Last night’s online meeting went from When Shall We Three Meet Again to the Fab Four. Despite occasional WiFi snags and some interface issues, a group of us got together for an hour or so. While talking through a headset isn’t quite the same as meeting up, it helps, and the shared laughter raises the spirits. I should add that that’s not in a necromantic and/or demonic manner. Can an atheist be possessed? 🤔
Part of the conversation turned to writing, or more accurately blogging, if there’s a difference. Okay, I’ll be open and say while putting thoughts on – uhhh – digital paper is the act of writing, I don’t consider what I do, at least, as writing. Maybe it’s a self-confidence thing, maybe it’s keeping ones feet on the ground, or maybe there is a true gap between what’s effectively an open, online diary, and the activity of the author. The professional writer if you will. Answers to a comment box below.
One of the attendees, and I’ll spare their blushes, spoke about their aim of writing something that interested them and that it had to feel fresh. I joked that the way to keep blogging is to have a low quality threshold. While I can make self depreciating quips about what I do, it’s by no means a judgement on others. That would be rude.
Crap jokes aside, I think there’s a truth in the concept of a threshold. If you hold each would-be idea to the harsh beams of interesting, cool, or suchlike, then do you give it time to breathe and expand?
While I think there’s value in – how can I put this? – not junk posting, to hold yourself back by never pressing the publish button, how do you learn and grow? I know when I look back at things I’ve worn or posts I’ve written from back in the day: some things I’m not okay with. Take for example last week’s outfit gallery and I probably wouldn’t do the monochrome short skirt again. Mind you, I think I did for a Xmas party, so perhaps the learning point was occasional and age? But, if I’d not tried it, would I now know? As some folk joke at work, unknown unknowns or the similar we don’t know, what we don’t know. Maybe you need to stumble about a bit to find what’s works for you.
So jumping back a paragraph about giving something space, maybe the idea needs a little time. Give it some room in your head and your heart. Let it move about, shift, even – and at the risk of getting a bit Trans 😉 – transform into something new. If nothing else you’ve explored things and maybe that’ll take you someplace new. Plus, if not you, then maybe someone else can pick up on it and offer new thoughts. Collaboration for the win 👍