Friday, October 14, 2011

Quality Over Quantity

These Wilmington photos don't have anything to do with this post. I just like them.

Since I moved to Wilmington this summer, I haven't been blogging as much. At first it was because it took us over three weeks to get the Internet hooked up and blogging from my phone was cumbersome. Then school started and I was busy learning how to be a student again. Now I have Internet at home, I'm settled into my new routine, and still - I'm blogging less, averaging about three times a week. What gives?

I'll tell you what. I don't have as much to say. Seems crazy, considering I'm in a new town, in a new part of the country, in the throes of an MFA program, and awash in new experiences and adventures. The difference is that I'm not at a desk 40 hours a week and when I do have time to sit down and write I am choosing to instead work on my fiction rather than my blog. Which is necessary and wonderful and the whole point of living in Wilmington, but still - I miss rambling here daily, about whatever pops into my mind. The longer I go between posts, the more pressure I feel to make a reappearance that will knock your socks off. And that kind of pressure makes blogging - a hobby, a diversion, a way to relax and unwind - anything but.

What to do? For one, keep blogging. I don't think I could give up my little space on the Internet even if I wanted to, and I definitely don't want to. To me, blogging is an art - unique in it's freedoms and constraints, a form that suits a certain kind of writing and thinking, and a tool to capture and document a person's story, as it unfolds. I like fitting my thoughts and dreams into short(ish) posts, taking photos to capture important or just pretty moments of my life, and sharing my story with my small but kind and thoughtful circle of readers. I have made real friends through blogging, and if I left this space behind I would miss them very much. 

Which is all to say: I will keep blogging, most likely forever. But for the forseeable future, I will be focusing on quality over quantity. I thought about making a blogging schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:00 AM ET) but again - that puts too much pressure on a thing which is suppose to be fun. So instead, I'll just write when I have something to say, leave more comments on the blogs that I love, and write the heck out of some short stories and, soon, a novel.

So how about this: you keep blogging and reading and commenting, and so will I. Deal? Deal.