Personal Musings Filter
  1. Who Are You Writing For? Blogger Val Boyko Looks Beyond the “Like” Button

    A long-time blogger offers advice to more recent arrivals on the scene.

    Inspiration
  2. On Writing a Novel: “Should I Be Writing Bigger?”

    Michelle, writer at The Green Study, muses on novel writing and committing to the process.

    Books
  3. “Choose a windy day and stand at any spot out in the country. Then (this part is important) turn your back to the wind. Open the box and toss the ashes into the air. For the first time in my well-planned life, let the wind take me where it may.”

    Death
  4. Letting Go of Home

    “For the first time, I started to see my home objectively and realized the attachment I felt wasn’t to the frames that lined the shelves or the duvet that covered my bed.” Lily at True North Nomad describes one of the challenges of becoming nomadic.

    Exploration
  5. : the great debate :

    Musings on inspiration that will resonate with any blogger: “Ideas, I’ve decided, are like birds, very, very skittery. Attempt a sudden grab and, fwip, away it goes.” The Whirly Girl had a great idea for a post… but what was it, again?

    Humor
  6. Share Your Passion: A Writer (and New Blogger) on Finding a Community for Her Work

    “There is no writer’s block other than the will of the writer.”

    Inspiration
  7. breaking the surface

    Tenille Campbell recognized burnout and then did something about it: “But slowly, slowly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t feel the joy. I couldn’t feel the passion. I felt… grey. Nothing. Absent.”

    Commentary
    Photo by Tenille Campbell
  8. “As an introvert, you need to know yourself. What you need, and what stresses you out. It’s not about what you can do. Most introverts can impersonate social butterflies when necessary. . . . It’s about balancing the cost of those performances with your own mental health.”

    Personal Musings
  9. I Did My Hair in Case Matt Damon Showed Up to My Lumpectomy

    “I looked pretty, I thought, pretty enough for surgery and possibly Matt Damon.” Sara Dorner, a mother of two, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Here, she reflects on her diagnosis with a bit of humor.

    Death
  10. Fifteen Blogging Tips from a (Relatively) New Member of the Community

    A few months into her WordPress.com blogging adventure, Christine Ray of Brave and Reckless shares her spot-on observations on how to build a successful site — and a loyal audience.

    Inspiration
  11. Falling Half in Love with Strangers: What’s the Word for That?

    Blogger Quinn reflects on a past encounter with a stranger in Vienna, Austria.

    Nostalgia
    Image via When I Do Get the Manual?
  12. Finding Ourselves at Montrose Dog Beach

    Will on guidance from his dogs: “He raced in one direction . . . then chased a floating leaf, then jumped on a bench . . . then took off running happier than before. He had no idea what he was doing and he loved every minute of it. I can relate.”

    Animals
  13. Averting the Apocalypse, Quietly

    Logan Goldberg reflects on how we need a world with fiction: “And maybe we need a world wherein we escape from our outside influences and pour ourselves onto the page, and then show those pages to anyone willing to give them a chance.”

    Books
  14. Art
  15. Do we need role models?

    “I like having chosen the road less traveled, with its many twists and turns. But a compass and a guide are helpful.” At Broadside, Caitlin Kelly muses on getting older and looking for role models.

    Personal Musings