It is important to recognize your own short comings in order to grow and I’ve come to realize I am not much of a blogger.
Yes, I am passionate about a lot of things and am always up for a lively debate or diatribe, but when it comes to blogging… well, my inner editor – some call it common sense – steps up and censors me to the point that the piece isn’t worth writing about anymore.
I have issues with the school boards, the bus lines, local, provincial and federal government and corporations who let accountants dictate how they should run a business. When it comes to writing that down, though, I balk. Something that surprises me. I normally am out spoken and have a tendency to dig my heels in when I believe strongly in the cause. That, and I don’t employ that censor when I write my novels.
I guess I’ve always known I’m not cut out for article writing or short stories for that matter. Opinions, even well-educated ones fueled by common sense, are overlooked with alarming ease and I don’t need that stress. As for short stories, I don’t believe in them. There is no such thing.
Someone once told me that short stories are a brief glimpse of a larger picture. That stuck with and is a detriment to my efforts in short story contests like the upcoming WCDR’s Whispered Words (Yes I plan to enter this year and already have a piece ready to go. An experiment in trying to buck my restrictions).
What happens is that the brief portal to the larger picture sucks me in and as much as I try to contain the vortex of pictures, sounds and smells, I end up with a sprawling landscape populated by people with rich history. All I wanted was a postal stamp lawn. As a result, the reader wants to/needs to know more about the characters for the story to have the same impact on them that it does on me.
To that end, I’m finding that my blogging has been diluted and is not having that impact. In essence I am throwing my dull paper clip onto an ever growing mountain of brightly coloured and sparkling paperclips.
So, any suggestions? Is there something you, as a reader would like to know or see more of? Help me be a better Blogger.
What is it that keeps you coming back? What would make you want to come back?