[su_box title=”Day Two: It’s All About You.” style=”soft” box_color=”#5a889e” radius=”5″]Cast your hooks and needles aside! This year you are challenged with one of those tasks that some bloggers can find quite daunting: but there’s never a better time then when we’re all in it together, so let’s shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us.
Enjoy talking about you.
Historic evidence suggests that I am not exactly backward at coming forwards. Let’s face it, I have been blogging almost since the term (We)blog was coined. No, really, seriously – I had a Livejournal that I can definitely date from 2002. Well, when I say “a” Livejournal, I actually mean several (one of the things that you need to know about me is that I worked as a professional administrator and have a tidy mind – I need to keep separate boxes for different classes of Stuff.) Prior to that I was keeping an on-line diary in HTML form, typed long-hand into Notepad.
My first personal web site was built in, I think, 1994 when I had a Demon account (evidence exists of activity in 1997 and in 2000, I was writing about Suzie coming to live with us and this domain was captured by the WayBack Machine as early as mid-2004). I later dabbled with Blogger (but not for long, what a horrible medium) and have had numerous WordPress blogs, both .org and .com, since WordPress was in Beta (2003). Recently I added Koken to my blogging environments.
I have blogged singly as myself, jointly with like minds and I have even blogged as fictional characters[1. Nope. NOT as weird as it sounds but in fact an exercise in Character Development recommended by my writing teacher. That would be fictional character, not self-character. I like to think that my personal character is well enough developed already…] . Most of what might be said about me has already been said.
In short, I might rightly claim to be an escribitionist.
I find it interesting that it is easy for me to lay myself bare in writing and yet you will almost never find me on the wrong end of a camera, this image is a great exception.
I enjoy writing. I have always written. I have never had difficulty in setting pen to paper and writer’s block is unknown to me. It has never mattered what that writing be: school “composition”; academic essays of several thousand words; administrative and research reports of several hundred pages – it all simply flows. Or did – it has been a long time since I wrote anything that required precision.
Now I just write drivel and this rubbish simply wells out of me. Now and again I take time out and make a real effort to write well, to write properly. I have done some study in the area of creative writing and a part of me would like to produce Fiction or Poetry to a reasonable standard. I try. I do try. Yet I always revert to this chatty nonsense. Lengthy chatty nonsense. All the same I periodically promise myself that tomorrow will be the day when my blog post consists of a simple Haiku.
That kind of writing does seem to come more easily to me when I use analogue methods – good old pen and ink and oh, my goodness, don’t I have a pen and ink problem. Well, not just pen and ink but also paper and all forms of stationery. I just love stationery. Cannot get enough of it!
I do not know who it is that I am talking to – and in recent years it seems increasingly to be the case that Nobody Is There. That does not matter. I have always done this diary stuff for myself. It is my way of getting my thinking straight, I just like to write it as though it were a letter to a friend and historically that was what my blogging was all about – keeping friends up to date with my happenings once I had moved so far away. If others wish to read it, they are welcome to but if nobody does, that matters not at all. All the same, if I give you a window into my world would it not be nice if you stopped to wave through that window and pass the time of day with me?
The whole point of a blog is that we are in this thing together; it is a little bit of me, plus a little bit of you. Pressing a FB Like button just does not cut the blog mustard.
You know where the Comments section is. Use it. Let’s talk. Promise me an address and I might even send you a proper pen and ink letter. Wouldn’t that be a thing?
Leave a Comment wherever you go this KCBW, let the blogger know that you have been and that you stayed and that you read – perhaps even enjoyed your stay. I promise you that every single one of them will appreciate that you did so.
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