What I Am

Apparently there is a word for the kind of blogger I am:

A lifestyle blogger creates content inspired and curated from their personal interests and daily activities. As such, lifestyle blogs are oftentimes highly personalized to the author’s location, life stage and experience.

The Elgin Avenue

Yeah, I’m a lifestyle blogger!

Thing is, though, I don’t share even a fraction of the interests I have in life on this blog.

F’rinstance, did you know that I went to a hardware store today and bought a branch lopper (for pruning trees), a garden hose sprinkler attachment (for sprinkling water in eight different ways) and a watering-can rose (for sprinkling water from a watering-can). But where on my blog have you seen me write about gardening? Hmm – apart from the one about the grass, that is.

And then there’s the fact that I like to climb trees. Just this week alone I’ve climbed three trees: a pear tree, an apple tree and a tree-house tree (that just happened to be an apple tree. I mean, where do see me writing about fruit or trees? I just don’t! Well, apart from that I like watching them from afar; I must have done that a lot. I think.

I work as a software engineer. And I’ve never told you that before. And I probably never will again. I’m just not really interested in computers anymore. Sure, I used to be when I was a kid and so this is a lifelong dream come true. But actually, it’s not so interesting as a day-job. I’d much rather be writing. Or reading. Or anything related to words. Hey, perhaps I should be a linguist when I grow up!

You might get the impression that I get bored easily (well, I get that impression anyway) but it’s not exactly that. It’s that I get interested in stuff when it scares me. Probably I want to find out more about scary things so that I can defeat them in mortal combat. Then, when I know everything about them – their weaknesses and vulnerabilities – I can leave them alone. Computers scared me, so I learned how to take them apart and put them back together again (or leave them in the garage in discombobulated parts). Now that they have no hold over me I’m ready to move on.

So there’s a lesson for me: if I want to maintain interest in something then I need to know nothing about it. Maybe that’s why I like talking to utter strangers on the internet! Ooo, Robert – tonight is just revelation after revelation!

I think I’ll leave it there. I’ve totally forgotten what I started to write this post for, but I feel fulfilled all the same. And I hope you do too (even though I know there’s not a kitten in a pool’s (or a snowflake in hell’s) chance that you do). Anyways, have a nice rest of your day.

And no – I’m not proofing this either.

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