Blogging 101 Day One

catblogI’ve been trying to kick this blog into life for months now, so I decided to give the WordPress Blogging 101 challenge a try.  I signed up for November, and then an unexpected life event ate up nearly the entire first half of the month (I’ll tell that horror story another time). Now I’m going to play catch up this week and see where it takes me.

The first assignment is an introduction post. I’ve always been very bad at those. Here goes.

Once upon a time, I was a enthusiastic writer and blogged regularly. I had a small but growing following that appreciated my sense of humor and story telling style. Then life got really weird, and more or less overnight I wasn’t stable enough to maintain basic commitments that would keep me fed and housed, much less stuff that left me exposed to the entirety of the internet.  So my writing, all my writing, fizzled out. There was a spark here and there over the years, even a few flare ups that almost pulled up the momentum to really do it again, but ultimately I just couldn’t get it together enough to keep a commitment to write regularly, publicly or privately.

hamstermechHappily, in the many years that have passed since then, I’ve put together a very nice little life with a decent job, wonderful partner, and residence in an active, interesting city. I have found myself with enough mental, emotional, and financial slack to really ask what I want to do with my time, and even with my life overall. I’ve always felt a calling to write, and when I do it feels like I’ve found a piece that’s been missing.

I’m not sure what this blog will be about. That has a lot to do with why I can’t seem to keep it going.  I don’t generally read “this is my life story” type blogs, but that’s definitely what I was writing in the past. I’ve taken stabs at becoming a movie or comic or book reviewer, and I’ll keep posting my thoughts on those things here.  I also really enjoy extra nerdy articles that are the result of hours of research and dot connecting, so some of those will show up.  I cook a lot, and have thoughts on vegetarianism and some of the other food movements going on. I make stuff, and I love craft/DIY blogs with great tutorials. I’m interested in news that has anything to do with scientific discovery, and I’m also a big online marketing nerd thanks to my job. I love monster movies, science fiction, and cheesy horror. I have really good advice on how to teach yourself anything and make it in today’s world without a college degree. I have an unhealthy love for cat GIFs.

I think I’ll just take a shot gun approach to it, and try to babble daily about anything that catches my interest until the blog develops a real personality. I chose the name Cheese and Glory kind of with that intent, after all.  To create a place where all my interests can live together. If I want to do something more personal, or separate out some of my other stuff, I can always start another blog.

So, yeah, that’s my introduction. I’m Jenn, and this is the blog Cheese and Glory.