I decided to start a blog because I thought it would help me to focus on writing and become more disciplined. I also felt that if my writing was being ‘published’, it would make me consider the content, structure and language more seriously. I believed it would be good to have a place where I could store my thoughts and writing and see how both develop.
I didn’t get very far initially but have decided to resurrect it now as a platform for my writing. It doesn’t matter at all to me if nobody reads it, it’s just the thought that there’s a slight possibility someone might that makes me pay more attention and consider more carefully how I express myself. I may ‘release’ it to people I know at a later stage but, at the moment, it’s still my baby, it’s in its infancy and I want to protect it from the wider world just like any other caring parent.
I have written in a journal on and off (more off than on) for several years and for the past month have been making a conscious effort to write in it every day. I thought this would be difficult to achieve but I’ve found that it’s very quickly become a habit, more than a habit in fact. I now find it a necessity. I explore feelings, both mine and other people’s, about issues that interest me, or I write mini-articles, or poems and other bits of creative work. More recently, I’ve been using WordPress’s daily post suggestions as a prompt. In fact, this blog post is in response to one of their questions. I’m now committing myself to taking one piece of writing each week and publishing it on my blog.
I see the whole process as a journey. With travel, so often the journey becomes more important than arrival at the destination. I want to experience and enjoy this journey for its own sake. On any journey, you learn so much about the world, other people, and yourself. That is what I hope to do here. You’re welcome to join me if you wish.