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Daily Post Curmudgeon January 2, 2011

Posted by aquillam in writing.
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I am not participating in the daily post challenge.  Not even the weekly post.

It is not because I don’t believe in the aphorism “to write more, write more” because that is quite true.  The more often I spend time writing, the more writing I tend to do. And reading. Writing always makes me read more, usually whatever I’m writing about.  There’s a Billy Collins poem about how reading poetry makes him want to write poetry, which makes him want to read poetry, which makes him… so I know I’m not the only one.

Nor is it because I don’t have the time.  In truth, I write enough to post once a week.  I might even have enough to post daily. And I’m not a complete hack.  Yeah, I can’t resist the occasional bad haiku, and sometimes there’s a paragraph or two that I don’t proofread (or worse, I do proofread, but I can’t see that I’ve written something backwards.)

No, my problem is the premise: to post for the sake of posting.  It is one thing to write every day. I do that, and I have the scraps of paper everywhere to prove it. However, it is something else to post something for the sake of posting something, to make your writing public and ask all your friends and followers to read it and praise you for your ability to put words together. Even if it’s well written, a hundred other people have a post on the same topic.  How original is that? There’s a reason most of my writing is still on paper scraps.

I have better things to do with my limited free time than to write (or read) a post that has been posted for the sole purpose of being able to say “300 days in a row! I’m awesome!”

I’m sure you do to.

Challenge for 2011: Want to blog more often? — Blog — WordPress.com.

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