Today’s task for Blogging101 was to review my blog’s title and tagline. This has been the same since I set up the blog:
Kirstwrites: random stuff about family, food, books and writing.
I like kirstwrites. Kirst is an abbreviation of my name that only a very few friends, and usually the ones I’ve loved most, have used. So using Kirst makes me happy, and running it together with ‘writes’ to make one word feels good, it joins up me (and me at my happiest, in my deepest friendships) with my writing. And Kirst gives a hint of my name to the blogosphere but doesn’t reveal exactly who I am, and it’s nice to preserve a bit of anonymity.
But…. “Random stuff”? Doesn’t sound great. Who wants to read random stuff? I probably don’t have time to read random stuff myself, so why would I expect anyone else to? And what kind of stuff exactly about family, food, books and writing?
I’ve looked through my posts and they’re mostly about the experience of being a mum to 2 girls in the 21st century, with what I like to think are witty observations about the pitfalls of social media, mass media, the state education system, etc etc. I’ve done a few blogs about family days out, and on a challenge to give up supermarkets for Lent last year. Occasionally I get sentimental and write about family members I’ve loved and lost, and this is something I’d like to do more of. I occasionally have a political outburst, and I also still harbour the idea of reviewing childrens books. But the Lent challenge has been and gone, and I haven’t blogged about food for over a year, so that needs to come off the tagline straight up. As does ‘books’ because, to be honest, if you come to my site looking for book reviews at the moment, you’re going to be disappointed.
So I’ve decided to update my tagline to:
Aspiring writer, perspiring mother, blogging on the ups and downs of parenting, punctuated with occasional leftie feminist outbursts.
I think this puts my writing ambition centre stage, and sums up what my blog is about, as well as giving a clear indication of what my political leanings/ values are. I was going to include “blogging about great places to go and great books to read” but seeing as I’ve only done one book review, and haven’t written about a family day out since March, I’ve left these out for now – but they may come back in later if my blog content merits it.
I’m happy with this I think – but I’d love to hear what other people think. Does this give a clearer description of what my blog is about, does it make it sound more inviting and read-able? Let me know!