One of the things I’ve come to realize about this blog is that it is – I think you’ll agree – all over the darn place. I mean, there is a theme…I hope that much is obvious…but it’s pretty broad. That has an awful lot to do with the fact that it was our first endeavor of this sort – our first time blogging, Chris’ first time writing this much, and my first honest attempt at making writing a real part of my adult life. But the beginning of this blog also marked a big turning point in our lives and in our plans. To some extent, until we left England we were both in a bit of a state of limbo, not sure how we wanted grown-up life to look. We started WI&WN when we decided to start this crazy adventure of changing everything in our lives, from leaving our M-F/9-5’s to seeking a more solid picture of what the next 10 years would look like – at least a few bits and bobs, anyway.
To that end, gentle reader, I have lovingly made you into the guinea pigs I need for just such an effort. At the risk of sentimentality, I have to say that WI&WN is a force for me. It keeps me on my toes. It reminds me of what it is that I’m supposed to be aiming for and keeps me focused, a good trick indeed for a freelancer. And it’s a way to connect with you…writing isn’t a career that takes off overnight, but knowing that I’ve got a few regular readers (who are so incredibly supportive to boot) makes the process a lot easier. Because it’s really…not…always…easy.
It is, however, high time I expanded. I’ve got a couple of projects running in the background, but they’re not ready for show just yet. But quite recently I discovered Hubpages (I know. Under a rock, I tell you). All at once I decided to start posting hubs about a more specific subject: Practical Activism. This is a concept that really moves me, because I think there’s just so much guilt associated with who’s doing the right thing at the right time, and who’s just totally clueless, and who has time for any of this anyway, when all we’re trying to do, really, is lead decent lives for crying out loud??? And yet…this planet is in a bit of a state of emergency. I am overwhelmingly optimistic (because what choice is there, really?) that things can improve, but I also strongly feel that we’ve all got to get our heads out of the sand and figure out how to do better, with practicable, reasonable methods.
So here’s an official invitation to check out my thoughts on the matter! I’ve written four posts thus far:
- Practical Activism – Just explains the concepts behind it all;
- The Platinum Rule – All about respect;
- Volunteer This – Making the world work for you;
- Beyond Light Bulbs I: Composting – Part of a sub-series on planting greener pastures
And that’s them for the moment…although my to-do list informs me I’m supposed to be writing another one before the sun sets today…please pop by and have a look and let me know what you think!