Friday, January 3, 2014

Toning the Writing Muscle


My dad asked me if I thought blogging was on the way out - or already done. I told him that I thought so; many of my favourite bloggers haven't posted in months and I rarely get a comment anymore. Blog fatigue. I think the length and commitment of the blog has given way to the succinct 140 character quips and tweets. People are busy and want info served up in small tidy packets.

I get it. But it does not deter me. Because, wisely or not, I blog for myself. I blog to exercise my writing muscle; to express myself; to cause myself to pause at day's end and reflect. After all, any day worth living has a gift - a nugget of truth or wisdom. And I set out to seek the gift.

I have been blogging for more than six years now. I started this space to challenge myself to write every day. I accomplished that the first two years and sadly the number of posts reduced by half in each subsequent year. I waned. I let other things get in the way of writing and I missed it. Writing takes commitment and today I am renewing my vows, so to speak. My "muscle" is flabby (like so many others) but not for long! That's the beauty of time -- we can reinvent ourselves and start anew for tomorrow is a new day. And for that, I am truly grateful.

5 comments:

  1. It's sad but true, and I've been thinking this same thing for a while...blogging seems to be dying with the exception of food and craft blogs perhaps. I'm with you however - I blog for myself and love having a visual and written journal of the past (6? 7?) years of my life. And I too love taking the time to reflect at the end of the day or week.

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    1. Me too Uma -- and I love reading your reflections and witnessing your spiritual growth and self discovery. :)

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  2. Maybe blogging is falling by the wayside, but as you so eloquently put it, Lyn, we're doing it for ourselves. And again you're right, I read over some of my very early blogs, and it's as if another person wrote it.
    You write about being grateful a lot of the time. Well, Lyn, that's like a prayer and it is being heard. Keep blogging, friend!

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    1. Hilda, you always write the kindest comments. I admire your willingness to learn and embrace new technologies to share your thoughts, memories and ideas. Happy new year my friend. :)

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  3. Sad, isn't it... a commentary on life in general that we now want to sum it all up in 140 characters or less. Less isn't always more. Being witty and curt, we amuse ourselves and seek to entertain and no doubt there is a place for humour and getting to the point. I know what you mean by blogging for yourself. I've always thought your writing muscles to be beautiful and strong! Angela

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