It’s been nine months since I moved the old neilfein.com to WordPress, and renamed this site Magnificent Nose, and moved away from bloggish all-about-me posts towards more general-interest articles. The nose doesn’t have a huge audience, but we do have people who keep coming here, and other writers regularly contributing–one of them doing so weekly.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a song called Way Station, about a dorm I loved in while in college. This past Saturday morning, I ran upstairs and told my wife I’d started a new song. So all this writing I’ve done for the Nose has stimulated me creatively. Some of the other people who’ve written posts here have told me they’re also writing their own stuff a lot more. This site has, as far as I’m concerned, achieved its primary purpose: To inspire other creative work.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks the Nose faces is that it’s not about a central topic. There are pieces about books and music and bicycles and photography. And then there’s the Friday Ask Ceil column. This site has no focus apart from striving to produce well-written essays. Although, maybe it does: Many of my favorite articles here are about creativity in one form or another. Perhaps that’s the site’s focus.
Last week, in an attempt to give the site more structure, I started doing certain posts on different days. The full schedule is up on the About the Nose page, but I want to try doing certain posts on certain days. (Fridays will continue to be Ask Ceil day, of course.)
Looking at the numbers, I know that at least a few people come here regularly. Please take a minute and tell me in the comments: What would you like to see more of here? What would keep you coming back?