OK y’all, this is an audience participation blog. Get ready to share!
I’ve been grappling with a conundrum of late, and am at that point of inner stalemate that begs for outside feedback.
As my husband and I have gotten settled here in Florida, I’ve been getting greater clarity on my own aspirations and directions. As that happens and as I dive newly headlong into my two passions of Community-Building / Neighborhood Organizing and Art, I’d like to share the journey as well as the resources, victories, insights and neat things I find along the way by “re-upping” my blogging to a consistent, rich flow of content.
BUT — I keep getting caught up in this big thorny question:
Up until now, my blog (http://www.aprildoner.com/blog/) has embraced multiple topics, generally being around “Community Building/ Social Change / Asset-Based Neighborhood Organizing / Citizenship” OR around “Art / Being an Artist / Storytelling.”
Should split these into two separate blogs? Or can they coexist organically under one bloggy umbrella home, and still make sense?
I’ve done a bunch of research and have found arguments and also examples which would support both answers…
Here’s why I haven’t thus far:
- Most of my readers come via knowing me, and as such seem to enjoy seeing stuff that reflects both sides of who I am.
- I think these topics can often overlap–ie. these two practices, like others, when done well, reveal similar patterns and lessons and sometimes pose similar struggles. Plus art is very important to community-building/social change, and I see my life as a big petri dish for learning how.
- Some reason that’s hard to articulate… perhaps that I like synthesis over separation? I like all these things to have one “home” together.
As I move forward, I’d like to start producing with consistency this particular kind of content:
- Interviews with amazing people doing amazing things in the above fields mentioned.
- Going deeper into the intersection between neighborhood connectivity / organizing and systemic economic change.
- My own stories of experimentation in seeking, revealing and connecting abundance in my own community.
- The art I’m producing, with requests for feedback from other artists, or anyone really.
- Research and experiments in the space between artistic storytelling and creative social change.
Do you see these things working under one cyber-roof? Or should one of these areas perform its own (non-catastrophic) “Blexit”?
AND, of course, please share any ideas on other kinds of posts you’d like to see, or suggestions for making my blog great.
Ideas – Suggestions – GO!!!!!