I did not expect to find inspiration for my blog from a tutoring appointment I had to cover today. The tutee, a native Korean speaker, wanted me to check her blog posts to see whether they sounded like idiomatic English. I fell in love with her blog, banquet365.blog.com. Despite its title, My Continual Feast, it’s not exactly a food blog, though she does occasionally include some pretty delectable-looking descriptions and pictures of her culinary creations. In general, “feast” here should be understood in a metaphorical sense. It’s a feast consisting of notes from friends, watercolor Christmas cards, Central Virginia foliage, good dreams, and a beloved cat. It’s a feast, in short, of all God’s blessings. Looking at her blog made me a bit embarrassed of my long, sometimes pretentious posts. When I showed her my blog, I wished I had included more pictures, more recipes (told in narrative style), fewer words. (She did say she would use my blog as “homework” to practice her English reading comprehension…not exactly what I envisioned when I started it, but at least somebody is getting some use out of it.)
This is another blog that inspires me: allisonscoles.wordpress.com. The author of this one is a native English speaker, a very articulate one, but she manages to keep her posts simple and lovely, and people actually want to read them the whole way through. I want my blog to be more like these two that I’ve mentioned. Maybe that will really happen; maybe it won’t–after all, I’m me, not them. But you can probably expect a few changes over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, you should start following these other beautiful blogs.