Personality Puzzle

It’s 6pm on a Monday night, so you know what that means: we made it through the first day of the week, and I’m in my pajamas and I’ve hit my productivity level for the day.

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One thing that has been plaguing me for the week or so that I’ve been “back to bloggin,” is that I’m not really sure I have identified and stayed true to the purpose for which I began this blog.  Ok, so it was never really that clearly defined, but at least I felt as though I was accomplishing something in the beginning, even if it was something to keep my busy instead of snacking.  I consider myself to be a well-read blogger, and I have a few heroes:

What is it that I admire about these bloggers and their digital offspring?

  1. Writing Style – they’re all extremely engaging, creative, and keep my attention long enough for me to want to invest my few minutes of free time on a nightly basis while trying to ignore the ESPN commentary that fill my post-dinner living room air.
  2. Personality – You can really gain a sense of whom each of the authors are.  I know who are my loving life and upbeat gals are, and which bloggers to turn to when I need someone to share in my snarky take on mundane, daily life.  I also know who can inspire me to get my tush off the couch and make it to the gym every morning, and some of their own workout routines that I take along with me.
  3. A focus – Each blog has a distinct purpose and I can rely on that to stay consistent as I scroll through their photos and gifs.
  4. Entertainment – I can Wikipedia the hell out of a topic, but you’re getting the essential information.  In and out; no muss, no fuss.  No fun.  I don’t want to read the same information in the same format that I can find on any ol website, and these guys and gals know how to produce the pizzaz.

So how do I plan on putting these attributes to work in my own blog?  Well that’s the million dollar question that I am asking myself.

Blogger Inventory:

  • What is your purpose for writing?

In English, we talk about three different author’s purposes:  to persuade, to entertain, to inform.

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So what is my purpose?  I could go the “Inform” route and focus on education.  I am a certified English teacher, but I feel far from experienced enough in the classroom to tell anybody what they should and should not be doing.  I could also change the purpose of my blog to entertain, but I am a total niche sense of humor gal.  Not everyone understands what I find funny.

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  • What is your blog’s focus?/What type of blog do you want to produce?

I am a floundering blogger right now because I don’t know which direction is shore, so to speak.  I haven’t been consistent in blogging because I am not sure which direction I want to pilot this publication pot.  I have a few ideas here;  I want to stop being a trifecta of topics because it’s way too confusing, mostly for me.  Here are my options: Classroom/Education, Books, or Exercise.  There can be some overlap of course, but I want one main topic.  I am leaning towards Classroom/Education with a side focus of Books.  Quite honestly, those are the real bread and butter topics that consume my life.

  • What is your blogging voice/tone?

I can only be myself, which is someone who is brutally honest about my opinions, and sometimes they come off as a playful teasing all the way to snide.  I don’t want to be mean, but I do want to be genuine.  When something is exciting and pleasing to me, I want that to come across as legit and not pretentious.

Whatever I am, whatever I do, I want to be the best.  Even if “Best” is defined as “doing better tomorrow than today.”

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So what does this mean?   When all the goop has been cleaned off the walls and all the scraps of papers with scribbles have been uncrumpled and rammed through the shredder, I know that I am an educator at the core of my soul.  Therefore, from this point forward, Fancy Oatmeal shall be known as an emerging educational blog with a twist of book bloggery.

6 thoughts on “Personality Puzzle

  1. You are so sweet to mention my blog!!
    I must admit that it’s been a difficult time lately balancing it but it’s comments like yours that mean so much!! 🙂

  2. I am sincerely humbled, thank you so so much for your kind words and thoughts. Love the new style, the new look around these parts 😉 Take care and be inspired!

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