Quite the reverse in fact.
Blogging for me is very much a seat of the pants affair. Most of the time when I sit my self down at the computer I never really know what sort of post I may or may not come up with.
Occasionally I will formulate the bare bones of an idea whilst walking home from work, listening to the radio, sitting in the bath, feeding the children. Sometimes a flick through my favourite source sites will provide something of interest.
But there is never really a post, mentally fully formed waiting to be typed up.
And in truth it’s a bit of a struggle sometimes. Many a cup of tea has cooled down or a beer warmed up whilst waiting for an obvious way of traversing from a to b or for a hook line or peroration to become apparent.
I have quite a few saved drafts of posts that I started but couldn’t quite complete. You know when it’s really not going to work when you're about 20 minutes in and decide to go visiting on the self deluding promise that you will complete and publish later. It just never seems to happen.
And yet it seems that all of my favourite reads (many to be found in the links) seem to be able to effortlessly produce posts of interest and consistent quality. And it makes you wonder how the hell they do it. And not a little jealous if I'm honest.
I’d love to know.
It does also make you wonder how others view what you produce. A few days ago Womble on Tour (having picked up on my tag for him to undertake the ‘seven good thing’s meme) said over at his place that he was ‘seriously honoured’ (to be tagged by me) ’ because Grendel is a serious blogger. I haven’t been in these elevated circles before’.
I replied in the comments that he was doing me far too much honour with his kind words. Really, if these are elevated circles I wonder how the basest levels of blogging read to their visitors. I also thought that if WOT and indeed anyone else could see the slipshod way in which the ‘Mere’ is operated then the kind comments wouldn’t be forthcoming or could hardly be justified.
And why the unusual introspection? Well like most forms of irrational self interrogation it’s to do with birthdays. Not my recent RL one but rather the fact that in a couple of weeks this humble site will have been in operation for a year. More of that anon.
But I would be genuinely interested to know how other members of the bloggerati go about plying their trade. It’s got to be an improvement on my current methods and would make the project potentially more sustainable than it is now.