A belated Happy New year to you all. So whats new? Or is it same old. Do you believe in new beginnings or new starts, or do things just continue? They do continue don’t they? Myself I’m more with the latter, although the new year is a convenient break point to freshen a few things up should I want to. I’m not one for New Year resolutions. Pointless.
I enjoyed my time away from the blog, although I was relatively busy with work, but I did get in some nice family time, and of course with a 2 year old boy, there was fun to be had. Really I had next to no time for the blog at all. The free time I did have went on other non writing projects or just leisure time. It was enjoyable to the extent that I genuinely wondered whether to return at all. Should I just take an even longer extended break from the blog?
I cannot deny that the idea presented itself more than once, but in the end I decided that I do enjoy writing on the blog, and I do get something from it. On occasion it can be slightly tedious, but that is just life really, you cannot be on your game, on the one thing, all the time. When I think back to the time when I started the blog at the end of February 2012, I’ve enjoyed the exercise, and various writing experiments with it, such as attempts at various forms of poetry, of which some were more successful then others, but also some short fiction, essays and other little things. I have learnt some, and experienced some, and most of it positive. It is always my best writing? I would definitely say no, because I can think of some posts which would have benefited from some revision and better layering. Still that is not what the blog is about, and such time that might fit revision, can just as easily fit other projects, so on the whole I’m happy with my output here.
An additional bonus, one that many newbies to blogs experience when they get more involved, is the blog community. For the most part it is an unexpected benefit, the people you meet, and the different support, views and input. I’ve met some great bloggers who have had many good posts. I’ve gotten much from them, and hopefully given something back. Sometimes catching up on the blogs is tough as there can be so many and it is time consuming. But on the whole it is good. Of course I now have many blogs to catch up on, and I will try to do some catching up in the next week or so.
With that in mind, what do I have for this year? Well a new look for a start, more than a freshen up, I was just getting a bit bored with the old look, so I have this new one. I kept the old background picture as that has some relevance for me. It is actually my dining table that I would sit at with my macbook, to write blog posts, and still do from time to time. That online link to my real world can remain. I will be aiming to post on Monday and Friday one week, then alternating with a mid week day the following week, i.e. three posts over two weeks. I think that schedule will allow me a little more time to write or do other projects, but still keep me involved here. I intend to continue with small experiments in writing, starting with some slightly different but linked posts. Probably more poetry forms, some short fiction and who knows what else will appear as the year moves on.
In other news I notice the ipad version of Scrivener is not too far off now which will be very useful. I do like scrivener and the opportunity to use it for writing on both my mac and iPad with what I assume will be good synchronicity, will be very useful. Has anyone used their other new program Scapple, which I believe is still in beta but out officially (on the Mac) soon? They do great software at Literature and Latte, which will hopefully get much use this year.
What are your plans for your blog this year? I’m probably a bit late on that huh?
Why? Because it is nice, if you have time take a listen. So why not?