I have a bad habit of waking up early in the morning and sitting in my chair and writing in longhand. I say it’s bad, not really believing it, because it requires an extra step of typing, and the light editing that goes along with it, just to do a blogpost. There are infinite styles and topic for blogging, and one finds one’s own approach over time; it can be a challenge just to keep going. So the problem with my bad habit is that when the going gets tough, it’s tough to type. It’s hard enough to sit and write in the first place, and that can fade in and out.
My blog has taken hits from all sides, now that I think of it. The first was that it prompted me to write other stuff, including fiction (another high class problem). But now that enterprise is on its own hiatus, waiting for its next prompt. The next challenge is scattered and ineffective reading. But I’m not really one to let that top me, and I can find all sorts of things to say about books I’ve read in the past and half-remember. That was part of the beauty of the blog in the first place, that I was sitting on a store of thought and information that I had never written about or shared. I want to remind my self that writing on the blog really helped my reading, giving it a focus and something of a purpose.
So let’s see, what else is there, getting in the way. My daughter has been studying English at Oxford, starting her junior year abroad and working on Shakespeare and Chaucer, and I’ve been writing about that. Some of it has been blog material, sort of, even if she might not be excited to read my musings on her literary education, or at least the ones that I don’t send her as emails (not to mention pestering her with bbm instant messages. How is Coriolanus going? You sure you don’t want to finish it? Yes, you don’t have to, but why not? The Tempest paper done yet? It never ends.) So once again, it has been easier not to type and post.
Enough complaining. Is there any chance that I could go on an end of the year run? Do some typing, maybe even some reading? It’s not like I have a huge backlog of material, just a few posts. Let’s see how it goes.