Thursday, December 8, 2016
Hello From The Outside: a Blog Manifesto
I've been busy. There's no other way to explain where I've been for the last 7 or so months. I have been psyching myself up to get back into the blogging game for a while, but I had to first decide what I really wanted this blog to be. So sit back and relax, prepare your bag of sighs and eye rolls as I unveil yet another Blog Manifesto from yours truly.
I originally started A Creative Exercise to have a place to write, to improve my writing and to meet other writers. I started off strong - well strong for me - but I soon found that this little online space I had made for myself had little focus, and I just don't have the attention span to keep up a rigorous posting schedule. So I had to ask myself, "Self, if you're going to keep this up, what do you really want A Creative Exercise to be? What do you expect to get out of it? What can you do to meet those expectations?"
It's taken me a couple of months to figure it out, but I think I finally have. I need to go back to my original goal of writing and improving my writing. I want to especially focus on non-fiction and personal expression, two aspects of writing I'm actually quite terrible at. I feel that working on this type of writing will help me improve my fiction writing. I would also like to post some bits and pieces of fiction as well, but as far as the blog hops, Insecure Writers Support Group and frantic networking go (all networking is frantic when done by me), those are going to take a backseat to my main goals. I'm going to rejoin the Cephalopod Coffee House, because to be honest they were the only regular posting I actually enjoyed doing. I'm going to try to be at least a regular monthly poster, but fair warning: starting in January the next six months are going to be a beast for me, personally.
Most importantly, I want A Creative Exercise to be a place to proclaim my successes, not chronicle my failures as it has been so often in the past.
I know I've promised to "refocus" multiple times in the last 4 years. I know I've lost focus a lot in that time frame, but in the end I think it went bad because I was trying to make this blog into something that I'm not: a person who knows what the hell they're doing. I haven't a clue of what I'm doing most of the time, in any setting. Online, IRL, none of it.
In conclusion, (a phrase that I use at the end of every paper and essay to indicate that you, dear reader, and I are finally nearing the end of a long slog), I plan to bring my expectations of this blog back to earth and to ease up on expectations of myself. In the end, I hope that my ability focus my thoughts into written expression will improve, thus improving other areas of writing. I also, plan for this blog to be a place for personal expression and something I enjoy doing, instead of dreading it as I have in the past.