Many years in the corporate world trained me to provide regular status reports. Writing this blog is a different sort of work environment. I have enormous latitude. You, my bosses, are very lenient, and smile affectionately as I wander these virtual halls, mug of tea in hand, stopping at your virtual cubicles, showing you my shoes, telling you about my children and my Aunt Priscilla’s wedding.
I started Privilege in February of 2009. A year later, I asked you all to give me some direction via an online questionnaire. I thought now, 6 or so months later, was a good time for update on my responses to your very generous feedback.
1. I asked you what you wanted me to write about.
You said, “Stay the course,” meaning style; High WASP fashion, culture and mores; cultural anthropology; social etiquette; the raptures of living. Well, you might not have said cultural anthropology, but I inferred freely. My Saturday morning posts and India stories were less globally popular, but those who liked them really liked them, and most others were at least tolerant. Permission to continue granted. I did take away from your comments that I should spend a little more time on High WASP houses and have done so, relying of course on my family’s places. You know, since my fading family fortune and I live in a little mid-century, California ranch-style house. It’s been fun, all of this. Thank you. I plan to persist.
2. I asked you about ads and making money and such.
You said it would be OK. However, although requests have begun to come in I’ve done nothing concrete to date. I realized I did not have the infrastructure to present ads in any way that made me comfortable, and that any income received would be outweighed by the complications involved.
3. I asked you about writing a book.
You kindly said, for the most part, that I should give it a try. So I’ve begun a book proposal. Can I just take a moment to tell my manager that this is tough? New respect for serious writers in my house. I have realized that in many ways this blog is enough to fulfill my need to write. However, I have also vowed that come hell or high water I will at least finish the book proposal and submit it. To someone. Somewhere. Finish what you start if at all possible, a lesson learned young.
And then, something about which I did not ask you, Privilege’s design, or lack thereof. I’ve been working with a designer and tech company on a redesign which will accomplish several things.
- Allows for one ad on the home page. If I find a companies with extraordinary goods, worthy of our paragon of readership, I’ll work with them to put something in place. One at a time. If the fit is right.
- Adds a few pages of additional information and a place to ask questions.
- Puts a new look in place to reflect the High WASP ethos – graceful, formal, slight whiff of decay – mixed up with an effort to knock on the door of the 21st century. Exactly what you all are gracious enough to let me explore.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, design, in my experience, is the one thing not to do by committee. But I digress.
One more thing. I will be taking next week off to prepare to send my son to school and pay attention to family affairs. I will be back the first full week of September.
Thank you again for reading, and certainly for your ideas and guidance. Have a wonderful weekend.