Every Blog Has It's Day
I was thinking about my blog a lot the last week of December. I had reason to go back into its' archives looking for something, and while I was there I took the time to scan each piece I wrote. I was less than thrilled. Everything seemed to fall short of what I would want it to be, and yet when I asked myself what my goals were in having a blog, I easily had answers for what I did not want it to be, but found it hard to arrive at concrete concepts of what it should be. I never wanted my blog to focus on one topic (photography, food, dating, politics, reviews). I didn't want it flooded with personal day-to-day emotions and drama. I didn't want to write these drawn out theoretical pieces that, while they make you think, can also hit the reader like a literary anvil.
So here is my fresh start. The new year. Do I begin to write daily, or continue with a few pieces a week, hopefully with the chance of improving my content? I would like to do more reporting on the street with camera in hand, a citizen journalist as it were: self-appointed reporting, no assignments or deadlines, self-publishing and complete control. Yet with all of these freedoms, it is easy to feel the full impact of production and at times it seems it would almost be better if someone were saying, "Give me 1200 words on (fill in the blank), and I need it by Friday."
I don't like posting in quick succession when the comment field hasn't had time to build, and that's another problem: how to continue building a core readership. I love hearing back from people, often with their own stories. The only solid idea that I've arrived at on January 1, 2006 is that I will continue to pursue eclectic ideas and interests. I will be reformatting the blog at some point (definitely putting up art in the banner). I want to update my blog roll to reflect what I am reading and honor those good writers, and I want to acquire a better quality camera for many reasons. Right now, I am using a digital camera that is literally held together with rubber bands and tape. Oddly enough it landed in that state because of Jimi Hendrix, but that's another story.
So many things to think about for blogging in 2006. The key thing for me is to continue to try and learn the medium and to have a blossoming, open mind.
*Photograph by Rosamund Purcell