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How I Became a Blogger

I have about six other articles that are waiting to be written, but I have been feeling the need to decompress a bit first. This past week I have been working on putting a professional online presence together, and it got me to thinking about where I come from in terms of my online persona and writing in general.

When I was a child, I tried keeping a traditional diary.  I would keep it up for a while, but at some point, I would forget about it in favour of whatever new project had just caught my eye. Months or years later, I would find the journal, read it, decide it was all drivel, toss it, and start again.  This went on until the early 2000s, when I started my first online journal.  Back then, the hot platform was LiveJournal.  This is from my very first post in July of 2004:

[…] rather than burden my friends on the forums with my weird rantings, I have decided to start up my own blog … call it my own little corner of insanity […]

LiveJournal was a nice easy step from discussion forums because the Friend’s Page helped all us regulars in touch – back before we all ended up on Facebook, bemoaning it’s lack of anything substantive to read.  I was a sporadic poster, but between 2005 and 2008, I kept it up pretty regularly.

March 24, 2008 was the day I started A Less Travelled Path.  Back then, it was called Pagan Perspectives.  It was designed as a place to showcase my articles on Pagandom, and all of the elements of the webpage that I no longer felt I had the time to spend designing and coding by hand.

In the beginning were all my most popular articles, book reviews, and tidbits of news from around the web.  Then, as I became more active in the Pagan Blogging Community, came the assorted posting challenges and topical blog projects.  As my life changed over the years, the content, the look, and the name of this blog changed.

I’m still a sporadic poster.  I get great winds of inspiration, and in-depth articles get researched and written.  Other times, other projects (and kids) take my time and attention away from the online world.  It’s a give and take.

In between the other articles and pages that need setting up and writing, I think I will make up an archive page for ALTP so that the old work is a bit easier to find.  Hopefully, none of the old articles have become drivel over the last decade or so.

Resolutions, Self Improvement, and Self Care

ra3I’ve always wanted to be the type of person who says, “I don’t believe in self-improvement.”  Unfortunately, I have to admit that I am somewhat addicted to it.  It’s the whole “new project” aspect of it.  I love starting new things.  Long time readers will know that where I lack is in the finishing.  I’ve started so many projects that haven’t really gone anywhere.  Either I forget, or lose interest.  Really, unless it’s a job, I’m not good at sticking to a schedule.

This year, while I am still compelled to do a full new year clean and cleansing of my home (I am procrastinating on the floors), I am also finding myself waffling on what I want to take on as a new project for the year.  My New Year’s resolution was about meditation and self-care (and doing a little more work on my blog).  Later this week, I am going for my first mani/pedi of the year – I think I will probably go with an Imbolc-y colour.

For the blog, I will probably be going through and overhauling some of the pages, and adding to some of the most popular topics.  I think that perhaps this is the year I need to give myself a break.  Prompted topics, while they can make for some really interesting content, tend to end up feeling like a chore, especially when they are due every week.

I’d like to write more on topics that are interesting to me, regardless of genre.  There are a lot of facets to me, so it can’t hurt to add some more facets to the blog.  I think the category of Pagan Lifestyle has room for all the things that make up me and my life.

One idea I had been tossing around in my head was the thought of contributing to some Pagan magazine sites.  It has been so long since I was up on the whole scene that I think it will take a bit of research to find out which sites are still active and popular – and looking for articles relating to a more secular approach to witchcraft and not only yet another spin on “How to Live a Religious Life”.  We’ll see how that goes.  I know that a lot of publications tend to shut down due to lack of interest/content.

On a positive note, no matter how flighty or lazy I get, this blog will always be here. Happy New Year – may yours be filled with blessings.

In Knitting Colour

Meathiel_red22 Today I have discovered that February is the month when we knitters (and other fibre artists presumably) return to colour after a long fall and winter of neutrals and grays.

I am all for this convention as February marks not only my birthday, but also a festival devoted to fire, warmth, and crafting.  It’s short, but February is an awesome month!

My ‘In Colour’ projects for the month of February will be the Lizzie Shawl in Tea Rose,

Tea Rose Lizzie Shawl
Tea Rose Lizzie Shawl (Photo credit: Phae Talon)

And a new pair of baby legs since the Little Girl has pretty well outgrown the pair I made her when she was 6 months old (she hasn’t outgrown them completely.  She has skinny legs, that kid).  The new pair will feature pom-poms.

Baby Legs
Baby Legs

What are your plans for getting back into colour?

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Look! A Real Blog Post!

MusicalPanties-Stock0000216I have found myself reading a lot more blogs this summer rather than writing.  As some of you may know, I’ve developed a distaste for random outrage and useless arguments over the past few years.  These days, I prefer my life to be simple, peaceful and focussed on those things that bring me joy.

While I do try to keep up with some of my favourite Pagan blogs, these last few weeks I have discovered some local foodie/mom blogs and knitting blogs that I am really enjoying.  Who doesn’t love food, and snuggly warm knitwear?

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A Less Travelled Path: Where Internet Memes go to Die

10I’ve seen various blog awards out there and have never paid a lot of attention to them.  Most of the ones I know of personally, are related to “Top Such&Such Type of Blog”, where the readers of a specific blog vote and whoever comes out on top wins.

I remember Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom was nominated for a “Top Mom Blogs” award a year or so back.  There was a big kerfuffle over one of the other finalists making a snide comment about how a “Pagan Mom shouldn’t even be eligible” and other such nonsense.

My blog has been nominated by Neferet and Witchy_Girl respectively for awards that are really more in keeping with internet memes. I’d actually completely forgotten about the first one until I received the Liebster Award nomination this morning.

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Year End Q & A

17This is the part where I ask you, my dear readers, to add your two cents.  I want to know what you like seeing here on A Less Travelled Path, and what you don’t like.  What do you want to see more of?  Less of?

And since I’m pummeling you all with questions, it’s only fair that you get to do the same.  Ask me anything.  Answers will be posted after the holidays.