On Summer and Slacking

This blog needs to be resuscitated. It wouldn’t be the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. It’s not that I have nothing to say. On the contrary. I always have a running list of interesting topics that would be fun to write about. My problem is that I don’t always get around to writing the material. It’s like a perpetual to-do list.

I’m cutting myself some slack for the rest of June. It’s summer vacation and we’re still getting used to being out of school. But in July I hope to make some better progress, at least with this blog. I don’t want it to sit here stagnant. I’d like to join the A to Z road trip, visiting (and re-visiting) some blogs from the challenge, hopefully becoming inspired by reading other blogs, and perhaps bringing some readers back here to converse with me.

Truthfully, I’m really struggling with where to take this blog. I want it to showcase my writing abilities, but how casual should it be? How serious? I kind of regret abandoning my Posterous Spaces, because the Your2Cents blog had a purpose–to post blurbs about current events or issues and ask for feedback. My other (main) space over there was random, and that was okay; it was a place where I could post what I ate for dinner and other minutiae. I even had a private journal just for writing practice. But now I have this one blog here and I’m not sure where it’s going. I can’t figure out how to combine my former spaces into one comprehensive site. Maybe I’ll just worry about it on a post by post basis.

Hmm, I just checked over at Posterous though, and their official blog hasn’t even been updated since March 12, the day they announced that they were being bought by Twitter. Not a good sign after all. Looks like I’ll continue twiddling my thumbs over here for a while.

A to Z Challenge: Reflections

Great job on the A to Z Challenge, everyone!

And thank you to all of my readers, old and new! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Hopefully I was able to visit all of you as well. I’m so glad that I participated for the first time in this year’s challenge, even though I flaked a little bit at the end. (Hey, I came across quite a few other bloggers who threw in the towel after only a few posts. So kudos to everyone who completed each letter!)

Wow, I wrote nearly 7,000 words over the course of the challenge. That might not seem like a lot to the professional authors among you, but it feels good to see all of my blurbs add up to something.

I don’t have any deep reflections to offer, but I wanted to share that I’ve learned so much from the other writers and bloggers who participated. I made connections to other like-minded people, while also getting exposed to styles and interests that were waaay different from my own.

It was fun to see people have the exact same ideas or words for their topics, especially when they took their posts in completely different directions.

Bottom line: I learned a lot and can’t wait for next year’s challenge….