Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A Little Less Conversation

As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m running out of things to blog about. Sure, I’m still encountering enough news and nonsense on a daily basis to choke all manners of bandwidth, I’m just having a tough. time. getting. focused. Thus, my dilemma: Do I let the posts slow to a crawl and blog only when truly inspired? Or do I crank out empty paragraph after empty paragraph dissecting the fact that I got nothing’ to say? Both approaches are fraught with peril and the very conundrum raises some disturbing questions... Why am I blogging in the first place? Will I blog forever? Who reads this crap, anyway? Wait - don‘t answer that last one. Just know that your lowly lenslinger is rather flummoxed of late, wondering where his muse went and why it took his mojo along for the ride.

After much consternation, I’ve decided not to litter my humble website with filler. I’m quite capable of manufacturing post after post saying nothing, but that just doesn’t seem right. I’d much rather stay on target and let the posts grow on natural occurrence. That way I’ll be able to point to my URL with pride, knowing it only boasts that which belongs there. In the meantime, bear with my lack of inspiration, won’t you? Before you know it, I’ll be cranking out the tripe at my normal clip - be it a dispatch from the littered alleyways of general news or breathless reports from my upcoming return to Hollywood for the American Idol finale. Either way, I got your back - for the eyeballs that scan my words are important to me and the last thing I want to do is lose their gaze.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a news unit windshield to stare holes through...

6 comments:

ed cone said...

Don't force it.

RSS means we'll see your posts when they appear.

In my experience, recognizing the need to step back and let it come to you is usually followed in short order by good ideas and good posts.

Jorge_Guapo said...

Don't sweat it 'Slinger.
My recent drop of in posts stems from the same issue.
When you have something to say...say it. We'll keep checking in, in the meantime.

TheShu said...

I say we have a beer on the porch and discuss it. :)

Lensmith said...

Part of the writing process is hitting walls like you're encountering now. It's normal. It's also what forces you to investigate other areas with your writing that might have been ignored before.

It's what makes you a better writer in the long run. Not a formula.

You enjoy a well deserved reputation Lenslinger. Your honesty mixed with creative literacy, with a twist of cynical irony, is what puts you head and shoulders above others.

"Others" in a very generic "all blogs" statement and not directed at any specific other blog what so ever.

I feel stupid adding that last line but I've learned I have to be exceedingly clear when I make some statements. (smile)

You're worth the wait Stewart.

sapphoto said...

I've generally decided that I don't have a pletora of things to write aobut. Usually 1 or 2 items a week. It's a good thing I don't feel more prolific or I'd be frustrated.

Moving to the morning shift and getting a full time reporter has really cut down on the blogging time. Oh yeah that, a wife, and three kids that keep me busy from home time to bed time. I did feel bad for a while but heck I haven't even really been able to read my favorite blogs.

I think you should just let them come to you and flow onto your keyboard when they do. I've read about so many bloggers who give it up. Some of them good writers but I think they felt they HAD to produce. I like a prolific Lenslinger, but I like the well thought out, insightful, and silver prosed Lenslinger better.

And if anyone complains... It's your blog. Do what you want.

Plain Jane said...

I read!