Just Writing Because I Haven’t in a While

The point of this blog post is simply to write something and post it. I haven’t written anything in a while and I’m bothered about it. My ideas haven’t been coming together.

I’m doing something about it, though. I’m working my way through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Week 2 is interesting enough. The tasks are easier for me to complete, but some of them build on the tasks from the first week that I didn’t complete. So be it.

I’ve been working on some videos and some photography. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my work. I post the videos to my YouTube channel, too. The work has been filling a creative void or creating one. The answer will come to me once I’ve figured it out.

One question has been on my mind: does a writer need to write in order to remain a writer? The answer is pretty clear: yes. That being the case, is my current predicament an indication that I’m no longer a writer or that some time away from writing would be beneficial?

I’m forcing this blog post out of me. I’m not editing it. I’m not thinking too much about it. I’m just writing it because the weight of not having posted something in about a month has become too much for me to carry.

At the beginning of the year, I had set a goal of 300 blog posts in 2021. It’s a lofty goal. It would mean writing nearly every day, something I wish I did. The goal isn’t unreachable, maybe just untenable. Writing doesn’t sit in the privileged position that I think it should in my life. There are always other things to do.

So far this year, I’ve published 55 posts. That’s 245 short of my goal. There are 178 days left in the year. That’s 67 shy. If I were to write 1.38 posts a day for the rest of the year, I would reach my goal. It took me 187 days to publish 55 posts. That’s one post every 3.4 days.

The math is not very interesting and not very helpful.

Mister 187 on a motherfucking cop. 
    - Who Am I (What's My Name?) by Snoop Dogg

Focus. I need a focus. I need to focus.

My blog is my way of documenting my journey as a (fledgling) writer so I need to post content. Even just a quick update would be something more than nothing. Those small pieces could lead to something significant. If they’re not posted, I won’t ever know.

Should I make another commitment to write more and post more? Probably not. I’m very noncommittal. Or, I’m flighty.

However I approach it, more needs to be done. More work needs to be put in. More work needs to be put out.

Are blogs still a thing? Do people still read them? I think I’ve asked the question before. Could I post more videos and pictures and still be working as a writer trying to make something of his writing?

I don’t think I’ve kept up with how blogging has changed. I’m stuck in 2012. That was a big year for me. It led to a lot of growth. A lot of change.

I was writing more then. I would like to start writing more again.

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