If you take a gander at the “what the blog is about” section of this blog website, or you happen to be a regular reader, you will be well aware of the purpose of this blog. To cut a long boring story short, it was to get me back into writing, and the writing mentality, by doing some writing daily. I had some rough ideas for the blog, it has evolved and forgive me for using the tautology, but it is what it is now.
Now the grander idea of this scheme was to take the writing mentality and apply it into wider projects. Many blog writers within the blog community do this. I read many a blog where the writer reports on their various projects, monthly exercises and so on. From a writing perspective it is all pretty cool. My problem was, prior to starting the blog I had plenty of ideas for projects, but not the mentality, and perhaps writing confidence, to get on with them. To put it bluntly, I needed the itch.
So a few months in, it is time for a review. I’m over the 100 post mark now. Thus far I have easily managed my aim of putting up a post everyday i.e. writing everyday. Sometimes a post or two is prepared in advance, but I will still do some writing of some kind everyday. Some posts e.g. the TV vegetable ones, can take an hour or two to write. The reality of it is I write for more than the minimum 15 minutes a day and I enjoy it. My mind is on getting the posts up, whether good or bad, and trying to maintain a reasonable standard. I enjoy it, I look forward to it. It can be easy and occasionally challenging (actually not challenging enough). It has far surpassed what I thought the daily writing exercise might be for me, and what I would get from it. I found the itch.
Now I need to transfer this to some of my other projects. More specifically, I need to transfer some of the time. So in a sense too much blog writing may not be a good thing. I don’t wish to give up the blog, as I enjoy doing it and enjoy the community aspect of it. But I wish to use some of the time on writing a novel. I am therefore going to cut down from daily posts. My current idea is to post maybe four times a week. I will keep Mondays for “Haiku and what I learned this weekend” as I enjoy writing those. Wednesdays will be for the occasional “TV Vegetable” (which is beginning to bore me a bit anyway), or something for “The Alternative take“. Fridays and Saturdays will be for something else, Poems, stories, musings, or whatever it might be. Or I might switch them round a bit. I may post more than four times a week on some weeks, depending on the illogical sounding, “what appears in my head”.
I intend to start this almost immediately. It is nice timing for me as I need to make a flying visit to the UK and won’t have much time for a week or so. I don’t know if it will entirely work, but it is not set in stone. It’s just the next stage in my current writing journey. I suppose this could also aid my readers in that there will be less to read and therefore a bit less commitment. There will not be a TV vegetable this week, my next post will likely be on thursday.
So that is when blog writing is too much. When time is needed to be spent elsewhere. Does this sound sensible?
Lexicon word of the day: Littoral.