OK, so the title is a bit hyperbolic.
Here's the setup. A friend on Facebook recently opined that she misses blogging, and her circle of blogging friends (of which I am happy to say I am a part). But she also challenged us--let's get back to blogging. (Here's a link to her blog....heh heh, that will get her back to blogging!)
Another Facebook friend, and blogger (her blog) threw down the proverbial gauntlet by providing a prompt to get us bloggers back to blogging. The prompt: think and write about why we STARTED blogging in the first place.
So, here goes.
The first several blogs that I wrote were about a trip my husband and I took to Spain, in 2006. By beginning to blog, I took a new approach to the traditional travel journal. I try to write a journal on any long vacation trip, to capture some of what we saw and did, and to save place names and events so I can identify photos. Blogging provided a nice intersection of the two--write about it, and show some pictures of the trip.
Very quickly, my blog became a vehicle for writing about my childhood, my family, my past.
Writing is a bit like breathing for me. I majored in English Literature in college, and loved READING (the companion of writing). I spent the first 8 years and the last 7 years of my working life teaching college composition. So I cherish writing. Grammar matters to me. Knowing how to craft a well-written sentence matters to me. Knowing how to write in different tones--formal, informal, narrative, humorous, etc--matters to me.
When I was teaching writing, students would ask--how do I get started in writing? That was always a tough question for me to answer, because as soon as my fingers touch the keyboard, the words start flowing.
Now, given that free-flowing of words, you might wonder why has my blogging slowed down. I have not stopped blogging, but I acknowledge I have ... shall we say, slowed down. Oh, lots of reasons. Part of it I explained in the blog post immediately preceding this one. Part of it just plain being distracted. Too many frittery things to do--read Facebook, played Scrabble or Words with Friends, play a game or two of Free Cell, take photos, walk the dog, work in the flower garden. And on and on.
But I am up for the challenge--so there you have it. I write because I must. And I began writing my blog because...well, because it seemed more accessible than writing a book.
By the way, I can guarantee that those of us who want to get back to blogging won't run out of prompts. I have a whole file full of them from when I was teaching!