Got your attention, didn’t I?
Not only am I not now committing an unnatural act but, to disappoint all you voyeurs out there, I have no plans to commit one in the future. Well, with one exception. For me, writing in general and writing about myself or my experiences is, in many ways, an unnatural act.
When I started this blog, I did so for a number of personal reasons:
- I wanted to keep up my written and communication skills;
[An aside: Do you remember that throughout your life, whether in a school or job interview, you always had to have good oral and written skills? Does anyone ever ask for bad oral and written skills?]
- I wanted to see if I could be amusing and varied enough to draw a reasonable following and
- I wanted to dazzle you with my earth-shattering dark humor and cynicism.
I was concerned that I could not keep up the pace of writing even an occasional post and that I would quickly run out of ideas. I hoped for a weekly or twice a week run of ideas that would keep me going. So far, so good. Some even pop up without effort and I complete them on the spot. Some are inspired by other bloggers. Most take time. I was always better at prepared speeches than extemporaneous ones and the same applies to writing.
I admire those of you who post daily, or almost daily, without becoming routine or boring. You intersperse your posts with graphics and videos and, even when revealing intimate details about yourself, do so with humor and insight. I try to follow a wide range of bloggers to expand my own view and, thankfully, none of you delves into the truly disgusting like “Boy, did I have a good bowel movement today. Here’s a video clip.” Thank you for not sharing and I apologize in advance to your eyeballs if I have given someone a really, really bad idea.
What I am seeking – and have not yet obtained – is a faster and easier flow of ideas and words. Perfection is not my goal. I just re-read Hemingway and Stephen King. Neither is a perfect writer but both keep your attention. That’s my goal – to keep your attention and make you smile (or groan) while bitching, complaining, bellyaching and grousing. All of those, by the way, come easily to me.
Writing is hard. Let me restate that. Writing logical, interesting articles is hard; writing incoherent, nonsensical babble is easy. I do it all the time.
I’ve worked myself up into such a frenzy that it’s now time to stop writing and go out and throw invectives and non-lethal objects at passersby.
What in blogging comes easily to you and what is uncommonly hard?