Writer first, blogger second.
A fourth grade teacher noticed the creative writing ability.
A high school history teacher noticed the essay writing and gathering research to turn into a term paper ability.
Many noticed the blogging ability.
Diabetes blogging entails creative writing; it entails essay writing; it entails gathering research and writing about it.
What do you do when you think you have blogged all you can about a subject? Do you rehash everything over and over like a broken record, or do you step away for awhile?
Do you do flashback blog posts, reaching back in the archives until something fresh enters your mind? Or do you allow guest bloggers to take over while you find your voice again, even as you feel your blog is your own space, people come to read your message?
Do you begin to write about other subjects near and dear to your heart, as raw and emotional as they may be?
Do you remember why you started blogging in the first place, that people first noticed your writing ability long before the words “blog” or even “internet” were household names and you turned your passion for writing into blogging for a good cause?
And then do you step away to refresh and enhance those creative writing skills, those essay writing skills, those research gathering skills elsewhere? Do you consider participating in blogging conferences, or writing-focused workshops?
Just one more question. You may have found a little fame and reward for the blogging, but are you ever going to sit down and write the Great American Novel?
(This is an entry for the next Living Out Loud, with this month’s topic being “On Writing”.)