I guess we all do this for different reasons. By “we”, I mean those who blog or do some other sort of journaling. Part of the expectation of blogging is that there would be other people out there who would want to read what we have to say. Most times, I’m not so sure I have anything to say worth reading and I suspect I’m not the only one with those thoughts, especially when we’re tired or preoccupied with other things.
I think most of us bloggers would agree that sometimes the words flow like water and sometimes they’re lodged indoors hiding like a frog in the weeds. When we’re on, there are abundant ideas that all seem clever and witty, which may or may not be true but like that even matters. It’s great, because these are the times where we feel like we’re crafting something worth reading. It’s these times that it’s fun to blog.
Other times, like lately for me, the muse is absent and the best I can do is a series of short, little pieces. Or nothing at all, if all the ideas are rejected before my fingers touch the keyboard.
I think these ups and downs are normal, just like triathlon training with days we feel like crap and other days are golden. This is why I am so bummed that my friend Alisha pulled the plug on her website blog. Yeah, it’s hard to be interesting and entertaining all of the time. We can’t all be like Elizabeth who knocks off consistently long, well-written and funny stories on her blog. But Elizabeth is a writer by trade, so I guess she knows how to get through the dry spells without anyone the wiser.
For me, I keep going because my reason for blogging was never because I thought I had anything particularly fascinating to say. It’s because I wanted to practice the skill of writing based on the premise that practice leads to improvement. (Wow. In pulling up that link I just realized I have been blogging just over a year now.) I’ll withhold judgment on whether I’ve improved as a writer in the past year, although analysis of just that might be instructive in improving the quality of my output here. Hmm. Perhaps I should do that.
One more thing I’d like to say before closing on this post. I appreciate the other tri bloggers out there that produce. All those little observations and things we write about are interesting and I find time to read them. Thanks for sharing your world so I can do that.
One more thing. If you like tri-blogs, be sure to check out the Elite Triangle Tri Team blog. As the season starts rolling, there should be lots of good content from the team. Enjoy!