Being extremely busy lately has meant I haven’t spent much time on anything at all, which for me is a really unhealthy behaviour I need to change. Not writing kills my soul. So I need to find a way to keep my pen to paper, even if I’m too busy to produce anything polished enough that I want to publish it online.
Relatedly, I’ve recently been mulling over a point of curiosity that I think I might like to explore: if I couldn’t use blogging and social media to get feedback and exposure on my thoughts and ideas, but instead vented all my feelings and recorded my musings privately, how would it change the way I write about the topics that grab my attention?
I would probably be writing about all the same things that fire me up now: reproductive rights, social justice, discrimination, fairness, and children’s rights (among other topics). But I would be able to write and think about them in a different, more personal way because I would not be writing for an audience or assuming an online persona. Or would I? And if I would, how would it alter my perspective in ways that might be valuable or interesting?
So my plan is to spend some time – at least five weeks, I figure – journalling about the things that I would normally remark upon in my blog or Twitter feed. At least once a week, I’ll report back and let you know what I’ve observed. It’s not exactly scientific, but hopefully it will be an interesting experiment.
And it’s something I’m interested to learn about myself as a writer. As a person.