Sometimes, when you do something for an extended period of time, like blogging for example, there is a tendency, however slight, for that something to go, well, stale.
So you find a way to shake up the staleness and bring back a little oomph, a little zip, a little sauciness to the blog. I'm not saying that my blog has gotten stale, but I have discovered quite a few things in these past 377 days (I arrived at this number by simply starting with the blog's born on date of 5/24/08 and factoring in the leap day) that can help me maintain my blog's freshness.
F'r instance, I found with my blog that people have a tendency to like, if not tolerate, my various attempts at writing short stories and flash fiction. So to help attract a few more readers (casual or otherwise) to this blog, I wrote both a short story specifically for this blog, called Saturday, and I created a new home for my attempts at flash fiction called Flashing Georgie's Shorts (major props to Jannie Funster for coming up with the blog name).
As far as I can tell, the short story I wrote for the blog was a decent success. The jury is still out on the other blog, but like it was with this one, it will take some time to build up a respectable readership (although I have three followers and one subscriber to it).
Another f'r instance was that if I wrote a post that was extremely heavy on the technical/academic side of things, I would make people's eyes glaze over and fall to sleep. A good case in point was the post that I wrote last week about microfilming. Believe me, my eyes glazed over too, while I was writing it. So probably I'll have to watch how I go about writing those particular types of posts in the future.
I did find something else that has, for the most part, worked out quite well for this blog, which considering the testosterone bent of this blog to begin with, is not surprising.
Sex is one of the few universal themes that everyone has an opinion on, either positively or negatively, when it comes to writing. As an example, let's turn back the calendar to early April, when I had written a story that went beyond what I was I writing at the time.
I had written a story called Audio Dynamyte and I was debating whether or not to post it here or at my other blog. So, like I'm want to do when it comes down to issues involving my blog, I posed the question to my readers, asking them what I should do with it.
For the most part, they gave me some rather thoughtful and quite insightful feedback on the issue, and when I did finally publish it, they also gave me some very good feedback on the story as well.
When all was said and done, I was able to take away from this particular experience the following things:
1} Don't let self-doubt creep into whatever you write.
2} Self-censorship sometimes is a necessary thing. If you go to my other blog, you'll see why.
3} Most importantly, sometimes letting the reader use their imagination is a hell of lot better than whacking them over the head with a sledgehammer.
These are just a few of the many things I've learned in the past 377 days of writing this blog. There are others I'm sure, and when I find the time to search the recesses of my mind and kick out those dust bunnies, I'll be sure to let everyone know.