Blogging is casual, social, and far more in the moment than writing a story. At least that’s how I like it to be. I do have my hang ups sometimes, my (more than occasional) inability to pull the trigger and hit ‘publish’, and sometimes I even do a fair amount of rewriting and editing on my posts before (as well as after) deciding they’re ‘ready’ to be published here, but the degree of scrutiny, the ‘standard’ I guess, is different between the two. Most of the time, anyways.
My writing has a messy process too – usually accompanied by messy results – and I’m not looking for perfection in my fiction any more than I look for it here… but here I’m just writing posts. The kind of things I tend to talk about here are easier to get across and convey then the events or people in any given story. Or at least it seems that way. They’re based on experiences, thoughts, trial and error, and other things of the like, whereas a story grows out of imagination.
The ties to my reality are a little hazier, harder to see, that is, if you can see them at all.
Even the most reality based of stories should, in a sense, be divorced from actual reality and from the person telling the story. If I recounted something that happened to me one day as a story, I would not claim it as my day. I would have nothing to do with the experiences or occurrences of the story, no matter how alike they were to my own real experiences. Those would belong to the character in the story, and his relationship to me should be hazy. I believe that’s for the best.
Going back to the first post I wrote on this, I mentioned a blogger that has talked about this before on his own sites; at least I think he posted about it on both. Either way, I know he said something about it on at least one of them. While I was writing this out I dug around over there and found the original post, but sadly it now seems to be gone. It was worth reading, if only to get you thinking about your own understanding and how you approach blogging (versus writing)…
As it is though, I guess you’ll have to settle for a suggestion from me.
Think about what a blog is to you, what you consider “blogging”, think about whether that’s actually your thing. Same for writing. Not to plan it out, but to generate ideas, definitions, and to play with them. Like that guy Emerson said, “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” And the way I see it, if it applies to life in general, you can bet your ass it applies to writing (and blogging) too.
(See Pt. 1: Writing & Blogging)