Because she said so. That's essentially what the title of this blog means. It's based on the legal phrase ipse dixit. Technically translated as "He himself said [so]," it's used to describe "an unsupported statement that rests solely on the authority of the person who makes it"—which to me sounds pretty much like the definition of a blog.
I should say straight off the bat that there's something that feels decidedly 2002 about starting a blog. (Maybe I'll share it on Friendster!) And I've also hated that word since the first time I heard it. So maybe it's time for a bit of rebranding here. This is not a blog. It is an online journal. It's a collection of thoughts and observations that I have from day to day that I don't know what to do with but also don't want to forget. It'll center around things that I find interesting.
These include (in no particular order):
-home renovation (specifically renovation involving architectural salvage)
-motherhood (I have a sixteen-month-old; it comes with the territory)
-stories I hear from Uber drivers
-Hamilton the musical
-child-rearing (separate from motherhood, in that motherhood is a state of being, whereas child-rearing is something that I proactively am engaged in)
-trying to redefine my relationship with my phone (i.e. use it less and with more purpose)
-food and nutrition
-diabetes (I have Type 1)
-the as-of-yet not-really-acted-upon desire to get back into playing music
I'll add to this list from time to time, but for now that pretty much sums up where I am right now. Part of the motivation for this online journal is that I feel like I am having trouble concentrating these days, and can't muster up the energy to really dive into any of the larger projects that I've got swimming in my mind. But part of the motivation is also that I've spent the past 15 years building up my career as a freelance journalist and, while I'm happy with and proud of my accomplishments, I also feel that I've shifted away from the type of writing I like the most.
In addition, I want to redefine my relationship with technology. I spend way too much time reading The New York Times on my smartphone and feel like my life is being sucked away via its tiny little screen. I want to do a little more thinking and reflecting and a little less succumbing to click-bait. ("Five Insane Reasons To Start A Blog As A 37-Year-Old Professional Writer!") Yes, I recognize the irony of trying to turn away from technology with the help of a computer, but my handwriting these days sucks, and I can type a hell of a lot faster than I can print.
So let's see what happens.