Forest-1-1On Sunday, if it’s been a busy week, a sense of urgency overtakes me as I realize that once again my blog is due and I haven’t written a word.   Writing a blog is trickier than you’d imagine, at least if you’re not a narcissist. There are so many doubts. Who cares what’s on my mind? What can I add to the conversation? And whose conversation?

Some blogs might as well be one of those irrelevant, boring “Tweets” (“Just ate a salami sandwich—yum!”) . Who cares? A blog can start with a salami sandwich but in order to be interesting and informative, it should move on from the specific (“I ate a delicious salami sandwich”) to something more universal and interesting (The history of salami? Why we eat so many sandwiches?). Most people’s lives are not particularly compelling to anyone but themselves; what is universal in experience is of interest to many more of us.

In the past month I have discovered two blogs that I really like. One follows the guideline I have set for myself: go from the individual to the universal. The other follows no guidelines that I can discern other than that the author is a skilled writer, a professional gardener and a very good photographer.

Read them and enjoy: Slow Love Life by Dominique Browning  and The Anxious Gardener by David Marsden.








About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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