Changing writing habits

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 11:24 AM | comments: 0

I've noticed that my writing habits have changed pretty dramatically in the last year. Most obvious to me is the frequency, which has decreased quite a bit. The frequency is driven by two other factors, which are new to me.

The first is the issue of privacy. I'm choosing to share less via my blog. I'm not sure exactly why. I'm generally a pretty open person. I don't really enjoy secrets, perhaps because there's a part of me that feels like omission is a more polite form of lying. I'm not saying I don't have secrets, but for the most part life seems to go pretty well without them. I'm just feeling that some details of my life don't need to be a part of the public domain.

The other issue is that I find myself writing with a different purpose. Now I think about the audience. I don't think the public at large cares that much about the mundane details of my life, something I've spent a great deal of time writing about. As such, I'm more likely these days to share those mundane details on Facebook and not blog about them. This is clearly a double-edged sword. On one hand, it keeps my writing more focused, but on the other hand, some would argue that the things I consider mundane are actually really interesting to read about, for purposes of empathy, at the very least.

I still have the urge to compile this stuff into something useful. Maybe it would work. Maybe not. Another thing to do in my limited spare time.


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