Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blogging














I've missed it.

It's interesting how the energy to write -- or not to write -- ebbs and flows. It definitely ebbed in relation to this blog in November, and a couple of weeks ago it started to flow again. I felt strongly drawn back here, like an inevitable calling. And then voila: I find that it's time for the A to Z Challenge again. 

One reason I love blogging is that it so accurately reflects life. As a blogger, I get to share everything I feel comfortable with about my own journey -- from the joys to the messiness along the way. Readers get to see it all. In some ways, it feels more intriguing than fiction. When there's a willingness on both sides to genuinely engage, it seems to me that the shorter, more personal and very real nature of a blog allows for a rather unique kind of connection. 

Not that there are always readers. I find myself talking to you, the reader, but not being attached to whether there's anyone there to receive the words. That, I suppose, is what writing for the love of it feels like.

Speaking of messiness, I was proud of myself for writing 26 blog posts last year in the spirit of the A to Z Challenge. Granted, it took seven months, but it got done. I didn't make it through NaNoWriMo as I had hoped, either. I did write more for a book than I ever have, making it to about 15,000 words. The goal was 50,000. Perhaps the successful effort in this year's April blogging challenge will carry over and provide a boost for November to finish the novel-writing challenge.

That's my intention. We'll see how it actually plays out in this trippy adventure we're all on.

4 comments:

  1. Sometimes it's just about the ride, am I right? Looking forward to your letter C!

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    1. Absolutely! And thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. I recently started writing more again after a very long dry spell in which, very sadly, my marriage ended, I moved, started 2 new jobs, and my daughter started college out of state. :-) It is such a JOY to write again! At first I could only get a couple of paragraphs...but every time you write you're learning more about the process--so don't be hard on yourself about last year's A to Z Challenge or NaNoWriMo. Looking forward to reading more!

    Shelly Burke, checking in with the A to Z Challenge from www.nebraskafamilytimes.blogspot.com and www.achristianmomsguide.blogspot.com (also less than 100 followers!)

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  3. Shelly, I'm so glad to hear about the joy you're finding in writing again. It is wonderful to come back to it indeed. Best of luck with your blogs during the challenge!

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