I was going to write a special post for my 900th post on this blog. Apparently that was two weeks ago and today will be post 905. I don’t check out the stats on my blog very often. I just did a quick check and found I still have followers and about half the comments made here are mine.
There are times I wonder if I should keep doing this blog. Then I come to my senses and just keep writing. When asked why I write, my standard answer is, “I write because I have stories to tell.” For my 900th post I was thinking of telling a special story.
But I forgot to write it down and don’t remember what story that was, so naturally I started thinking about the stories of our lives. Even the most simple event can be the basis of a great story. The impact of the story is in the hands of teller.
As I age I find comfort and inspiration from the simple and ordinary acts around us. Wash the dishes and watch the garden as it bends in the wind and in your mind follow the wind as it blows your imagination to distant lands. The job of the writer is to take a story out of the wind and share it with others. The story can be real or imagined. It can be about great things or simple things. When the tale is told, the reader should be changed by the telling. Maybe in a just a small way – a smile, a tear …
In this blog I use the written word to share my stories. Sometimes in a poem or as prose. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes serious and once in a while a bit meaningful.
There are many ways to share a story other than writing. There’s the spoken word, a video, a picture, a stage play, a song, and on and on. Even graffiti on a bridge tells a story if you take the time to understand it.
Lately I’ve been giving some thought to possibly expanding how I tell stories. In the past I’ve done a little playing with video editing and have thought I might do more. I’ve also done a fair amount of public speaking in the past and have some skill. In these covid days, I can’t attend the open mic poetry readings I used to, but technology lets me record and post those.
Lately I’ve been feeling that it’s about time I took a chance with my creative work. The work I’ve done with this blog has been satisfying, but always there is artistic need to do something more, something different, something from a different angle …
So what is the future you might find here? I don’t know for sure. Maybe there will be videos, audio, more pictures or perhaps I’ll start planning my posts better. I’ll make some changes.
I know many of my followers have their own blogs and creative outlets – what changes have you been thinking about in your creative work?