While the Pizza Bakes

When I started this blog back in 2011 I thought I might do a post everyday for a week about Easter – didn’t finish that.  Then I thought I’d do something a newsy – comments on current events.  Then there was this little cancer thing that happened in my life and the blog went in a very different directions – personal essays, poems, woodworking, funnies, cat pictures, etc.

I’ve kept the original name, “Andrew’s View of the Week.” Likely I should have changed it to something else a long time ago.  Yeah, I often write about last week, but just as often I don’t go there.  Most of the time I just sit down and write something – I lack any sense of direction on these posts.

Still, a bunch of people read this stuff.  Weird.  Thank you.

I have given thought to refocusing and doing something more intentional with my writing here or at least change the blog name to something that is closer to what really gets posted – you know, mostly random thoughts with a touch of humor and occasional insight (well at least I’d like to think I sometimes have something insightful to say).

Over the years I’ve had different thoughts on what to rename this blog.  Once I considered changing the title to, “Grandpa’s Workshop” and focus on woodworking.  That’s when I started doing my sometimes, “Wednesday Woodworking” posts.  The reality is that I don’t do enough shop time to have much to say on shops.  Long time readers may have noticed the complete lack of shop posts in say the last five months.

Then there was the phase where I thought I just retell a bunch of my father’s old jokes and stories.  “My Father Said,” was the working title for that, but then I realized that I’ve already posted most the stories father told and likely I’d run out of material in eight months.

Yes, I’m in this blog for the long haul.  No idea what that means, but I like the sound of it.

Last week I was thinking I’ll just shift to an all gardening blog with the working title, “Composter Roaster.”  Yeah, moving along …

Then it hit me, a great title, “While the Coffee Brews.” Perfect, shows that I’ve limited how much time I write and hints that the thoughts and posts are somewhat random.  Just one little problem: I don’t drink coffee.  Except for my Saturday trips to Starbucks to get a latte which has espresso, a kind of compressed coffee.

Maybe, “While the Milk Steams”

Actually I’m a tea drinker and I have a number of readers in the UK so perhaps, “While the Tea Brews,” might work.  Although, I’ve noticed that the Brits seem to be drinking more coffee than tea lately.  Weird.

But then I decided that I should be honest.  I don’t write while brewing beverages and often my afternoon tea is normally long gone by the time I sit down to write on a Sunday afternoon.  Then I procrastinate by looking things up and waffling back and forth on what to write that day.

Then it’s time for me to make the Sunday pizza.  Yes, Heather and I have a pizza on Sundays.  It’s my night to cook and pizza is one thing I can be relied on not to screw up.  It kind of goes like this: I mess around with writing something and then it’s time for pizza.  I panic, get the pizza in the oven and have 16 minutes to fix up my blog post into something postable because when the pizza is done, we watch Monty Don and the odds of me completing anything after that is remote.

So, I’m thinking of renaming this blog, “While the Pizza Bakes.”  Cool right? Let me know what you think of that title in the comments.

But if honesty is the point here, likely I won’t change anything – you can’t rename a blog in 16 minutes …

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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37 Responses to While the Pizza Bakes

  1. Donna Chang says:

    I stumbled upon this blog while thinking of a subject for my own blog. Thank goodness for writers block, as I couldn’t stop reading other posts you’ve written. I’m a fan 🤣. I personally like Andrew’s View of the Week. 👍🏼

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  2. Christi says:

    It’s a good title, though I think your current one is good too. It allows for your whatever’s-on-my-mind kind of posts. Either way you go, I’ll read.
    I was thinking my blog name didn’t fit me either, since when I started I was including recipes. But dang, I worked so hard trying to come up with a name and my logo works so well with it, I kind of hate to give it up. So yeah, Feeding on Folly it will likely remain.

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  3. Dan says:

    You could try “Triple W: Woodworking, Wisdom, & Witticisms”.

    Or not.

    I’ll keep reading regardless.

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  4. LOL! I like “While the Pizza Bakes” – sounds like a perfect fit, until you want to do a woodworking post. “While the Biscuit Joins”…? 😉

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  5. Since you commented on my post, I thought I’d come on over and check out YOUR creativity! So follow I will! And “As the Pizza Bakes” is a hoot — go for it!

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  6. I’ve thought about changing my blog title too…after all, this nest has been empty for YEARS now and I’ve moved on quite well, thank you very much. But oh, that changing thing requires so much thinking….and I’m lucky enough that I can even think about something to write so….yeah, there’s that. I’m rambling here (kind of like my blog), but when I read your tentative title, “While the Pizza Bakes,” I couldn’t help but think, “As the Timer Dings.” See how my mind works? (Or doesn’t?) Anyway, as I return from my rabbit trails, I like your blog as is and enjoy reading what you write. 🙂

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  7. dorannrule says:

    I like your views of the weeks…. why mess around with views that work?. Sincerely from “Virginia Views.”

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  8. A rose by an other name. Love your title.

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  9. Dave F says:

    I always enjoy your blog posts….no matter what the name is/was/will be!!

    Thanks for your thoughts, writings, and all of “Andrew’s Views”.

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  10. Ray V. says:

    The name doesn’t matter in the whole scheme of things. Just keep giving us the same mix of entertaining, thought-provoking posts you have been.

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  11. Good title, Andrew. For one like me–I don’t like salt in my food or spice in my life–I find your posts just right.

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  12. nimi naren says:

    I like all your posts Andrew, especially the ‘wisdom one liners’..keep writing.

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  13. charlotteash says:

    I’m for keeping the title the same. In the past I’ve changed names, changed blogs, changed blogging platforms and lost readers and people I had enjoyed interacting with.

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  14. jfwknifton says:

    If it’s not broken, don’t mend it. You’re doing extremely well. So leave it alone.

    Could you lose readers?

    “I used to really like it when it was about the week he’d had, and now all he writes about is baking pizza. I don’t even like pizza. It blows you up, you know, you always feel bloated…….And it’s not good for your health. Worst thing you can eat if you’re in the menopause. I wouldn’t touch it…….”

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  15. pommepal says:

    How about “just keeping on blogging”

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  16. dfolstad58 says:

    How about Andrew’s Happy Daze 😊 or Andrew’s Mixed Musings or Andrew’s Mission Possible

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