Not that many in the world noticed, but I took the last month off (29 days technically) from blogging and social media activities. I couldn’t cut the feed entirely, and I did manage almost four days in there without a computer at all, but for the most part I found myself needing to take some time away from the blah-blah of blogging and the twittering tweets and hunker down with school.
Every once in a while I would think of something to blog about, or stumble across something I thought would make a good tweet to share, but in the end I didn’t really feel the world would somehow be lessened by the absence of yet another piece of input.
I also began to consider this blog, its origins and purpose, and how I’ve sort of failed it. This was to be the place where I recorded my journey as a student of creative writing, my MFA path in detail. But it was also a catch-all blog for my daily life and musings, and along the way the idea of doing and writing about doing seemed like a redundancy.
I began to look forward, to where I’ll be as of January 20th, 2010, a newly minted graduate with an MFA in creative writing, and toward the prospects of transitioning from a student to an author. Questions about how I present myself to the outside world through my internet presence made themselves known. What sort of image do I want to present? Is this the place to do it? Do I need to start fresh with a new blog home?
And what of the other other blog, the review blog, whose third anniversary came and went without my realizing it back in October? As I survey the kidlit blogosphere I wonder if that world isn’t a bit of a closed circuit full of concerned and specialized readers – myself included – who aren’t unlike a room full of conventioneers who are convinced their conversations and deliberations are the stuff of genius: if only the outside world would listen! It isn’t that I feel blogging has no point or purpose (or audience) but that my efforts to perform at a certain level are diluting my time and efforts. Or, more simply, I feel like my reviews are like epic tales in a short attention span world.
I feel like it is time to rethink what I am doing, maybe put together a loose plan for the future. This is the soft relaunch, the slow shift toward the next phase. In the same way that I couldn’t foresee this point in my life two years ago, I’m not quite sure where everything is headed.
But it’s a start.