The nice thing about a blog is that it is never set in concrete. It’s not like writing a novel, or a story, or a poem, or even a self-help book that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Maybe it’s a bit more like writing a soap opera . . . a story that continues to unfold and even the writer doesn’t really know where it’s going to end up!
Since the last time I posted on Meanderings I’ve upgraded my Edublogs account and I now have five blogs. I’ve begun to think about the blogs that I’ve started as “filing cabinets” . . . places where I can store bits and pieces of writing until such time that I have a better idea about where a particular idea is going to end up. These filing cabinets can be as public or as private as I choose. Even though this particular blog is public . . . so few people know it’s here that it feels private. And, of course, there’s always the Edit and Delete buttons :-)!
It has occurred to me that what I like most about writing is the process itself. The product, for me, seems secondary. And I’m not sure at all about how I feel about publishing. I know it’s not about money for me anymore because I know so many people who have published books and have never made a dime. But there’s more to it than that. It’s about completion.
I once heard of the writers of a very successful soap opera being interviewed. When she was asked what she saw herself doing in the future, she said that she loved her job and had no complaints. But then she added somewhat wistfully ” . . . but someday I would love to write something with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
So maybe that’s what these blogs are about. Someday I would love to publish all five of the books that have been “writing themselves” in my mind for over 30 years now. But until that happens, it feels very good to finish a single blog post and be done.