I was beginning to feel quite pleased with myself. Six months of, what appeared successful blogging; lots of positive feedback; renewed enthusiasm for writing. I even transferred to this new fancy Word press Blog last week without too much fuss. I thought I’d discussed some important issues, things which intrigued me, changed me, and affected me in my daily grind as an English teacher. Brimming with confidence, I began my holidays with renewed confidence and bold intentions. Then I read a couple of things and it made me stand back a little.
I came across ‘Dear Jon letter (a.k.a. The world doesn’t care about you)’ a few months ago when I was just getting underway with this Blogging thing and didn’t really think much about it. No-one really read my blog anyway so why should I care? But now I consider myself a semi-serious Blogger with hopes, I reread it last night. Sobering. The lovely people who’ve commented on my Blog and those who have tweeted some nice things have helped but you are only really as good as your last post, aren’t you? There are too many things to readout there without providing anything new or interesting. Unless I do that, will these readers hang around?
‘Maybe. And, if you’re adding value, they might stick around. Maybe. Or they might not. If you’re really lucky, they might tell a few friends about you. And some of those people might actually stop by and/or stay. But they probably won’t.’
Added to this I also read ‘Reality Hunger’ by David Shields. This is a thought-provoking book which questions established perceptions of Narrative, Art and many other things. He claims, at least I think, that the blurring of publishing lines allows everyone to tell their story, making it more and more difficult to sustain quality.
‘Suddenly everyone’s tale is tellable, which seems to me a good thing, even if not everyone’s story turns out to be fascinating or well told.’
I linked these two pieces of work quite comfortably as I reread my first six months of Blog posts. My writing is not bad, quite enjoyable in places, and I do try to make some goods points. I don’t think they really go beyond a mild chin scratching though. Very rarely do they encourage discussion. That needs to change.
Now I’ve moved over to this new Blog, I vow to make my Blog better. In doing that I will try and be more weighty in the points I cover. I will try to open up discussions which perhaps are not being discussed elsewhere, perhaps shake a few cages and indeed open myself up to closer scrutiny. I’d hate for my Blog to be merely a vanity project. My Blog needs to better, much better than yesterday.
‘Say the things you’re most ashamed of, things you don’t want to remember, things you don’t want anybody to know. Maybe that way there’ll be some truth.’