When is a blog not a blog?

I’m not really sure why I gave this post that title, but I needed to call it something and that seemed as good as any. I think a blog might not be a blog when the writer either doesn’t actually write anything – is, in fact, blogless! – or they write something but it’s not really about anything. Does that description even make sense?

I think I fall between two stools. After my last post, I was so uplifted and encouraged by all the wonderful comments that I promised myself I would write something else very soon. And there are lots of things I’d like to write about, but … somehow … I haven’t.

So, this is something of a holding post. I don’t want everyone to forget me. I want to write. The blog is only writing in a small way compared with the novels and short stories I used to do, but it is, at least, some form of writing.

The snail on the skateboard is an image I’ve used before, and I like the idea, but I don’t think it’s entirely accurate. I’m definitely snail-like in terms of slowness these days. The trouble is there’s no skateboard under me to speed me along. Clearly I need to search for my equivalent of a skateboard, and NO, it won’t be an electric scooter!

I think I’ve managed to illustrate when a blog is not a blog! I’ve written something but it certainly doesn’t conform to this definition: A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a writer or even a group of writers share their views on an individual subject. Forgive me if you’ve read to the end of this post thinking surely something more interesting, informative, entertaining is going happen soon. It hasn’t. But maybe next time.

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  1. Welcome back Lindsay. Just take it one day at a time.

  2. Chrissie says:

    I think this is great. I have to admit sometimes I blog even when I don’t have much to say just to stay in the habit. And not always, but sometimes, those turn out being my best posts because something in my brain releases and the flow of words cascades out. Nice to see you continuing to write.

  3. Derek Taylor says:

    Good to read you, Lindsay. What is a blog? Well, blogging always sounds to me like euphemistic foul language, as in “Blogging Hell!” or “Oh,blogger it!” or “What a blogger that man is!” Note the obligatory exclamation marks. I’m not suggesting you use your blog for making explosive attacks on Brexit, or complaining in shocking terms about hail storms in April. But I do think that your blogs, Lindsay, always have a bit of a provocative thread running through them. And quite right too. So keep on blogging-well blogging and make the bloggers out there sit up!!!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Good to hear from you, Caroline. Hope all’s well on the poetry front.
    Thanks for your comment, Derek. I would like to think there’s a thread of SOMETHING in my posts, and I’m happy with provocation! Obviously had to add the exclamation mark.

  5. Polly says:

    So lovely to see you writing ‘I want to write’ – yay! 🙂

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