I read a blog post recently where the blog owner was talking about her blog theme. The voices in my head started chatting to one another and the conversation got more frantic as each new thought emerged. "I don’t think I have a theme" "Am I supposed to have a theme?" "O.M.G I don’t have a theme" "Would I have more readers if I had a theme?" "Maybe if I had a theme I’d have a squillion readers and be totally famous" "I could win Australian Blogger of the Year, if I had a theme" "If my blog had a theme we might attain world peace".
My name is Mrs. Pyjamas and I have come to the realisation I do indeed appear to be theme-less.
After I’d recovered from my panic over my theme-less state (Yes I really do need to get a life) I got to thinking about some of the blogs I follow and whether or not a blog theme is an integral part of being an interesting blogger.
There are blogs out there that have become widely read as the result of a particular theme. Bakerella, and Pioneer Woman both cook. Cluck Cluck Sew and Crazy Mom Quilts quilt, Better After and Miss Mustard Seed renovate and restore. I enjoy reading these blogs but given that I’m pretty average at most things and not particularly brilliant at any one skill any blog I would write with only one theme would be as boring as bat crap. I’m not a great cook. You aren’t going to flock here to get my latest recipe. (I'm pretty sure a lot of you keep tuning in to see if SAJ and I have burned another kitchen down) My blog title implies that this is a quilting blog. If I only ever wrote about quilting, I’d do about 6 posts a year,none of which would blind you with my creativity and brilliance. I’m a fledgling quilter and all my quilting ideas are
stolen from inspired by the big guns. And we all know how I feel about renovation....it’s a necessary evil. I don’t actually enjoy the process. It’s a means to an end. And I'm not a fashionista or beauty expert ( case in point - I'm writing this wearing my suck your guts in jeans , a white t-shirt and grey Nanna cardigan, and my black fluffy slippers with fake diamantes ) So, I don’t have any singular outstanding talent on which to base my blog posts.
I'm not sure what this blog is about. I've never been sure. It’s about Translation Tuesday and Slack Tea Thursday, and my quilting misadventures and occasional successes , and ironing board covers, an occasional recipe if my family are lucky enough to have me cook, a run down of what I got up to on the weekend, random rant posts and whatever else takes my fancy at any given moment. Just like my life - because my life is not about one thing. My life is multi faceted and I want you to share it. My cakes don’t always rise, and my quilts don’t always work out. My husband isn't perfect and my house isn’t a show home. I have successes and failures. Some days I'm awesome and some days I'm horrible. I want you to share all the aspects of my life. I want you to feel you’re getting to know me. A bit at a time. Just like an actual friendship. Even if some of you do live half way across the world and we'll probably never meet. And I want for it to be a two way street. I want to know your stuff too. For me blogging is about connection. And there is no single theme for connecting with the diverse range of wonderful people I've "met " through blogging. And to limit myself to one subject or interest , I feel like I'd be denying myself the opportunity to meet people who can enrich my life and show me new things and different ways of thinking.
So, why do you blog and what's your theme?
P.S. I’m not sure why people read my blog but I’m totally stoked that people do. ( I swear I nearly peed my pants this week when I saw I have 58 people following me at the moment because never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that would happen –did 50 of you slip and add me by accident or what? )
P.P.S. I know I was absent this week. I have a sick note.