If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ve probably found yourself asking “What are you on about, Dawn?”
I admit, my interests can change as fast as spring weather in Texas, so it can be hard to keep up.
In the last five year alone, I’ve played around with photography, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, weight lifting, running, short story writing, novel writing, memoir writing, blogging, minimalism, fishing, and soap making. Whew!
Sometimes when I look at this list, I feel like a flake! Someone who lacks “stick-with-it-ness.” Possibly even a quitter.
But the other day, I had an “ah ha” moment while reading an entry on the Widow Badass Blog. According to a professor this blogger once knew, there are two kinds of people: diggers and dabblers. Diggers are those most likely to win the Nobel Prize, while dabblers are those folks who spend their life learning about whatever interests them at the time. (Being a dabbler sounds like a lot more fun!)
Blogging has been one of my dabbles over the years.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the ripe old age of 37, I created my first blog, where I struggled to put into words the horrors and triumphs of cancer treatment.
A few years later, I started a new blog, which chronicled my dating adventures after being married to a gay man for 16 years. Let me just say, there was a steep learning curve!
Fast forward seven years or so, I created yet another blog with the intention of journaling about my life as I gave up drinking. That blog existed for a hot minute before I gave up…the blog, not the quitting drinking.
And finally there was this blog, the one where you find yourself today.
Each of my other blogs has had a very specific purpose, and I tried to do that again with this one. I’ve read all the experts who tell me I need to identify my target market, create my brand, develop my niche. For my blog to ever be successful, I need to tighten my content, to FOCUS!
But my God, that’s just SO BORING! Like stab-myself-in-the-eye-with-a-fork boring. As a dabbler, I just can’t be bothered to stick with one subject for any length of time. I do enough of that at my day job, thank you very much! And so my poor blog has sat here dormant, ignored for the most part, waiting for the day I figure out what to do with it.
And today, October 2, 2019, the day after my mother’s 73rd birthday, is that day. It’s the day I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and just start writing whatever the hell I want to write! Niche be damned! How about that for some mid-life rebellion?
So what can you expect?
Most likely, I’ll be sharing a word or two about navigating my way through mid-life. (I’ll try to not make them curse words, no promised though!) Let’s be real here; I’m an almost 51-year-old woman, and life is throwing me for a loop right now. I may need to talk through it a bit…
Some of my posts may be inspiring, positive, and uplifting, but some may be just the opposite.
I may dredge up the past every now and again, because like most people who’ve reached my age, my past has a lot to do with where I am today. Plus, it’s somewhat on the crazy/nutso/interesting side.
And sometimes I might simply write about fishing because I absolutely adore fishing.
For good measure, I’ll probably throw in a few thoughts about:
- My interest d’jour
- Living in an (almost) empty nest
- Escaping consumerism and trying to live a slower life
- Maintaining good nutrition and fitness in an older body when I want to eat all the ice cream and binge-watch Netflix while lying prone on the couch
- Living sober in a booze-filled world
- Freaking out about cancer Kicking cancer’s ass
With so many thoughts whirling about inside my head, who knows what might escape!
I do know a couple things though, and I can promise you this: I will not remain on topic (because there isn’t one), and I won’t filter myself. I’m sorry in advance to the sensitive souls I offend, but I’m just not a filtered type of person.
Let’s do this thing!