What I write about and why

I have had some readers send me emails recently complaining that this blog is no longer about country life and retirement.

I have news for them. It never was.

You might say that I observe and blog about country life because that provides a background against which major ripples of change stand out in marked contrast.

There is a set of mission statements at the top of the right sidebar which describe my reasons for creating and continuing this weblog.

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Here are some extracts from the mission statements:

I write to stimulate thought and possible action, not to prescribe to others what they should believe.

I will be discussing everything from micro-businesses to artists, anything that can affect your future.

The purpose of this weblog is to share knowledge and make it as entertaining as possible.

I have spent a lifetime observing events and looking for reasons. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I have observed that there are precursors for every social change. I think of these precursors as ripples in the fabric of life. All you have to do is to observe an interesting ripple and keep an eye on it from time to time, and the next thing you know you are in the midst of a sweeping change that alters the course of your life.

Ripples lead everywhere, which is why my posts cover a wide range of topics. You are free to ignore the ones that disturb you or don’t interest you. There are plenty of others which lead in directions you may wish to pursue. I don’t necessarily follow these topics to completion either.

My interest is in pointing these ripples, trends, paradigm shifts out to those who may have need of the information.

If you want to read about bunnies and butterflies, Leslie Shelor does a fantastic job. If you want to read about tractors and farm projects, Sean Pecor has everything you need.

The lesson I should learn from any disappointed readers is that my branding needs work.  I’ll do a survey to find what phrase communicates what to expect from reading this blog. You are welcome to contribute your thoughts.

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0 Responses to What I write about and why

  1. Leslie says:

    This relates to a discussion a fellow blogger and I had recently. She felt that she didn’t have a theme and I thought her theme was much stronger than mine. Interesting how we are perceived, and how we perceive our own work. I neve thought of your blog as a “country idyll” sort, but I’ve only been reading here for about a year.

  2. That was quite an opening, David! No doubt the disappointed readers haven’t been along for the ride as long as some of us have. Can’t blame them for seeing country life as a key theme, as you write about it so eloquently and with such feeling that they’re bound to be disappointed when they’re not hearing you describe some simple pleasure moment or another (accompanied by an envy-producing photo). Just keep ’em comin’ back.

  3. Jane Chin says:

    I like the diversity of your blog and got into reading your articles when you weren’t writing about country living! I don’t get it when people write to complain about posts they don’t like on blogs… that’s why we’re taught to skip over parts we aren’t interested in and focus on what we are interested in.

  4. Lisa Kae says:

    I understand and concur. This has been my struggle, I lack a focused ‘niche’ for my blog. I address nature & the environment, politics & the economy, and family life. I’m all over the map! But I figure that’s what interests me and where my albeit scattered focus (oxymoron?) lies for now. Thanks for your recent kind words.

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