16 August, 2015
Blaugust, day 16
Here we are, just past the half way point for the month and I’ve been going strong so far. Today, I wanted to reflect on the experience so far.
As I said on the first day, I’ve wanted to write more in my blog for a while. What did I lack? Proper motivation. Obviously I’ve had enough to say to fill 2 weeks straight of posts, so it wasn’t really a lack of interesting stuff to write about.
Blaugust gave me that push in the right direction to get me writing on here again. So, that’s good.
Planning is invaluable, but editing is optional
One thing that helped was to create a plan at the beginning. I planned out the weekly topics, and a general topic for each day. This made it easier to write because I wasn’t just staring at the blank screen wondering what I should write about. So, even with a bit of time before bed or before I leave for work in the morning, I could type out a blog post.
One major change has been to try to break up a topic into a lot of smaller posts. Each of the week’s topics could have been one longer post. I’m not sure which is better as a writer. I’d love to hear feedback for what readers thing.
The other major change has been the amount of editing I’ve done. I usually spend a lot of time editing my posts, particularly editing out unnecessary passages to reduce length. (Sometimes I’m not so successful.) But, since I studied language at university I’ve gotten pretty good at turning out quality drafts. So, what you’ve been reading has been my drafts
Oh my poor comments!
The problem with comments not working has been disappointing. I really wanted to see if people would comment more and get more interesting discussions going on each day. Instead, comments broke and people who did post comments were unable to participate.
I say in the preamble to the comments area that I think the comments are the best part of the site. I honestly mean that, as I like good interaction. Most of the people who read my blog and bother to comment are very informed and insightful.
But, it looks like comments are working again.
This week will be potpourri. I have an old post I never quite finished that I’m going to post for tomorrow. In the comments, I’ll take suggestions for what to write about the next day. If I don’t get any suggestions, I’ll write whatever happens to strike my fancy; this could be dangerous, as I said that I think the plan I created is what helped me to stay on track for my daily posts. So, do help me out by suggesting topics!
On Saturday, I’ll do an all day AMAA in a blog post; the “almost” is in there because I can’t talk too much in depth about Camelot Unchained. So, think of your other questions and get ready to ask them on Saturday.
Also, leave a comment saying what you think so far, and to make sure comments are properly working again. Email me if things do not work, including the text of your comment, please!