I have spent some time this week looking back at articles on this blog. With so many published now, it is easy to forget some of them, especially the less personal or controversial ones. Do you ever decide to have a look through your bookshelves, revisiting old favourites, or remembering that some were placed there, half-finished? You might skim through a record or CD collection, occasionally playing a few tracks from one, or wondering why you ever bought another in the first place. Browsing the blog is a bit like that.
I confess that I have been embarrassed by how bad some posts are. Poor writing, erratic punctuation, and incredibly long sentences. Many of the earlier efforts were actually quite aggressive, or bombastic in tone. Yet still, I wouldn’t really change anything. It has all been a learning process, and the blog has developed the way it has without undue thought or contrivance on my part. The stories about my time in the Ambulance Service are rarely read these days. But examination proves, at least to me, that they are all valid, and their publication was worthwhile. My short film reviews, usually grouped in areas of nationality, still have occasional readers; and a quick perusal assures me that they are all still relevant.
My category of Holidays and Travel was popular, but I have neglected it greatly since the last post on the subject. I must set about rectifying that. I have a lot more songs and music selections to add to that section, but current problems with You Tube links have meant that this has had to be put on hold for the time being. My last attempt at fiction received mixed reviews from readers. However, there was enough positive feedback to make me consider developments in this area, though I expect this will be a project better suited to long winter months. My other blog has enjoyed a welcome increase in viewers and readers lately. I suspect that this is only a blip though, from some who have only just realised it was there. I actually think that the standard of the posts on that blog is higher than on this one. Perhaps that is because of the passion that lies beneath the writing, or the fact that I publish a lot less over there.
Trying to be critical of your own work is difficult. It is even harder trying to read your writing as if it was fresh and new to you. I would say that some of my articles are very good indeed. I have been pleased to write them, and would have been equally happy to have read them elsewhere. Feedback has been good, even flattering on occasion, making me realise that there is something to be said for blogging for others, as well as just for yourself. At the same time, certain posts appear clunky and lacking flow. I have to admit to over-describing things sometimes, and often going over familiar ground. This applies particularly to my posts about life in the countryside, and walking with Ollie. These are the most popular here, and always get the most views and comments. To me as the writer, I feel that they are too similar, and relate the same story, at different times of the year. But then that is the point I suppose. Familiarity and continuity is trending well in literature, films, and TV, hence the success of serialisations, sequels, and soap operas.
As I approach the previously unimagined figure of 500 posts, I am sure that I can only maintain and improve this blog, by looking back over things half-forgotten, and rarely read. I wonder if my fellow bloggers do anything similar? I would recommend that they do.