My summer was awesome. My writing ambition never went away, but my writing routine stopped these last few months. After Labor Day next week, I need to get back to writing. I’ve thought this over thoroughly, and this is my last post for the mallisonwhat blog. In true self-absorbed fashion I will explain the two major reasons for this decision in detail.
In August 2009 I started mallisonwhat with no real clue how to blog. Writing regularly, at some points with multiple posts weekly, did improve my writing. I’m a better writer now than when I started this blog. That is the major success of doing this blog for six years.
I had ups and downs like any blog. My first major reason to stop is I know more about blogging and writing now. On mallisonwhat I wrote about skateboarding, libraries, writing, my weekends, and other random shit. Successful bloggers imitate or follow journalism rules and claim expertise. Any successful blog is topical, on one topic, and the readers are people interested in that topic.
For blogging success, by success I mean hundreds of views everyday, I’d need to focus on a topic. I would have to choose between a skateboarding blog, a library blog, a writing blog, a lifestyle blog, or whatever interest. Or I could have 5 different blogs for each interest. Also, to gain a following bloggers should post at least three times a week. However the frequent posts need to be engaging to bring people back. A lot of times when I tried to post more than twice a week I wrote fluff.
After I finish typing up my novel, I may attempt blogging again. Starting from scratch may be exciting. I started mallisonwhat on wordpress.com and less than a year ago switched to the bluehost server. Between the two of those I had over 35,000 views, but it took several years to get past that 10,000 benchmark. Perhaps with a different blog I can surpass those numbers quicker. I will contact bluehost to see if I can archive mallisonwhat easily without the capacity for future posts.
Now I’ll explain the more important reason to bag mallisonwhat. Over winter in three months I rewrote my novel. I hated typing, and in June I stopped. I have 12 chapters out of 33 typed. I need to type that up in order to have anything to work with. That is my writing priority.
Also, even though this blog helped my writing it has limited it too. I made the decision not to put fiction on my blog. That has resulted in not much fiction output with the exception of my novel. With a blog you post immediately. I have colleagues and family that see it online. Two years ago I became less of wimp and put in occasional curse words, but I still censored myself. Everything I thought up I would first evaluate the potential offense to people.
For people putting things online self-censorship is not a bad thing. But I admire degenerate writing. I like reading about drugs and sex. If I want to write in a controversial way, I need to practice writing in that way to find a voice. Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski are the two classic degenerate writers. They did not find their voice over night, or with ease, they both put in their time writing.
Instead of writing self censored blog posts two or three times a week, I’m better off either writing fiction or essays without restricting myself. I may write these out by hand, or on the computer. The difference is I would not share them online. Part of blogging and social media is the need for immediate attention. I think I’m better keeping my writing to myself, and practice revising too.
If I write something good, and really polish it I could submit writing for publication. If you post something controversial on a blog, and someone challenges you on it, as a blogger you are the only one to defend yourself. If you get the same piece published people are happy for you. The writing is recognized and validated by being published. It may still piss people off, but the writer has backing.
I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to read my blog over the past six years. I’d also like to super thank anyone that took the time to give me feedback on my writing. Cheers and peace on earth!