In years past, WordPress has provided a neat little summary of the past year’s writing accomplishments on my blog. I didn’t receive one this year. Whether that’s because it’s no longer their practice or because my level of writing activity dipped below their radar remains to be seen. I did, however, receive this neat little notification the other day.
500 posts. That’s a lot of writing. In my six years (wo)manning this blog, I have written many posts. My aunt recently asked me which post or posts were my favorite(s). A few came to mind instantaneously, of course, but once I started digging through, I realized just how many there are –
which helps provide balance to the writer’s remorse that I haven’t done more lately.
Once upon a time, Tuesday and Thursday were sacred posting days, with Fridays as an occasional musing on craft (my weekend write-off). I’m still unpacking the irony that my writing on mental health paused or ceased when things got really crazy last spring and by the end of the summer/fall when I’d ceased my medication. It didn’t help that I had another small human pulling at my pant leg. I’ve also tried to reignite a dedicated writing regimen for my young adult fiction and personal memoir. Something’s gotta give, I suppose, in my anxiety-ridden, mom-of-four, only-24-hours-in-a-day world.
Still, when I didn’t receive the adorable fireworks animation comparing my readership to the size of small countries, the writer’s remorse kicked in big time. What were my dedicated readers doing whilst I whiled time away with laundry and survival? How were my fellow bloggers doing since I’d checked in last? While the schedule of blogging can be daunting, especially in the midst of daily overwhelm, the process of crafting and posting and interacting is therapeutic for my writing and mental muscles. I miss the community – and the potential that the blog has.
I have chopped lots of potatoes over the years. I’m going to keep chopping. Some days may produce uniform little cubes; others hackneyed hunks. But it’s good to be back – even in a smashed capacity.