Early in my blogging life I decided my posts would be around 500 words. I haven’t stuck rigidly to that, I probably average 600. It’s been a good discipline for someone who loves playing with vocabulary: I’ve learned about brevity and shaping a story.
Last week, when taking part in the Liebster Award, I had just over 400 words of instructions to paste in. I knew I couldn’t create an introduction and 11 answers with what was left, so for my peace of mind, I decided to only count my responses. That worked for the set-questions (750 words), but left no room for two optional rules which I thought intriguing.
- Write a paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging
- List ten random facts about yourself
Consequently, this post takes a few liberties.
Firstly, I have to wonder, am I passionate about blogging? It depends on how we think passion manifests. If it’s waves crashing over lovers writhing on the shore, or, as the dictionary lists the synonyms, it is vehement, fiery, heated and feverish, then the answer would have to be no.
However, what blogging has developed into for me is not just a regular commitment to writing, it’s a place where I connect with bloggers around the world. I like to think my horizons are continually broadening, and my weekly posts happen because I’ve made friends. I’m no longer sending words out into the ether, people read and respond. There is an energy involved in this process that is fed by my friends, and drives me to continue writing. In other words, this is all your fault. Really!
10 Random facts:
- Never give me an inch, because I will take a mile.
- I use random facts to create characters.
- I only buy black socks. It means not having to worry about making up pairs.
- There are five hats on top of my wardrobe, two of which I’ve never worn.
- I’ve been soaking the blocked black ink-jet on a printer for two weeks, and am determined that this printer is not going to be dumped.
- I don’t always try to tell the truth in real life, but I value honesty in fiction.
- Despite severe pruning last winter, my fig tree has again grown right across the kitchen window.
- I believe that sometimes it’s better for a glass to be half empty.
- I will not make a mosaic from the box of crockery shards I have been collecting while walking Rusty across ploughed fields.
- I have twenty-two hand-knitted jumpers. Thanks, mum!
Ray’s just read this, and he says:
“It is difficult to pin down the origin of any thought. So, we have to question what random might actually mean. No matter what you do, you cannot find out where a thought originates. You pick up something intuitively, and have to follow it. If thoughts only originate in the world, how would we ever be able to use them to express something new?” (Taoism)
Total: 491 Words (including this). :~)