I’m sure you’re thinking, “What??!” Who would impose 7 days of blogging in a row upon themselves?! And then subject the rest of the world to it?! That would be me, trying to put thought to paper, and in a meaningful way (and not just for my Social Media 101 class!) The class challenge is to write blogs about social media. My mini challenge adds 1-7, and this being the first, it entails “1”, therefore I write about myself, and the fear, but not loathing, of blog writing. As you can see, I’m using a photo of my cat for a blog about me. That might get me fans or you may have already stopped reading…
Being of an older demographic, I grew up “writing in my journal.” No wait, I actually had a little diary with a little “lock” on it first. I’m not sure when it started, but I believe either my mom or a friend of hers gave me that first diary. I was one of the lucky ones who never got her diary “broken into,” but I have heard many stories about this horrible breach of trust, which can lead to a lifelong suspicion of others in some cases (so just don’t do it!)
Anyway, I have a box of those journals somewhere in my basement. They will be read again at some point (I’m sure there are some gems in there) and then they will either turn into the great American novel (ha-ha) or succumb to a “ritual burn fire.” Writing all the time came easy back then. I continued to write, albeit not daily, until well into my thirties. For some reason I stopped at some point. I really do not know why. Maybe my life was just too wild to be documented? Maybe I wasn’t sure how to change the names to protect the guilty? Or maybe I just needed more sleep.
“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is the need to write like this? Ego? Confidence-building? Simply pure venting to prevent random acts of aggression? So one does not literally bite someone’s head off (I mean right off, no metaphor here whatsoever!) Or is it to inspire creativity? Clarity of thought? If the latter is it, I’d best start up again for real, because being over 50 one cannot keep too many thoughts in one’s head at the same time and certainly the memory is no longer what it used to be. Will my brain become more savvy by being challenged to write to the masses (or to an audience of one?)
I’m now at that age of starting to want to write stories. Maybe even write my own story, or at least short stories based upon those stranger than fiction moments and experiences we all have. However, writing in a journal and writing for a specific target audience is quite different, is it not? Is it easier to write to oneself or to others? And, oh my, who would those others be? People who are also discovering that technology and especially social media are now ingrained as a part of our daily lives and we’d better get with it? Or people who will understand my trepidation and might just take up the challenge with me? Or anyone who likes cats?
Check back over the next six days if I have managed to spark your interest and let’s see what evolves.