Lessons Learned (from the past seven years of blogging)
Feeling more “vigorous” but less “enthused” about blogging lately. The frequency remains, but like the wall I hit with the weight loss, I feel I have hit a wall with any type of quality writing. Not that it matters, because this is simply a journal. But let's think for a second, what have I learned in the past 7 years of fairly frequent “life” updates (or journal entries)?
Combination of lessons from both Tumblr, (“tomskeedotcom”), and Write.as (here, “TMO”):
having an old blog means I can go back (even if just skimming) and save old photos I have taken. As well as read an old blog post here and there. Good for memory capture.
blogging/journaling is quite cathartic. Good to rant, vent, get out the bad stuff, figure out the good.
good way to hone interests. Every idea I've ever had that has made any impact on my life in the past 7 years has almost always started with me writing about it in a blog post.
self-written reminders to stay positive/optimistic (even if I do not believe them 100% at the time) keeps my spirits up. Because I think back and say, “yea, I wrote that, that is how I must be feeling”.
reactions, I feel I know when I have written something “good” or “above average” (for me). I will feel it is good, and I will usually see an uptick in views/reads/whatever, as well as perhaps spur people to reach out via e-mail (even if I do not currently post a contact method on the Internet, for now).
thinking aloud, I am able to just “think aloud” or “write aloud” what I want to be doing or what I might do, and sort of “hem and haw” via text editor, and things usually shake out to whatever it is I really want to be doing.
communicae, I am able to every so often MEET someone (digitally) through having a blog. Read their blog. Be “blogging friends”. Socialize. Enjoy life.
writing filters, (or, eliminating writer's block), I feel I can say what it is I want to say on a blog more these days. Less “I have to be so and so”, or, “I have to be on-brand”, or “I have to maintain a theme”, or anything like that. I just write what feels good/natural. And I can experiment with different elements of writing, because in my view, blogging is a will of the wisp/anything goes/creativity centre, and I don't have to be consistent with what is said.
discovering what I AM and what I AM NOT, I think earlier in life, up until my early-30s, I had some sort of identity crisis in my life. Like I was “going to become” this or that – or, that I was capable of, and “wanted to do”, this or that. Now, I just do what I am doing, and that is what I am doing, and if I do something else, I'll be doing that instead.
self honesty (in life and in writing), in 2018 or so, when I was still using Twitter, someone said “If you're going to lie about something, lie to someone else. Don't keep it in and lie to YOURSELF! It's YOU! Be as honest and transparent with yourself as you can be.” And for some reason, that really rang true with me. I don't lie to myself anymore. Even if “the truth hurts”, it's important to be truthful up-front, because when the truth does come out, it hurts ten times worse, and then you're just hurting yourself ten times as much. And, the same goes for writing – I feel accountable to the people who do read and enjoy this blog. I want to be transparent and legit as I can be. There are personal details I may not share, but really I am about as open as I can be without giving away my SSN on the Internet, lol!
That's all I can think of for right Now.
Thanx for reading