Tuesday, April 26

Blogging, blogging over the ocean blue

I'm feeling quite introspective lately. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't get very much accomplished. I've been thinking about blogging quite a bit. What is it I want to do with my blog? Do I need to create more of a theme? Do I want to? Why am I doing this? What do I hope to accomplish and how much time am I willing to spend doing it? What questions do I need to answer so that I can proceed?

It feels like I have a million posts floating around in my head. There are so many things I want to discuss. I'm walking around constantly composing, but then I never get it down for one reason or another. I don't know if this is improving my powers of observation by forcing me to look at the details of the world or if it's dulling them because my mind is not where my body is.

I've also been reading about blogging. There are many bloggers whose favorite thing to write about is blogging and there is a huge amount of advice and instruction out there. It's actually quite overwhelming. However, on my aforementioned trip to Barnes and Noble they only had three books and no magazines about blogging. Two of them were published in 2002, which might as well be 1952 in this realm of things and the other one was a guidebook to the new Blogger format, not what I was looking for. The options at Amazon really weren't that much better. I did buy We Blog, but as I look through it a bit more I question how useful it will really be.

The one thing I keep seeing repeated over and over again is this: Post as if everybody you know, and may ever know will read what you written in your blog. That's really a daunting task for somebody who does not naturally share herself very well and tends to be a bit of a people pleaser. It forces authenticity and a moment of reflection before I push Publish Post.


Waterfall said...

Hi Lora, come visit my site. You've been tagged. :) (and it'll be something fun to blog about!)

Jill said...

I know *just* how you feel! I also have bunches of blogging ideas while I'm housecleaning, strolling my toddler, etc, but once I get to my laptop - poof! They're gone.

It is a good rule to write as if everyone you know or will know will read your post. That's kept me out of trouble. It does force creative caution. There are ways to say things w/o actually out-right finger-pointing or divulging confidences. My mom has become a master at this. I hope to attain her level of scruples some day.

Do you ever feel like carrying a little recorder to tape ideas as they occur?

Lora said...

Thanks, Waterfall!

Jill, I actually had thought about doing the tape recorder thing, but I don't think it would really work that well, for me. However, I have started keeping a notebook in my purse so that I can record things a little more in the moment. The post She Gloats with Satisfaction was actually written in my car shortly after having FINALLY getting a spot. I have no lack of ideas of what to write about, it's more being able to sit down and write them.

melinama said...

Everybody blogs about blogging because everybody looks for blogging posts and hence they "up" people's hit count! Really! Like, every musician has to do an Xmas album because PEOPLE BUY THEM. Also, we are all introspective or we would not be doing this so we think about thinking about what we're thinking about, and then we write about writing about what we're writing about. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to my site! come again!

Lora said...

Well, I never thought about blogging about bloging to increase hit counts.
I'm more interested in having a return audience. And believe me I'll be back, you way much wisdom to pass on.