There are, of course, any number of sociable benefits to having world-wide links. The strands of the web have certainly re-drawn my idea of the globe. So the quick answer to my question, ‘why do it?’, is another question: why not?
Perhaps that’s a bit glib, so here’s a more writerly reason for blogging: structure. You don’t think I’m talking about shaping my writing…do you? I could be. Blogging has certainly taught me a lot about making my point, but no, it’s not top of my list of benefits.
The structuring that I’m talking about here is time-management.
Like so many other people intending to write, the main thing that hinders my creativity is settling to a writing schedule. I have the best intentions, but there are so many calls on my time. They belong on a sliding scale of importance, and in theory, writing is pretty close to the top. Yet, I find that my own stories are the most flexible activity on my list – regularly getting shifted downwards.
Apart from a blip a year or two ago, when I fell by the wayside for a few months, the one piece of writing that bucks this trend, is my blog. I’ve set myself a weekly deadline of Monday mornings, and mostly, I achieve that.
You’ll notice that I’ve been kind to myself, that there’s no precise time limit, though I aim for 09.20? Some weeks I slip down that deadline and post late in the day, I can live with that. I can live with that?
I can learn from it, surely. If I can put off tasks from that flexible list to make room for my blog, then it’s time I started doing the same for other writing. So this week, as my teaching schedule eases off for Christmas, I’m looking at my diary and setting myself another deadline. Five hundred words, rough as they come, by Wednesday teatime.
We should talk about this next week.