why a blog: part 5

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I’m not an “I write therefore I am” kind of person. I don’t have to write. I can pick it up and put it down without much mystical compulsion involved. That said, I do enjoy writing and it is an endeavor that I like to revisit in its various forms.

As a child, it was short stories (that usually ended quite abruptly as I got bored of my plotline), poetry as a teenager, songwriting as a young adult, essays as a student, and now meandering blog posts and sporadic journal entries as a stay-at-home mom. I’ve missed writing since finishing all my scholastic endeavors. I enjoy the process of carefully curating words, elucidating my thoughts, even researching, organizing, then presenting material in a way that makes sense.

I enjoy the process and I would like to be better at it but it’s not easy for me to find the focus without those menacing deadlines I loved to hate and procrastinate all through high school and university (Full disclosure: I have about 15 incomplete blog posts that I can’t seem to finish). It’s hard work for my mental machinery now that it’s rusty and I tend to edit myself as I go rather than just getting the words on the page which makes me very. slow.

I would like to become quicker and less calculated so I’m trying to write more often as a way of clearing the path from my brain to my fingertips. I’m blogging as a way to practice and develop a skill I deem valuable, using whoever reads as my test audience. So if you’re reading, welcome to my process and thanks for being here!

I aspire to write in a style that is engaging, efficient, honest, and humorous because that is the style of writing that I like to read. Engaging and efficient so that any topic could be interesting and I don’t lose your attention or waste your time by using more words than necessary. Honest because I am inwardly critical of pretentiousness and I don’t want to be a hypocrite. And humorous because it’s nice to laugh.

If you’re reading and have a penchant for editing, I am very open to your input! Please feel free to comment with all sorts of red marks (about my writing, that is, not my character or life choices :p). But please be kind because I am extremely sensitive and tend to hold grudges for a long time. Just kidding. I am thick skinned like a tortoise.

And as always, thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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