Once upon a time, I was a writer, or at least, a part time writer. I was a creator, an originator of ideas. I used my pen for good, educating people on bills, on politics. I had a gift, or so many people once told me, for explaining the minutiae of politics and breaking it down into further understandable bites - of connecting the dots for some people. My gift, lay in showing people not only how x, y, and z were connected, but how x, y, and z connected to their lives and why they should care about x, y, and z.
Tumblr is an awesome place for pictures, for reblogs, and the like. It is an awesome place to get lost in. When I came here, initially, I fell in love with the place. That love will stay with me for a good long while, as, in all honesty, I should probably love WordPress, but I just can’t stand it. Blogpost/Blogger, either. Both blogging vehicles feel like you’re out there, in the middle of the world, holding on to yourself. There are wonderful people that can make a go of them, and create well read and insightful blogs and actually manage to market themselves on WordPress and Blogger. I’m not one of them. Tumblr, puts the pieces together, at least in my head, so I’m not putting my Tumblr “For Sale” sign up any time soon.
However, the detriment of Tumblr is that it is easy to fall into the cracks of the reblog and the re-reblog… It’s easy to “like” and “reblog”… and, lately, I find myself putting far too many comments on pictures, instead of funneling those thoughts and those words into something more productive: into being the person / writer / blogger that I once was and was actually not only good at, but proud of.
So, starting over the next few days, I’m going to be making some changes. There are going to be less reblogs. If I have a thought, I’m going to properly credit sources, but I’m going to take the time to write insightful things, with a little bit of humour, laced in. Bethanysworld.com will be a place where “issues” are the sole focus, and by that I mean, I will focus on politics, obviously, but I am also going to be gearing my world towards two issues that I care the most about: labor and “women’s rights”. There will be a smattering of education tidbits, mostly revolving around education in Texas, and there will also be a bit of focus on Texas state politics, as well as local politics in and around Houston and Harris County.
I mention all of this, because there’s going to be a greater effort on my part to distinguish “fun” and cute from here. Unfortunately, I need focus. I need a lot of it, and I’m also going to be directing that focus to a greater extent to other professional avenues, such as my work with the Ironworkers Local 84, here in Houston. Over the next month, I’m hoping that these positive changes, will lead somewhere fruitful. However, this is where my soul is taking me.
To that extent, a few of you will lose thepoliticalb as a follower (and probably already have), but you will gain my other blog. To those of you that wish, you may unfollow thepoliticalb or bethanysworld.com (and ask me for the link to the other one, if you do not already know it). I still think there will be something to interest you here, but, somehow, someway, I need to have a separation and devoted times to each endeavor. I’d like to say I’ll officially write something up everyday, but that’s probably unrealistic. My goal is two awesome writings a week, with no more than four or five reblogs a day, and the occasional video for sharing. (That’s on bethanysworld.com.)
My other blog will continue to be a bit more fun, a lot looser, and a lot less “in focus”… but, it will also probably be a lot more personal, and I will probably begin to share a little bit more there. Music, will be focused on that blog, and not here. The Categories section on each blog will be more centrific to each blog, as well….
I just think, it’s time to stop “chasing” something, and start focusing on being myself and what I’m good at, again… all good things always happen when I do that… as they probably should. After all, it’s really the only way to live happily ever after… right?