I’m answering the thoughtful questions on my Six Year Anniversary post slowly, savoring them. Thank you to those of you who took the time to say something! Today, questions about writing and blogging in particular:
Do you always think blogging will be a part of your life? Ever entertained a hiatus? What is your favorite part of writing? And do you have advice for other writers regarding the craft of writing?
It is hard for me to imagine life without blogging. It is so central to my life now, such an ingrained pattern, and as I’ve noted, I honestly believe that the practice of writing here has fundamentally changed the way I engage with the world. I’m trying to do some real writing outside of this blog, and now and then I think: well, I should stop blogging, free up some time for the other projects. But I just can’t seem to do that. Every writing-related change and joy in my life is directly due to my work here. How could I step away from that?
A hiatus, I do think about. I’ve loved the last two August breaks, where I just share pictures. I generally re-share my favorite posts from each month at the end of December. But I guess those are not true hiatuses, because I am still coming here. Truthfully, I do think about a real break, mostly because I fear I’ve become incredibly repetitive here. But I’m afraid I will come back to crickets. And of what losing the practice of this process will do to the rest of my writing and life.
My favorite part of writing is surely when I hear that something I’ve said touches a reader. One of the central pleasures in my own life is the feeling of reading someone’s words and thinking oh, yes, that’s what I mean, though I could never express it, and thank goodness I am not alone. The idea that I may be able to provide a similar sensation to someone else, even very rarely, is reason enough to put pen to paper. It’s a reason to live, in my opinion.
Advice. It seems absurd to ask that of me, who is still such a novice, such a hack, who has so very much to learn herself. I don’t have any wisdom to offer, unfortunately, other than open your eyes and pay attention. And then write it down. And do it again the next day. And every day after that. That is all I know how to do. That is the extent of my practice, my knowledge, and my advice.
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