My husband doesn’t ‘get’ blogging
‘Who has time to read other people’s streams of consciousness?’ he’ll snort.
Well, these days I do. And I write a stream of consciousness myself. Oh, I know it should be more than that, and I know most blogs are more wonderful, funny and informative, than mine. But the thing with streams of consciousness-es is that they show us that, across the world, underneath it all, we all have the same basic irritations, anxieties, and joys in life.
For instance, the great blog that I read by Nathan Badley ‘Dear man in front of me at the gas station’ certainly rang bells (read Nathan’s Blog).
I’m very new to blogging, and new to reading them too, and I’ve been delighted to find so many like-minded people, spending often what little spare time they have, telling me about their lives. It’s also a delight to read pieces with an oblique slant on things, blogs that make me think. I’ve seen some funny ones written, and sometimes, drawn, by talented and interesting individuals. I found recipes and advice, and critiques on books I have yet to read. The blogging world has been a revelation to me.
And what of my own efforts? Well, I intended to use this blog as merely a tool to encourage me to write most days, and it’s working. The discipline of thinking up a topic and title is forcing me to expand my thoughts (not far…yet!). You see, having had a tough time at work for the last year or so, my thoughts have dwelt obsessively and depressingly there. My mind was shackled to the office, my previously soaring imagination suppressed and unused. However, despite it taking a little time, gradually the grey dullness is receding and being replaced by the rainbow. I find myself making up verses randomly, as I had done in the past, and potential stories are seen in everyday situations. People walking along the street are potential characters – murderers?? My writing is beginning to flow again.
So I apologise for the stream of consciousness, the ramblings, and any rantings which may well follow, but it really is helping me reboot!