Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Welcome to Fig and Thistle
It may seem like my decision to leave Blogger came suddenly in a bout of mania, but I've been ruminating over the move for ages. Blogger was pretty good to me, but lately I endured several frustrating glitches and I was tired of the entire look of Blogger. My html experience is lacking (okay, pretty much non-existent) and I thought my layout clunky at best.
I have seriously analyzed some of the blogs I adore to establish what it is that hooks me. Several of the blogs I enjoy like this one, this one, and this one are WordPress blogs. The look is very clean and well-organized and that is something that this library girl can completely support.
There were several other reasons why I made the switch to a new blog. First of all I started The Blog Jar fresh out of college and while I was still obsessing over Sylvia Plath and overall completely frustrated with life. That was the first Blog Jar (the one I irrevocably deleted after a bout of vodka drinking-- long story) and then I started The Blog Jar again in January of 2007.
I feel like I've outgrown that blog. Since January of 2007 I've married and am expecting a new baby. My daughter is fast approaching tweendom and I've accepted the fact that I will never find my blog niche. I've struggled with deciding if I should blog about my personal life, or be a strict book blogger, or move to embroidery blogging, or scrap everything else and bake my ass off.
I still love Plath, but not in the same way. I don't identify with her personal life quite as much. There are still some blue days and days I struggle to balance family, work, and creativity, but on the whole I have an amazing sense of contentment my life. I need a place where I can share my days (not in a spilling the sordid sort of way). I want to share that blend of work / family / reading / creating that makes time special. There will still be sarcasm and rants, but perhaps this blog will reflect the balance I have in my life rather than leaning heavily in a certain direction.
The realization has struck that I'm an everything or nothing blogger. Truly, "my candle burns at both ends." I love to be busy and my days are filled with family and friends, baking and stitching, reading, and tons of other things I enjoy. Compelled to share everything I love, I can't limit or structure my blog neatly into a specific category.
Some of my friends have asked why I chose the name Fig and Thistle. It is a name inspired by a favorite collection of Edna St. Vincent Millay poems, A Few Figs From Thistles. I haven't researched this to see if my literary opinions are "correct", but to me the collection captures a vibrancy and excitement with life. Also, thistles are prickly fellows and figs are juicy and delicious, I think the title implies that even when things are "prickly" one can always find something wondrous. For example, no matter how bad things are, I can always enjoy a hug from Hope, or nap with my cat, or watch Monty Python skits with Sam, or indulge in a slice of warm bread with a giant cup of tea, or lose myself in a book. And I'm a firm believer in nothing cures depression like a trip to the library. My hope is that this blog will be 100% me figs, thistles, and all.
Welcome to Fig and Thistle.