I have heard writers say that their Characters take on a life of their own, and the author is just there to transcribe. I didn’t really believe that until I started this blog. My blog is the voice of just one character, yet most times I have no idea where this person is going to go until I start to write. (I have been accused of sometimes opening my mouth to speak before engaging my brain, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.)
Oh, I might have an idea of what I think I want to say, but I really don’t know where the topic is going to go, nor what it will look like, until it is done. I just start with a beginning, work through the middle bits, and end it by checking to see if I am anywhere close to confirming what I started with. Then I’m finished, hopefully in less than 500 words and a picture or two. (Blogs are very short stories…)
I send it off to the Blogosphere, where you, the readers and critics, decide its fate. For the most part, you are a silent bunch and I really can’t see your heads nodding or your faces frowning no matter how hard I envision it. Some of you leave Comments to let me know you are out there, but most don’t. No time, no interest or maybe a hesitation to commit. After all, a Comment requires a name, an email address and a thought, at the very least. That is a lot to ask of a casual passerby, isn’t it?
Comments have a purpose, though, well beyond a congratulatory pat on the back. They give you folks – the editors, critics, and review boards – the chance for input. They let fellow bloggers leave a trail of crumbs to other blogs and ideas. They create a community. Writing may be a solitary process, but blogging isn’t…
End of Week Notes:
Did you know that your Email Address is safe when you leave it in a comment at a WordPress.com blog? WordPress won’t let anyone steal your address and then send you spam. The Happiness Engineers told me so.
Google Search is an amazing tool. I wrote a post about our 1980 Corvette, and when I Google it, it shows up on the 4th page. Google found it because it is the name of the title, I guess. But if I Google 1980 Corvette Wendy, Google moves it up to Number 1. Google found Wendy in the content of the blog, and thought it was the best match for someone looking for a 1980 Corvette named Wendy.
Lastly, someone wisely said, “To be or not to be … I think it’s a trick question.” And that brings me back to the beginning of this post, sort of.