This is not the inevitable “why I blog post” (yet) but admittedly its a bit of a navel gazer.
With a social life and work, time is precious. To the point where I’ve realised I got little time to peck out a blog post. Even when I do get the time, the post itself takes so bloody long.
There’s looking up links to back up claims. I do try to actually read the sites I link too – though lately I’ve been forced to skim. There’s the proper linking after picking the best referencing sites. I use the
title="" attribute in the link tag to give visitors a heads up about where the link will take them. I instinctively feel that its a good blogging/HTML habit to have. Even the exalted Jacob Neilson felt so in the last century. However it just adds to the time it takes to simply add a link.
Finally, there’s the proofing and spell checking (my fingers lead to quite a few typos). There are those with alternative views on typos (of the spelling kind). Personally I can’t stand clumsiness in my own writing. Yet no matter what proofing I do mistakes happen. I’ve given up on beating myself over it and just fix them as they are detected.
Further muddying the waters is the fact that the act of writing tends to change my ideas. I’ve given up outlining a blog post. Having to reconcile the new thoughts as I peck the keys with the original outline involves too much mind wrestling.
Its easier to just bang out the thoughts raw and unedited, then mould something that sounds more like what I feel about something than what I’d claim is a logical argument. Yes it sounds rather convoluted but I prefer to go with a subjective feeling about what sounds true rather than logical.
Yet I persist because I enjoy writing. A blog’s conversational format takes out the pressure of having a structure such as fiction or some type of journalistic article. The motive to write is also propped up by a egoistic thrill some people actually might read this and a few (shockingly) actually like it. At least when I occasionally strike a cord.