Blogging is an insidious pastime. Addicting. Attention-seeking. Time-consuming. I love it. Sometimes I share a thought or event or photo of some small value. Sometimes I am simply silly, self-indulgent with a cookie or a ragged leaf.
I vowed to only post ‘good writing’ for awhile. But that’s what I’m working on in my classes, for my book and it’s difficult—satisfying but not fun. It’s what I intend to do in a writing blog in the future. It’s what Time & Place is for when I’m traveling. Where’s my 2016 fun coming from then? You know—the daily small stuff.
And communicating with family and friends. How should that happen? Facebook? Not usually. Emails? Sometimes. Phone calls? Too invasive. Texts? My thumbs get tired. Letters? Yeah, right. A diary? To be read after I’m dead perhaps.
How about I just give myself permission to keep doing this TODAY blog when the mood so strikes?
Like TODAY. It’ll be fun.
I do love to blog. Today X 365 for daily chatter and photos and the occasional food comment/review—for family, friends and other WordPress chatterers. Time and Place, intended to get better and better until it’s a serious informative and literary travel blog that many people want to read—working on that.
Right now I need a month off. This writing class is seriously time-consuming. And since I’m am spending a lot of money for a Creative Nonfiction Writing Certificate from UCLA, I need to revert to the sweet little teacher’s pet I was in the second grade. I will admit that image was pretty seriously tarnished in high school but now at my presently advanced age I feel it all returning. My main goal for this course of study is to make me write; second goal to make me write better. It feels like both goals are being slowly achieved but I need to focus focus focus.
So until May 22nd when I leave for Minnesota, all time outside my real-work must be ‘in class.’ Goodbye blogs and MOOCs and reading for the Big15Trip and taking pictures and any returning Netflix series and trying to keep up with foreign films and documentaries and…. I do plan on continuing to eat, sleep and take showers. Beyond that it is just work and school and work and school and work and school.
I cannot think of a pretty April thing or an interesting New Mexico location but I really do like to post something everyday. Not sure why. Maybe it’s like olden times when we called our moms or best friend every evening. Texting just isn’t the same and talking on the phone is so … last decade. So I must post even when my real blog love is silent for lack of titillating travel tidbits.
Here’s right now in life:
JUST OUTSIDE OF SIOUX FALLS A FEW YEARS AGO.
I have another blog. PLATFORMS OF WORDS…for my trains of thought, a name too clever by half (which means too smart [or smarty-pants] for its own good).
It has been a place to write about books and classes and media—wordy things…in other words.
PLATFORMS is moving here. You see I have too many blogs. Silly me. I thought creating a new blog was like buying the perfect new notebook. It is not. A notebook can be cleverly concealed in a desk drawer so no one knows if you never write in it. A blog, on the other hand, just sits out there for everyone to see…and realize you rarely update it. Why is that they will wonder? Tongue-tied? Lazy? Irresponsible?
Since I don’t want to throw away the deathless prose I’ve already posted (you never know when someone is going to want to read a book review of Lawrence In Arabia or Siberian train journeys). PLATFORMS will now reside as a heading category on this more active blog Today X 365 (marjorieneset.com). Just click it in the heading and…voila…the book reviews and related wordy topics will appear.
When I feel compelled to write about media of any kind I will post the pieces to either TIME AND PLACE (mneset.me) or here at Today X 365 (marjorieneset.com). These are my forever- active blogs. Until They Are Not.
I do change things a lot. Here’s what Ralph Waldo Emerson said about that. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. I Do Not Want To Have A Little Mind.
When you just can’t post a single line to any of those blogs you love so much…one day goes by…another…you wonder, ‘are you done with this foolish enterprise?’…still another…yup, one more…this is serious writer’s block or posting block or thinking block.
But suddenly it’s Wednesday, cloudy outside, you had a great sandwich for lunch and you are once again inspired (inspired=to be filled with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative). Or maybe not inspired. Maybe guilt-ridden because you vowed to post something something something anything everything that-thing on a blog every day.
The only way to get over writer’s block is to write, right? I’m writing, soon I’ll post this. I’ll be cured. Thank you great universal word spirit.
My new writing class has started, my California son visited for the weekend, we’ve hired two great new people at work and the last of my old restored family photos are framed.
Would you accept some random golden photos for a few make-up posts? Thank you.
Here’s the drive up to Steven’s on Tramway when the gold descends over the city.
Cold outside. 13° this morning. And it is cloudy—my New Year’s present from the weather gods. Warm inside. Perhaps 80°. Or more!
I have been thinking about blogging on this small break. And why I do it. Because I like to write. Answer #1.
I post to four blogs, each with a slightly different raison d’être.
This blog, Today X 365 (marjorieneset.com) functions a bit like a daily journal for me—one that I can share with family and friends. Short posts with lots of photos, mostly about family food everyday life New Mexico. Again kind of like a diary but without the occasional bad words or tacky references to non-friends or excessive grumbling about the sun (well there is more than a little of the latter) that you would have written in one of those old-fashioned paper diaries that no one will ever see.
Some of this blog represents the kind of communication we used to have in person or over the phone…but the truth is many of us prefer to interact in cyberspace which manages to be too personal and too impersonal and just right all at the same time. How many wine-infused gatherings have you been at where the chatter was forced and boring and you would rather have been home reading it all on Facebook with a better brand of wine in your glass? Or you have wanted to tell your family/friends interested in food what you’re cooking for dinner but it’s not worth several phone calls—instead you take a picture, it becomes a post and you have ‘shared’ with those committed to reading your blog. Yay, cyberspace.
Almost 2015. Tomorrow I’ll think about the meaning of 2014. Today it’s still here and, while personally a good year for me, it’s okay to be sad for the losses of the year for so many. Planes down; kids hungry and kidnapped and raped and shot; intelligence, good will and resources squandered…
Maybe 2015 will be better for the world? Maybe.
If it weren’t so cold I’d go outside and take a meaningful photo. How’s this instead?
If at first … well you know the rest. Bet your mother repeated it as much as mine did.
… you don’t succeed … Launching a daily blog; starting to miss a day here, a day there; and then skipping about three weeks might be considered an excellent example of not succeeding!
Sure. I have my reasons:
- Big career compilation/personal memoir brochure to write;
- Confusion about what “365” is/should be;
- Family busyness;
- Creating too many blogs.
However. If at first you don’t succeed…
Try try again. I do hear mom’s voice, tired of repeating the message, me tired of hearing it.
Okay mom, I AM.
I still like the idea of a daily post. An on-line diary/cyber journal/www.it’s all about me.
So. 365 will continue being whatever it wants to be every day. The other blogs “Social Work for Adults,” “Reading Books” and eventually “Stories” will cover all of my more serious writing needs on a weekly basis. “365” therefore can simply meander through any subject it chooses, leave careful editing to its betters and, yes, be all about me or at least all about my life.
My goal—making new goals is a pastime of mine if you hadn’t noticed—is to write every morning and post around noon. Also to catch up on the 35 posts I am behind with evening posts on eventful days.
My photos of the day include my new camera (so you know blog photo quality is about to improve), new writing tables from…IKEA (a new shiny red one will join them shortly to create the perfect literary corner) and the newly-gluten-free cupboard to make my stomach happy (but not necessarily my taste buds).
Today X 365 works best when it speaks to the happenings of everyday life: of family, friends and common histories; of the old familiar media and politics we share, and of shared frustrations with the new in both groups; and finally of age, health, weather and living in New Mexico. That is generally what I had in mind when I launched 365 as a daily blog.
However I have gotten a little carried away with all manner of other things, especially books and travel. While book reading is certainly part of my everyday life, book talk just doesn’t respond well to daily snippeting. In fact writing about books—just like writing books—demands its own original narrative, focus and a whole lot of wordsmithing. It’s the same with travel writing…needs time and attention to jell.
Therefore, for the next stage of its life Today X 365 will stick to the personal and semi-personal—generally in short bursts of casual language and amateur photos. Book talk and travel tales will soon show up elsewhere such as in a books-only blog and postings in Social Studies for Adults: a Travel Journal (nesetm.com).
I am excited about a future where my excellent writing attracts a myriad of followers. Since I’m not quite there yet in the ‘excellence’ department, I know I must write and write and write in a serious vein, but surely it’s okay to have one carefree blog that is primarily for family and friends and an occasional passerby—that would be Today X 365.
Much of my everyday life happens in the little north valley art center where I work and which is home to much of what gives New Mexico the rich tastes and smells and sounds of Old Mexico…and makes this place just a little more interesting than your average old American state. Even in my present jaded state of mind, I do appreciate that.
Well. As I’ve been thinking (and writing) about how I can become a better writer through blogging, it has finally dawned on me that I also must become a better blogger. Of course blogging is writing, however it is also many other things to which I have not been attentive—such as having an attractive inviting easy-to-maneuver site; responding to comments; paying attention to WordPress perks/administrative support; maintaining a regular schedule; and exploring the vast sometimes exciting, sometimes mundane world of blogs.
Still. The heart of blogging is writing and the main reason for my blogging is to write the pieces I want to write and to do so in ever more comprehensible, interesting, compelling, and vivid styles.
So. I am going to take a few days off from “Today X 365” and the “NorthFourthArtCenter Blog” and take a serious look at my list of things to write about and the best format for them. Fewer blogs with more categories or more blogs that focus on one or two topics. I am leaning toward the latter because it occurs to me that eventual followers of my travel blog (when it is fully launched) do not necessarily want to read about my brother’s new house. By the same token, friends and family who do want to see house photos may not be the slightest bit interested in international crime fiction.
However. It also occurs to me that my obsession with different styles of notebooks and pens is just being transferred to blog land and I will experience the same amount of personal confusion over which blog in the Cloud as I do over which notebook on Land.
Finally. A few days of sorting then. Returning with new and better blogs.
The Blogosphere is a whole world; I’ve heard and read that but did not really believe it until I started through the entrance. Writing writing writing was why I created first one and then a second blog. All about me…all about making me a better writer. Now, with some additional goals, I’m expanding my horizons and joining the blogosphere–the community. More blogs, each with its own specific reason for being, and each trying to find its own tiny niche in the HUGE world of bloggers.
I have also realized how important it is to get to know some of my neighbors in this new world; it is going to be a large task sorting through to find compatible sites from which I can learn and with whom I can communicate. It’s quite exciting…and we can all become “friends” without ever having to fix dinner for each other.
Trying to get my blogging house in order, i.e. meaning the each room (blog) must be furnished with theme, name, heading, column numbers, category, widget, and other accoutrements too numerous to remember…has been very very hard.
However I have had a breakthrough in the past couple days. I almost get it, the structure I mean, the tweaking, the choices, how to reach wordpress support and…and…and NOW writing can once again take priority. Tomorrow then, maybe a book review, maybe a New Mexico tale, maybe some Tingley Beach photos.
AND YAY WOMEN TODAY. WELL MEN TOO, BUT MY NEW HEROES, EDIE WINDSOR, WHO BROUGHT THE CASE THAT OVERTURNED DOMA AND WENDY DAVIS WHO HELD THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE HOSTAGE AS THEY TRIED TO PASS YET ONE-MORE ANTI ABORTION BILL. A GOOD DAY.