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Two months down, forever more to go

September 1, 2011

After what is now two full months of writing at least something each and every day for this blog, I’ve found myself wondering what exactly it is that I’m really doing here. Not it a bad way, just in a curious one – you know, like what’s this blog actually all about? And also, what must it be like to read? So recently, I’ve gone back through the archives and re-read a lot of what I’ve written. What I’ve found is somewhat revealing, and I thought it might be interesting to detail some of that here.

Put another way, I’m ’bout to go all self-analytical on yo ass…

  • First, I’ve found that I tend to be a mostly observational writer. Looking back, it seems that I often write in the format of: please look at this thing or event, and now read what I think about it. This is perfectly acceptable – especially for the kind of short posts that, for reasons of time and other commitments, must mostly fill this blog on a day to day basis. But I do think that I should try to write some explanatory or informative pieces more often, if only to keep readers more  engaged and in tune with what I really believe. Silly commentary can only take us so far as a people.
  • Second, I’m having a lot of fun with this. And I can see that much more in my writing since I began posting everyday than I did in the 8 months where I wrote something only once in a while. In forcing myself to write every day, I think I’ve found a way to keep writing at or near the forefront of my mind. To be frank, I lack the discipline needed to be “sometimes” writer. I’m way too easily distracted. If I say to myself, I’ll just get to it tomorrow, that really means, I’m going to forget about this in 12 minutes and never do it at all. It’s one of my personal faults. I’m working on it.
  • Third, people will find me if I just keep writing. I’ve gotten more comments on or about the blog in the last two months than I ever before. Many of them from people who aren’t even family members (hi, mom). Writing every day has allowed me to include a wider range of topics for discussion, which in turn brings in a wider audience. Let’s face it, no one is going to read every, single post that I put up. Even I don’t think I’m that interesting. But it seems certain now that if I just keep going, enough people will read enough of my posts each day to keep a pretty steady stream of interest in what I’m saying.

So there, that’s what I currently think about writing this blog. I really do hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and thanks for reading!

PS – Stay tuned for an important birthday-themed announcement later today…

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