Annie and Jack here with an exciting mini-blog about this week’s blog! #ablogaboutablog #SoMeta
JACK: This week, we want to talk about an exciting pivot we’re taking. As you already know, Annie and I have been publishing an original piece every week on Thursday 3pm EST. We’ve been focusing mostly on articles that highlight our life experience and examine marriage in a way that isn’t depicted in your standard marriage blog. As we always say, we’re trying to usher you into a new era of marriage conversations where we get really honest about the state of things and provide a space for the less traditional practices.
As we’ve been producing new content, we’ve discovered some things about ourselves and decided to make an exciting change. I’ll let Annie take it from here to explain more.
ANNIE: Behind the scenes, I’ve been really frustrated with the stuff I’ve written for this blog. It just doesn’t feel like me. It has kind of been sucking the life out of me, actually.
As a fiction writer, I care a lot about the things I put into words. So as I pounded out sentence after sentence about how vaguely “great” our friends were and how ambiguously “hard” managing our money could be, I was losing everything I loved about my art.
I think Jack is doing a really good job breaking down some really tough things about marriage in a really pithy way--a voice that feels authentic to him. Somewhere along the way, I decided that I had to do things the same way. It left me banging my head against a wall.
I believe the fire in my work comes from the details. I love taking some minute bit, some tiny tiny thing and making it feel like it contains the whole world. I love being unexpected. But the voice I had given myself on the blog felt, at least to me, boring. It felt like the opposite of what I love to do. No one told me I had to be this tepid, but I thought that’s what was needed on this marriage blog of ours.
Funny enough, that’s exactly what we’re trying to get away from.
We don’t want this blog to be another voice in a chorus of “6 Great Date Night Ideas” or “8 Ways To Improve Your Communication Skills.” We want to start a different conversation about marriage. I want to start poking at a higher truth that comes when you get brutally, hilariously honest.
While I still consider the topics I wrote on this summer to be important, I’m not going to be writing stuff like that anymore. I’m going to be focusing the things I’m really excited about, and they’re a lot weirder than what I’ve done in the past.
So, you can expect a new voice from me starting tomorrow. It’ll be quirkier, more fun, and a whole lot more honest than my previous posts. These are pieces I’m really proud and excited to share.
So hold onto your butts, friends. We’re about to shake things up.
New post tomorrow!
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Annie & Jack
Love. Marriage. Teamwork. Art. Offsetting the patriarchal footprint. These are some of the things we're thinking about.