The lovely Lady M wrote a post yesterday that really resonated with me. What to do when one’s day seemed boring? Does one blog anyway?
I’ve not posted much this week because I don’t know what to write. I’ve struggled with this before.
I have a hard time choosing WHAT to write about… so much so that I sometimes don’t write anything for fear that it will be a boring list of what we did today.
One of my reasons for trying to blog is to practice writing more descriptively. As a science teacher, I write procedural things – very specific, no pronouns, to the point, leave no room for questions. Sometimes I start a post and it begins to sound this way. I usually don’t have a “natural flow” for writing… I tend to belch it all out on the page as kind of a list, and then I have to go back and flesh it out with descriptives.
Sometimes I get writer’s block for my blog because I think of several things to write about, but doubt whether anyone wants to read about it. Other times, I run out of time and go several days without posting. (You have to understand that I walk around mentally pointing out situations that could be considered blog-worthy, if properly described.) Then I feel overwhelmed because I don’t know what to post about.
It doesn’t really help that the first blog writer I started reading on a regular basis was Mir at WouldaCouldaShoulda and WantNot. She’s just brilliant and witty and funny. Somehow I got it in my head that every post I write should be like that.
Suddenly, though, after reading Lady M’s post, I realized (again) that I just need to write. This blog is so therapeutic for me. It feels good to write, to get my thoughts organized, and to have a place to record memories. Diaries or journals never worked for me because I my hand gets tired before I get finished, and I always feel the need to go back and edit things to make the words flow more smoothly. (Someday I’d like to write a post with all of the original words still there, but marked through, just so you could see what I mean, except you wouldn’t be able to read it because 75% of the words would be marked through.) But this blog is sort of like an interactive journal… it’s fun to read other people’s comments.
So, I’ve apologized to myself for doubting myself again, and for not writing for the last week. Clean slate! Start again! (Or maybe it’s Continue!… whatever!)