An Unexpected Lesson

Window_mugEarlier this week I unexpectedly spent an hour or so reviewing Elixir. In addition to searching for examples of my Flash Fiction to determine which of my ‘story shards’ I am unable to send to competitions (because many publications consider posting a piece on one’s personal blog  is ‘publication’), I found myself reading through random posts.

I think I’ve broken most of the rules of blogging. Elixir began with a specific focus but I deviated, after the first year, from sharing my research in Therapeutic Writing to writing posts on a range of issues including holidays, local weather events, my creative process and examples of my work. I don’t post regularly and I’m not good at looking after my readers (aka, I don’t often reply immediately to comments) and I regret to say I find connecting with other bloggers and nurturing my blogging network a challenge, mostly because of time constraints.

So my unplanned review taught me several things:

  1. Blogging is hard work, much harder than I imagined,
  2. Elixir has, at times, languished,
  3. I’ve announced, at least once, that I am going to quit blogging,
  4. I have created posts that are clear, evocative, logical and well written,
  5. It’s impossible to write a post that interests, inspires or engages everyone,
  6. Most posts have been important to me as an individual and as a writer.

In other words, quality is more important to me than quantity, which is why blogging has taught me a lot about being a writer.

I have decided starting Elixir was one of my better ideas and so I will continue to write unscheduled posts about the things that interest, excite, intrigue or annoy me. And I will be more relaxed about what I write, though not how. I’m looking forward to discovering what else Elixir has to offer me and my readers (bless you all).

Have you looked back over your previous blog posts? If so, what did you learn about yourself and your writing? If you have considered giving up, what prompted this thought? Why did you decide to continue blogging?Yeah

Footnote: Thanks to my friend Cate who pointed out today how much I enjoy communicating and connecting with friends through this blog and other social media, and who, therefore, inspired this post.

7 thoughts on “An Unexpected Lesson

  1. Hm… Interesting questions, Janet. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about giving up. I didn’t blog for several months after I was diagnosed with MG, but I missed it. I think blogging makes me feel connected to the larger world, and I’ve met so many good and interesting people along the way – yourself included! I would have to say that blogging has taken over my journaling world at this point. And that’s ok. Maybe I’ve just run out of things to say to MYSELF! LOL

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  2. Hi Janet,
    Hope you are well,
    I am pleased you are continuing to blog and I look forward to reading your quality posts. I think of the six lessons you learned from blogging, the sixth One about most posts being important to you as a person & a writer resonates most with me.
    All well at this end 🙂

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    1. Thank you Margaret. I am surprised by what I’ve learned about myself and my impatience, my propensity to give up, and likewise change my mind. The thing is, I do want to stick with it because I am. deep down, a person who must always finish what she started. This blog has confirmed that, if nothing else! Take care, Janet

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  3. I have also struggled with blogging. Initially, I was looking for somewhere to publish a short memoir of a particularly difficult period in my life; mainly because I thought it might be helpful to others who might be going through similar stuff. From that I began to write other posts around issues of mental health. However, just lately, I’ve begun to feel like something of a voice in a hurricane. In that I rarely get any hits. Also, if I do, then very few see fit to comment. So while I haven’t made a conscious decision to give up, I feel that I’m gradually drifting away from the habit. Posts have become fewer and further between. I think I now feel that it’s best to write because I feel like it and not to get into writing for some sort of imagined audience; as there isn’t necessarily going to be one😊

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    1. Can I suggest you don’t give up yet? I have read and (recently) followed your blog and I believe you have something to offer. Gathering a readership takes time. Contacting other bloggers, as you did with me, helps and I’m positive it’s the writing that counts. You voice is as important as all the other voices. Thanks for commenting.

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