The girl and I frequently re-hash the why behind our actions and choices as scribblers, the blurring between who you are and what you portray has always been tenuous for people who do this full time for money.
Blogs in a lot of ways are mirrors into the scribblers personality but with the advent of monetization and the drive to accumulate more and more wealth, we frequently have to pause and think about the reasoning and motivation behind our scribbles.
The bulk of bloggers who do this as a full time job tend to focus on building an authoritative site that can propel them into a sense of financial freedom and security. The girl and I have diverged in style but found the same path. My broken brain can’t handle having topics blur into one-another and the girl will always be more prolific than me. The consequence to all of this is to create a bunch of blogs and ignore the mainstream blogger bias towards shaping out a monolithic slice of the internet and leeching off of the same niche until you crash into irrelevancy.
Elise & Thomas has always been a bipolar horse in our digital stable, we have many (many) blogs that focus on a very specific topic to an almost surgical level but when it comes to E&T, what is its purpose? At the beginning it was just to document our life, after 4 years or so we have a blog that doesn’t have a clear demographic or voice and that’s sorta ok, the issue for me I guess, was to have a place where I can be super sporadic without feeling like I am dragging down the digital record of our life (which is how I view E&T).
Sometimes, I just want to obsess over a single topic (genetics, faith, identity politics etc.) and write about them in a single week. The issue when you have a blog like E&T that has its own (very) sporadic pace and 2 contributors, is that you run the risk of drowning out the other person’s voice and ultimately throwing the balance of the blog into question.
Ultimately, Elise and Thomas is always going to exist in some form and we plan to have more structured (visual) content in the future that relates to “us” in general with a more cohesive presentation format but I still want a place for the neurotic over-analysis of my life without feeling forced to structure a certain way or to have an “end-game” goal of making bank.
So here we are.