I’ve entered the enigmatic post-college transition stage and am taking things in stride.
After two short days of rest (which weren’t actually restful since I spent them unpacking and rearranging my room), I’ve begun working full-time. My family owns an apple orchard and now that the growing season is here, my dad needs all the help he can get. It’s tiring work, but I’m happy to stay busy and active. Plus, most of the tasks are pretty menial, giving my brain a welcome rest from four years of college.
During this time at work, I’ve had more than enough time to think. You see, I’ve been mulling over what to do with the blog now that I no longer have essays sucking from my writing capacity. Having a schedule with weekly events is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. So, I figured… why not? I’ve been knocking around a few ideas and have put together a couple new features!
Here we go… *Drumroll Please*
On the Shelf: Using the title from my previous book-themed posts, every week I will be discussing my summer reads. Now that I have my degree, my reading is no longer constrained by professors and classwork. I’ve got a massive pile of books in my room that I’m just itching to touch. Each week in this feature, I’ll provide a brief summary of the text, rate it on a five-star scale, and discuss my thoughts/experience. To keep myself from burning out, I will only cover one book per week. These posts will come out on Tuesdays.
Pleasant Valley Thursday: I like to blog about things that go on in my life, and this summer the majority of my time will be spent working on the farm. So, I thought, why not make a feature about it? The title comes from the name of my family’s orchard. In this feature, I’ll give you a taste of what it’s like to live on an apple orchard/pick-your-own strawberry patch. I’ll list the various jobs that I do throughout the week. (Which may sound a bit dull, but trust me: reading about labor is better than doing it!) I will spice it up with the week’s highs and lows and will also try to include at least one photo a week so you can get a sense of what things look like. I’m really looking forward to these–although it may take a while to get into the swing of things, coping mechanisms of boring, unpleasant work can be varied and entertaining. These posts will come out on Thursdays.
In addition to these, I hope to publish at least one non-themed post every week. Those will be more in-the-moment, similar to what I’ve done until now. I’ll also be putting out Sketchbook Corner posts when enough art piles up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that WordPress puts on one of their Blogging 101 classes this summer. I wouldn’t mind sharpening up my site and making new friends.
I hope you’re excited about all summer has to offer. I know I am! I’m really looking forward to posting more tightly themed content. I’ve got a little notebook dedicated to planning my posts and everything! If you have any feedback on my planned features on how to make them better/more interesting, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Also, if you have ideas for any other new features, share those too!