Daily Archives: October 29, 2021

Unstructuring

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I’ve been reading over old journal entries. Really old. Entries from back when this blog was actually a LiveJournal. I used to get so much done! Okay, that may be truth, but it’s mostly illusion. I used to get different things done. I did more housework. I wrote more fiction. (Probably.)

I might spend more time on social media these days, but I used to spend *a lot* of time on LiveJournal. Same goes for online gaming. I can lose a day to Minecraft or EverQuest2, but the same went for Arrant Destiny back in the day.

I used to watch less TV. I’d have some morning television on, then a movie or a show around dinner time. Now, with two monitors and huge library of streaming content, I can have something running all day.

I used to read less. In the early days of living in Arizona post-college, I was reading 30-ish books a year. I read about 50 a year now. That’s partly due to readathons and reading challenges. My reading is so very structured sometimes. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading events, but sometimes I’m really just using them to have something to blog about.

And I didn’t used to “blog.” I wrote on LiveJournal (sometimes 3–4 times a day), but LiveJournal was a journal. It didn’t have structure. I wasn’t worried about Monday Miscellanea, Cinema Saturday, or getting a book review up each week. I started doing those things because, well, that’s what bloggers did. The first piece of advice you hear about running a “successful” blog is to have a schedule. Is my “blog” more popular than my LiveJournal was? Eh, probably a little, but I’ve never really cared about growing audience. The big thing is, though, blogging with structure takes time and effort. Instead of just writing about something I “plan the post,” and I wonder, since I’m not very audience focused, if my time could be better used elseways.

So, as I approach NaNoWriMo this year, I’m going to try to leave some structure by the wayside. Read more of what I feel like, when I feel like. Write here when I have something to go on about. And maybe that means I don’t post as much. Or maybe it means I’ll post more.

[Edit: I also wasn’t the web/social media person for VOTS back then . . .]