Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Challenge

I set out to blog way back in January of 2010 as a way to set my thoughts to the page.  At that point, I was only considering the possibility that one day, my son would decide that he wanted to read the pages and would appreciate having stories about his childhood to read to his own children.  Okay, I also thought that by writing down some of the stories, I would preserve some blackmail fodder for the teenage years, but I wasn't planning on actually using any of it.

Okay, maybe a few times.  

Along the way, I remember that I enjoy writing.  I'd forgotten that, amid all those responsibilities that adulthood brings, and it was a blissful reunion.  After a short period of time, I felt comfortable enough to start blogging about other topics besides my child.  I even worked up my courage and started *gasp* linking up with other bloggers!  I even started trying my hand at fiction. 

Even after all these years, I still have one main challenge in my blogging.  It's something that I work at every single day--even if I'm not posting.  It's been an issue in other aspects of my life, so why not my blogging?  I've worked on this for many years, and while I think I've gotten better, I'm still a work in progress.

My challenge is that I want to write about everything that is in my head.  I want to put it all on paper, without narrowing anything down or focusing on a single topic.  Every stream of consciousness, every image, every song, etc.?  I want to write it all down, all at once. 

You people would think I was nuts.  Heck, even I would think that I was nuts.  

The simple act of narrowing down my thoughts to a single focus is sometimes exhausting.  What takes some people thirty minutes may take me all day.  Even after I've typed something in the blank space, I'll have to proofread, and edit. I usually find some random thought has seeped into the paragraphs, and I have to weed it out.  Occasionally I am too tired and inattentive, and when I read what I've posted later, it's as if another person stole my password and wrote the post for me.  It's a foreign language.  But I'll keep trying.

What is your blogging challenge?

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  1. I find writing takes me a long time, too. No matter how simple it is. I can spent an hour on 1 paragraph and not even notice that much time has gone by.
    I think it's just a matter of personal style.

  2. I have this problem too! Also time is a challenge for me, the time to get a single sentence written without being pulled away from my computer. I found you through Mama Kat's writing workshop. :-)

  3. The challenge for me is just the sitting down and doing! It is funny that you started in 2010 as I did, because by the time I "found" you, I always saw you as this veteran who had been doing this much longer. You were one of my first new friends out here! Thanks for the encouragement to keep making connections! xoxox

  4. I go in cycles. Sometimes I'm filled with ideas and sometimes there's just nothing. I hate it when I've got all the great ideas and then forget them all. That happens quite a bit too. ;)


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