Thoughts on blogging

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  1. Great article on blogging. I relate… wondering who would ever give a flying fig what I might think about any given idea or thing. No one has to read we write… you and I and everybody else who writes…but in my mind I write it and put it out there and if no one ever reads it it isn’t my fault. One of my favorite blogger pals told me once that I was “a pretty fair poet,” but I should avoid political writing. What? I can write silly nursery tales but not commentary?

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    1. I’m glad you can relate 🙂 It’s funny how we wonder who would care what we might write about any given topic, and yet, readers find our words, and sometimes, the words resonate. I think we’re always seeking connection as humans, and blogging is one way we are able to find each other. I know when I stumble on a blog post that resonates with me, I’m grateful the writer decided to take the plunge and publish it rather than keep in their writing notebook.

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      1. Writing is a great gift to writers, but it comes with complications and misery sometimes. I wouldn’t trade it for any other skill, though. Just when I think no one cares what I have to say, someone does….I like that.

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  2. Gosh, I can totally relate! I’m constantly struggling with the “writing to myself and writing to others” thing and if I write to others who am I to do that? I don’t have anything different to offer. But I guess I should just write without thinking too much about it.

    ” since the pandemic began, and since I began waking up to the white supremacy and racism that are still very much alive in the US, and since my mind is almost exclusively occupied by work and the disgraceful and horrifying state of our country and leadership — is that everything else feels insignificant in comparison.”

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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    1. I’m constantly struggling with the “writing to myself and writing to others” thing

      Yes! This! When I write in my notebook, I typically write to myself. If I start writing and see that it could maybe become a blog post, I watch as the writing shifts from private to public, from writing to myself to writing to others, and my mind shifts from “okay, this isn’t just for me anymore, how does this need to change so that it makes sense to someone who’s not inside my head?” Writing to others definitely makes me a less lazy writer 😀 I don’t put as much effort into finding strong verbs or nouns when I’m writing to myself, or rhythm, or really anything except just spilling my nonsense on the page.

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  3. As always, a good post! Well, there are grammar police, cute cat and dog meme police (“Oh, but bloodhounds don’t chase balls” “Those cats are being abused — cucumber-fear is real!”), so it stands to reason that there’d also be blogger police — the most irritating of all, because they are ourselves! I think most of us forget that ‘blog is short for web log, which is basically journaling on the web. It doesn’t have to dazzle. It’s just necessary, that’s all!!

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  4. I have definitely thought the same thing as you, and that’s what stopped me from blogging for so long. But then I started journaling, and had the experience of that “psychic artery unblocking” that you write about here. It was almost addictive, the clarity and relief that I felt after writing my thoughts down.

    For me, blogging is a way to craft that stream-of-consciousness into something more coherent, thoughtful, and that references other things. I don’t think so much about the person who’s reading it (because I can’t really control that).

    Instead, I think more about the benefit to myself in the now moment, and to my future self who might read old blog entries the way I nostalgically scroll through my past Instagram posts.

    There’s something wonderful about recording the journey you take, then to reflect on that journey and see how far you’ve come. ❤️

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    1. and to my future self who might read old blog entries

      This is huge for me. I didn’t even think about this when I wrote the original post — thank you for bringing it up! I continually reference my blog for archives from my life, like when we made a huge cross-country move, and like when we were house-sitting for someone and I would sit on their back deck and write haiku. I bought a purse a few years ago that had a lifetime warranty, and a piece of hardware from the purse broke. I couldn’t remember when I bought it, and I wanted to be able to tell the company that piece of information when I wrote in to ask about a repair. Then I remembered I had blogged about the purse and I was able to find the date 😂. I love my blog for that kind of stuff.

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  5. It might surprise you to know that I have missed your posts, so I’ very glad to hear that we will be hearing more from you. I find your writing very calming and part of it’s charm is that you write about small things. It’s often thought-provoking too. For example, when you write about the ink swirling in the water, it reminds me to be more observant about things around me. I also like the way you experiment with things, for example using prompts for your writing. Blogging year after year is hard and we all need a bit of a boost every now and then.

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  6. This is so goooood!! I just recently came back to my blog and realized that all the writing/editing/proofreading I’ve been doing (one 350 page ms. and another of five full bags of copies of many of the same pages for my 90 yr. old friend) had taken me away from the joy I find in just writing. Writing for no reason at all of nothing at all and knowing that here is an audience who with read it. Or not. And I don’t have to be profound. I can just be me. And that’s what’s so wonderful about your post. You’re just being you.

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