Just as magpies are attracted to shiny and sparkly things to build their nests, my attention is drawn to a range of exciting shiny and sparkly topics to write about which form the foundations of my blog.
My blogging friend, Sadje asked if there is one topic we write about more than others in her Sunday Poser #125. I guess since I’m a blogging magpie, the answer has to be no. Maybe as I write and develop my writing skills, I may find I have a preference, but for now I’m enjoying variety and my shiny and colourful range of topics.
In terms of writing, I go from more formal and serious pieces on academic/study skills and occasional HR topics, through to exploring my interests by writing about leisure pursuits – visits to cafes and restaurants. You can see I still have a lot to do as despite the title of my blog (Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops) no castles have featured yet. I hope to change that over the Easter break as I’m planning a magical visit to Stirling Castle.
Perhaps magic could be a possible ‘most popular theme’ for me. Not deliberately, but I have written a couple of ‘magical’ posts which have been some of the most enjoyable to create.
I have also been exploring writing more creatively, but its still early days, and I can’t really say I have a preferred topic or genre. Building my shiny magpie blog allows me to explore different ways of writing and develop my writing abilities.
Where I am today and where I see things going/developing
I hope to develop a good range of resources that will provide support and guidance for students. When I started this blog I did wonder if I should have separate blogs for the different areas, but it would appear that the variety of categories is working for this magpie.
I’d put this into two separate areas as I consider myself to have 2 separate professions – that of HR professional and as an educator/lecturer. I don’t feel I’ve really developed my writing in these areas yet, but they are of interest. In particular HR and looking at the ways in which the world of work changes and how it impacts on us all. I guess my most recent post about Hate Crimes would fit under this banner.
Castles and Coffee Shops
Linking to one of the original foci of the blog. I do like my sight-seeing jaunts, historic monuments, coffee shops (and restaurants) and some interesting curiosities. These are fun and I will definitely be continuing. I won’t always succeed, but I do try to find a different angle and look for some curiosities in my experiences. Check out the seaside in Sheffield as an example (and one of my first posts)
This one is difficult to define as I guess I can add a creative flare to anything. I write about. So I will write creatively when and where inspiration strikes, be that blogging prompts, 4am inspiration, or magic stardust at coffee shops. Its the one area where I really don’t know what direction it will take, but its also the one I’m most excited about, perhaps because its allowing me to venture into the unknown.
Reflecting on what I’ve just written, I love writing and discovering I’m not bad at it; so I’m enjoying blogging. The variety of blogging categories works because I can write shorter, more straightforward posts while I work on the more in-depth pieces which require more research etc, allowing me to be able to blog as often as I would like. However, I fear I may be overthinking as even the ideas that seem to be straightforward – turning into magpies as this post demonstrates – it would have been easy to answer the question; not sure where the magpie idea came from but I decided to run with it. Creativity is everywhere.
They say variety is the spice of life – so no single preferred theme, but lots of sparkle and I’ll keep you on your toes, wondering what I’m going to delight you with next.
Happy reading and blogging from your favourite Magpie. 😘
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