The Strait That Divides Us

Write what you know.

It’s the oldest adage applied to anyone who has ever put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. When I started blogging in 2005, I wrote what I knew: about my everyday life. As the years flipped by, my blog changed from a very personal space into a love letter to Vancouver Island to nothing more than re-worded press releases. No matter the topic, I still felt that I was writing of things I knew much about.

Except that’s no longer true.

A lot of people tend to be surprised to learn that I don’t, in fact, live on Vancouver Island. Last week, I met local blogger Marc Smith at a Dine Out Vancouver evening sponsored by AMEX. He mentioned that it was really great that I made it all the way over from Vancouver Island for the event. In truth, I made it all the way downtown from somewhere nestled between Kerrsidale and Dunbar.

I haven’t lived on Vancouver Island in almost a decade.

So can I still write about “what I know” in tandem with publishing posts about Vancouver Island? I don’t think so. I don’t feel so. What I know and what I experience today is different from that of five years ago and even from five months ago.

I live in a sweet white house surrounded by a white picket fence with the man I love and our dog. Our weekends are spent drinking home-brewed coffee, reading books, roaming the trails at Pacific Spirit Park or in Burns Bog, planning our wedding (more about that another day), or finding inspiring ideas on the shelves at Home Depot. All of these things, here, in Vancouver.

A lot has changed in nearly 10 years.

Last weekend, after a rainy Saturday dinner of phở and vegetable spring rolls, J asked me if I’m still blogging. “No…” I told him. He asked me why and I simply stated that I’d rather live my life than write about it. But the truth is that, while maintaining the blog I had been writing was becoming nothing short of a chore, I do still love to write. And writing what I know – that is, my life – can be quite simple when I feel inspired to do so.

Continuing to call this a Vancouver Island Blog makes absolutely no sense. The Island has and always will be a place I can call home, but it is not my home. It is not my life any longer. Removing that title from my blog removes with it the burden of what, for so long, felt like forced content and posts that lacked any kind of imagination. Removing that title frees me up to write about whatever I want, whenever I want.

While I can expect to lose some readership, I hope that most of you who have been following me will continue to join me with wherever my writing might take us all.


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15 Comments on “The Strait That Divides Us

  1. I love this candid post. To be honest right back at you, I am even more interested in your posts with content that you feel inspired to write :)

  2. I have always loved reading about people lives and what they love. I look forward to this new blogging journey of yours :)

  3. I hope you continue to write – whatever the topic. I love reading your posts, no matter the topic. Your writing is clear, concise and always a joy to read. The content is always interesting. You will definitely not lose a reader here, and I hope you continue to write for a long time to come.

  4. Regardless of the title I’ll still drop in on a regular basis for a read!

  5. I love your posts and am looking forward to more—Vancouver Island (where I live) or Vancouver (where my daughter lives) or anywhere else, for that matter.

  6. You write well on any subject, but you excel when you are passionate about something – be it Jordy, J, Vancouver, baking, your niece or even shampoo!

    I’d rather you write what you want, when you want, because you want to – even if its only once a year!

  7. I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’ve been waiting for a new post for a long time!

    I believe your writing has to change with your environment. Victoria will always be my home but I can’t imagine writing about it often.

    Cheers to wherever your writing goes next. :)

  8. I am on the east coast, and I don’t even remember how I found your blog all those years ago, but I come back for the Keira-Anne, not the Vancouver Island. Just keep writing! I will definitely still be reading.

  9. Dearest Keira,

    As you know, I’ve taken a few time-outs over the years (and we discussed some of them, indeed, over tea!). The latest one took me from September 2012 to January 2013 and I loved it. I no longer blog the way I used to, but I’m trying to get back on my terms and my conditions. I am glad you are writing on your terms, whenever you want to, not whenever you feel to.

    My blog did become a chore. It became a fighting ground instead of a personal canvas (e.g. local bloggers fighting for brand-related perks). Thus, I have decided that I’ll write what I want when I want. I hope you will continue to write because I love what you write.

    And if you don’t, I will still love you and cherish your friendship all the same.

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