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Jan 09, 2019 01:45:49

An Abandoned Blog with an Active Writer ?

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 332 words | 🐣 | 424💌


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If you were to come across my blog, you would quickly categorize it under one of the countless that have been abandoned by its writer. Usually when a person stops blogging, it’s because they’ve stopped writing altogether. In my case it’s been a different story. In fact, I’ve been writing more since neglecting it. 

My blog was supposed to make me write more and act as a collection of my work. Yet this second presentational factor drove me to obsess over writing only evergreen pieces: highly valuable posts that retain their value with passing time. I was scared to post anything that might be seen as pointless in a couple years, or even on the day published. My expectations were too high, and I ended up hardly writing. But if I haven’t been blogging and I’m not an author with a book deal, where have I been writing?

Have I been working on my own book in private? The opposite actually.

I’ve been running a tiny email list awhile now  It began around the same time as the blog, but I’ve kept with it. My reason for abandoning the blog and focusing on email was the creative process of writing emails. Blogging set expectations too high while emails let me set them low. When sending out an email I was less concerned about not only the details like typos and grammar, but the essentials, like how good is this actually? Will this affect anyone? An email can be in semi-development. They act more as parts of an ongoing conversation rather than a piece of work set in stone. For an aspirational storyteller who has struggled to write consistently, this was the killer feature.

But the human mind never remains complacent. Once it achieves one goal — in this case to write consistently — it seeks another. And thus I’ve been eyeing that neglected blog yet again. In the future, I’ll write about my plans for writing, which involves that blog, going forward.
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    @abrahamKim 100% with you on that. Same goes for other platforms social media platforms like tweeting.

    Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 09, 2019 02:59:08
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      The only thing I don't like about tweeting is that the character limit usually leads to more reductive writing and thus also reductive thinking rather than to expansive and developing new ideas.

      One thing I noticed with new accounts on this site are:

      1. start with a self deprecating-rant
      2. write about why they are self-deprecating themselves
      3. start to become more positive.

      I've reduced the above trend haha, but I don't associate most social media platforms with having such arcs. When I think of social media users, I don't see character development, I mostly see the person remaining the same.

      What do you think?

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 09, 2019 05:01:34
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      @abrahamKim guilty of this "start with a self deprecating-rant." You have to start somewhere ??‍♀️

      I have to disagree with not seeing character development on social media platforms. If the person is remaining the same, then they are not sharing their learnings, don't want to be public about it or they are stuck in a loop that is not allowing them to learn.

      (I am associating character development with careers and personal life as well)

      We tend to see more arcs from people who share more on online.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 09, 2019 05:14:55
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      I am guilty of not having a fully immersed view of social media. So I guess from my perspective, I see standard social media (twitter, fb, ig) as places where people go not to challenge the notions they already hold but to simply affirm the ones they already have.

      I do agree that they will develop as characters, but that is not because of the platform but rather because of their outside life and time.

      Reason I like 200WAD is I can see just from their posts, their words, that they are developing because of the words. Whereas I have never seen twitter or facebook develop ppl.. if anything I feel like it inflames them or makes them feel more self conscious!

      Anyways. I am very idealistic against social media haha so it is a very biased opinion.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 09, 2019 05:36:32
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    @abrahamKim I started a blog back in 2010 for the exact same reason and abandoned it for much the same reasons as you! I find this platform much more motivating - the gamification is a stroke of genius and I think we all have the same goal in mind - just f**king write - and it is deliberately friendly to those who may not possess the flowery prose of others. So there's less pressure to create something "newsworthy" and more incentive to just get something down on "paper", quality or not.

    Sam Lloyd avatar Sam Lloyd | Jan 09, 2019 02:18:46
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      I love 200WAD for this. It has really made it, at least for myself, easier to write everyday. And it's not like I'm only writing on here. Once I write here, I'm writing offline and for my email.

      Before 200WAD, I was writing to my email list only like 1-2 times a week. But now it's like 3-4 times and much higher quality, because the roll I get on from writing ~200 words on this website adds so much momentum to my writing flow.

      There's a reason I haven't mentioned this website in this post. If you read my future post about how I want to write not only emails but go back to my blog, you'll see the role that 200WAD in my writing workflow presently and hopefully in the future.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 09, 2019 04:50:34
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