The Other I

May 13, 2013

Reflections on blogging

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 1:35 pm

Some time ago I took time off blogging in order to finish my latest book.  I did that, but somehow the rhythm of daily blogging was disrupted and I’ve never gotten back into the flow in the same way.

Why? I ask myself.  I’ve seen it happen to other personal blogs too.  They will be posting regularly sometimes for years, and then they dribble off.  I thought at first it was because I was trying to fit too many things into a single day.  That may have been true.  But something else changed too.

Instead of asking myself on a daily basis “what will I blog about today?”  I subtly changed the question to “Is there anything I feel would make a really good post today?”  9 times out of 10, my thoughts did not pass the muster.  If I keep this up, I think I might manage about 1 post a year in good years.

So I’m going to experiment with changing the question.  I really do want to blog less and read more, so I’m aiming to write 3 posts a week.  But on those days, I’m not going to ask myself if I have anything worthwhile to say.  I’m going back to my original question:  what am I going to blog about today?

This isn’t because I think the world needs my blogging.  But it helps me.  And many times the comments are a big bonus for my thinking out loud.  So blogging is worth while for me.  And I’m going to stop worrying about whether it’s making a contribution to the Greater Good.

I think a little itty bitty bit of good, even if it’s only for myself, is enough good to matter.



  1. not only clarifying for you but for me too. and itsy bitsy does not do it. it is fun finding out “what you will blog about today” no need to impress – you have that already joyously looking forward to your next blog – k


    Comment by kateritek — May 13, 2013 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

    • If every blogger had readers as wonderful as you are for me, cyber space would be too crowded to handle it. You somehow manage to make me feel terrific.

      Thank you


      Comment by Terry Sissons — May 13, 2013 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  2. Absolutely! The Greater Good is overrated, and making yourself exclusively its servant is a trap. Dare to be called insignificant and self-absorbed by your inner critic: that often means you’re onto something important. I’ve been studying composition and rhetoric theory lately, in the vain hope of landing a real full-time job, and was astonished to learn that there’s a whole branch of pedagogy that believes composition teachers should discourage private writing (obviously a blog isn’t private, but the same underlying principle of unfettered exploration is operative)–now get this–because private writing is selfish and “capitalistic” (!!). They seem to think writers are embedded ciphers in the great collective cultural struggle (towards the Greater Good, no doubt), and that anyone who steps out of line to scribble something in her private journal (individualistic capitalist pig!) should be reeducated. OMG. Maybe it’s a good thing that I have no hope of landing a real job in this field!


    Comment by Barbara Sullivan — May 13, 2013 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

    • OMG is right! And you are in the United States. I can hardly believe it. Who is saying this about writing anyway? don’t they know anything history at all? — No, don’t answer that.

      “Dare to be called insignificant” – what a liberating shout for freedom. I’m tempted to start another blog just to filch it for the title.

      Seriously, I might not have understood what you are saying in my youth. Now I find myself valuing anonymity. And if celebrity isn’t a gift, imagine how awful it would be to be among the Great and the Good.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — May 13, 2013 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  3. I used to post something every day as a discipline really just to see if I could write every day. I can, as it turns out. I really enjoyed, as you say, thinking up something to post. It was a good discipline – having a thought worth having that became a thought worth sharing.
    In my sabbatical I am trying to let myself do what I like – and I thought I would write more, having time to write more, but I have watched more TV (Masterchef!) and got fit. I think that when I return to work in August I might start posting every day. I think the work helped me because at work I would be too busy to think a thought through – so when I got home I was usually keen to get my musings into prose so I could see them more clearly.
    I guess we’ll see…


    Comment by sanstorm — May 13, 2013 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • I know what you mean. I think some people do “think” by writing. I’m one of them, and it sounds like you are too. It will be interesting to see how each of our blogs progress… Meanwhile, getting fit and staying fit is at least as important to a healthy, satisfying life as writing. It’s even more important that losing weight, though I’ve always wanted all three. Well, most of us do, don’t we?

      On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM, The Other I


      Comment by Terry Sissons — May 14, 2013 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  4. Personal blogs. Random thoughts. Almost daily my jottings were sent via msn into the great library of cyberspace. That was until I was diverted/sidelined into the amorphous dead end of WordPress. Now I may as well sit in a dark room and talk to myself because as far as I know nothing is read. Only this host holds me to account for my unique thoughts. I have used the time to write two or three stories [I am reluctant to call them novels until they are published!]. ‘Annoyed of Tunbridge Wells’ is dead or like me disenchanted with the erosion of free travel around the Web. I note the sun shines this morning – is this the beginning of summer ??


    Comment by lairdglencairn — May 16, 2013 @ 8:07 am | Reply

    • Thank you for sharing your own experience of blogging. It makes me feel less strange as I struggle to find my own feet in relation to the process.

      I rather think that just as each of us has different forms of art that speak to us, something similar is happening with the vast array of possibilities now being offered to us in the communication media. I rather like blogging but won’t touch social media whoever it is that asks me to join them. I don’t like texting or messaging on line but I do like the phone (but please not one that’s too smart). Etc.

      But oh, I do like the summer sun! We have it down here in Cambridge too, and I am dashing out and begging it to stay. I’d no doubt make a good pagan, don’t you think?


      Comment by Terry Sissons — May 16, 2013 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

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