Today I am confronting that blogger’s dilemma, to blog or not to blog; more precisely, whether to continue to blog. I should be doing the dishes or the laundry or my homework. Instead, I decided to light a fire and give some thought to my blogging activities.
This blog began as a way to help me process grief. You can read more about that here. I also wrote a book which helped me express my emotions during that painful time. You can read more about that here. While I was fumbling around learning how to blog, I began to discover that I enjoy writing. I also discovered that I needed to become better at it. That’s when I discovered Friday Fictioneers and my blogging world changed forever. Shortly after making all of these discoveries, I decided to go back to school.
Now I write ALL THE TIME.
Academic writing doesn’t seem much harder to me than blogging. Don’t get me wrong, it is challenging, but for the most part what I’ve been doing couldn’t really be considered that scholarly. Reflective essays are not the same as a dissertation. The closest I’ve come to that level of research was my grant proposal.
Now THAT was challenging.
From my novice perspective, creative writing here in the blogosphere does require a sense of purpose similar to academic composition. State your thesis (rant). Back it up with something more than, “because I say so” and throw in a few pictures here and there. Most of all, as my friend Rochelle has taught me, make every word count.
It seems simple enough. However, I often wonder if my regular readers are out there asking, “What have you done for us lately, HonieBriggs?” You know what I’m talking about. We question if our blog is fresh and relevant or if it is a bag of moldy bran muffins. Have I done a good job engaging readers? Should I take it in a new direction? I assure you this will not turn into a cooking blog. I don’t have the time to prepare and photograph beautiful food. Besides, I really don’t use recipes much. Yes, a pantster in the kitchen too.
I do think maybe I’m all over the place and perhaps I should pick a subject already. Nah!
Blogging has brought a great deal of joy into my life. I have shared photos, rants, personal challenges, poetry and prose, and made some new friends along the way. It is an affordable addiction, and one I’m not ready to give up on just yet. So, I am looking for ways to spruce up the joint. With any luck, this little blog of mine will get a new lease on life. Otherwise it will be blown to smithereens. Let me know if you have ever thought about making a run for it and how you managed to keep calm and blog on.