Nine months

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?

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5 thoughts on “Nine months

  1. I started reading this blog because I follow Ceil on Twitter and I find her “Ask Ceil” column very funny. My own blog has a similar “problem” of not having a particular central theme…I write whatever inspires me each week. I would love to have more readers but I started writing because I wanted to and now, 12months on (I just wrote a post to celebrate my 1st anniversary as a blogger), I am still loving it and find inspiration in everyday things. So I would say keep writing whatever inspires you and I’ll keep coming back 🙂

    • @Valerie – I’m wondering if I should look for more writers who can do comedy. Would love to be able to update more than three times a week, although I can’t do more than a couple of posts and still have them be worth reading.

      However, editing Ceil’s writing (which seems to be less work each week) is influencing my own style, in a way that I think is a good one. I’m letting myself relax and be more spontaneous, adopting a slightly less formal style.

  2. I like the eclecticism. I like Ask Ceil. I’m not, as a rule, interested in cycling or music production, but I read those anyway because they’re yours. I like your posts on language. I like that you have different people writing for you, and I’d love to see you have more guest bloggers. I’d be one myself, only I’ve branched out a bit! 😉 You know a lot of interesting people, so in some ways, your blog could be a sort of salon of the topics that interest you. Long Live the Nose!

    • @Julie – I think that, for a while at least, I’ll be posting some of the bike stuff over here on this group bike blog, where I can be more of a gearhead for an audience that gets that stuff.

      You’re not the only one to mention that the bike stuff isn’t of interest. It’s a big part of my life, but posts about tires and fenders and suchlike aren’t of general interest.

      The story about the stray dog I found on the towpath today, on the other hand, might well be a good one for this site. It’s all about context, I think.

      Glad to hear you like the variety of topics. I just want to find a way to say, “This site is about [foo]”, where [foo] is a short, simple, easily-remembered phrase.

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