Good Almost Weekend to You.
As the season begins to shift, I, too, am transforming my life, although not in the colossal ways nature does. The way I have approached my writing thus far has been shriveling into a game of miss or hit. Even at that, the hits have been askew. I believe adaptations for how my blog is presented is needed.
I am not referring to the design, although at some point I will probably change that once again. I am pertaining to the topics I write about and how I write about them. The latter will be something I hope will evolve within a relatively short amount of time.
FIRST OFF, I have thought long and hard about how I am managing my blog. Although I love writing the posts, I have concluded I am spending more time on the design of my posts than what is necessary for the type of blog I have. Through trial and error, I will be testing different sizes of the images I choose, hoping to find a smaller size that enhances the post but does not overwhelm it. I still like the hashtag impact in the titles of my posts. It works well in announcing the subject of the individual posts and, hopefully, brings reads from Twitter to my site.
However, my posts for the hashtag, #weekendcoffeeshare, have been, in truth, burdensome. [Boy, have they become burdensome!] Trying to hold a conversation participating in both parts [you & me] is grueling. Dan, I do not understand how you can continue to do it week after week. It is a fun and ingenious idea but it wears my nerves raw almost to the point where they bleed.
From here onward, I will be writing my posts for this hashtag as if I am having a conversation with you or writing you a personal letter [e-letter?] leaving out any assumptions of what you may say or write in return. I will leave that part strictly up to you to contribute in the comment section. This way my anxiety will not be cutting against my nerves. In addition, it may bring some lively discussion to the post.
SECOND, I am doing away with the hashtag, #amwriting. Yes, I know its popularity is gigantic but I feel the topic is far too extensive. I want one that is more specific. Starting next Thursday, you will be seeing the hashtag, #takeonnews to which I will be writing my views about news items. I can only hope you will like this new category of posts.
I am doing this to broaden my own horizons on the craft of writing. Because I have been feeling so inapt with fiction for almost a year now, I thought it might be worthwhile to follow Jeri Walker’s lead and develop more skill in non-fiction.
[Maybe I will stop thinking about pulling out my hair when I sit at the desk.]
THIRD, I have started a journal–AGAIN! One way or another I am going to pin down my muse and make her work. I am determined to find out what the obstacles are that are interfering with my mental agility. [I have already found one, creative fear, which I will discuss in a future post.]
I am hoping to keep this diary going instead of tossing it aside in a few weeks. Maybe if I write more about what is perturbing and agitative to me, I can figure out what the other writing hindrances are. Some of what I will be writing I will duplicate in selected posts because there is a possibility you have the answer I may be enshrouding from myself. Hopefully, you will be gallant enough to express it to me in the comment section. 😉
NEXT MONTH’S CHALLENGE:
I have mentioned this subject before on a couple of prior posts but time is running short so I cannot procrastinate anymore.
One way on another I have to learn how to write when my husband is home. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know he will be retiring soon, which means I cannot count on X number of hours I will have that will be peaceful.
I have already started writing a little while he watched football games. So far, as long as he does not have the TV too loud, it is working all right.
We have talked about this problem I have [Notice I do not mention it being his problem.] and the idea of ear buds has emerged. They do not block out all noise but they do buffer it. I do not want those headsets that block out all sound just because they are so heavy and clumsy. Talk about a distraction! The ear buds fit neatly just inside the ears, which, I am assuming, will not be as annoying.
Well, what do you think?
“Although goals are important, having a plan of action is vital to the success of those goals. Having a goal with no plan of action is like wanting to travel to a new destination without having a map.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free