When I first launched my blog almost four years ago, I was careful with my writing. I wanted to be sure the grammar was correct; I kept the format formal; and I followed the AP Stylebook. I wrote a piece over several days; I proofed it and re-wrote it and proofed some more; I asked friends to proof it.
The whole process was exhausting and took a long while to finish one post. This is not the point of a blog.
Well, after a bit, I got wiser to this blog writing gig, and I stopped caring about the formalities and the AP rules. I started to just write.
I began to write how it sounded in my head. The stops and starts and breaks and thought processes. Sometimes it rambles on like a country road through the hill country going up and down and all around; other times it's a straight line from here to there; never branching off; other times it bobs off here and there and circles back and creates a unique pattern; and still other times it forms the pieces of a puzzle.
There is no particular format; no rhyme or reason, necessarily. That is the beauty of blog writing; it's not like writing a paper to hand in for class or for publication in a magazine; it's personal and comfy and relatable and should feel that way to the reader.
Often, depending on the subject matter and my mood at the time of writing and the type of piece, my posts do not mimic each other in style and presentation. My pieces do have a few things in common though. I use semi-colons a lot. I also employ the handy ellipsis while expressing my thoughts. I almost always count in threes; as in, 3 descriptive words, explanations or examples. See what I did just now? But it's true; just check for yourself.
Additionally, I frequently start sentences with "But" and "And" just because that is how it sounds in my mind. The sentence is not a part of the last sentence written and the thought warrants being its own sentence and needs to start off with one of these words. So, I do it.
There are often typing errors not caught by my quick read through before publication. Sometimes my husband catches them the first time he reads it; sometimes neither of us do and there those mistakes remain for reader after reader.
I am more concerned with the ideas and emotions and words reaching the readers. Most readers do not concern themselves with dissecting a sentence and checking for grammatical correctness. Most readers come here to feel and know and wonder.
I rarely read other blogs because I do not want to be influenced by another's style or word choice or material. I am influenced by my favorite authors and books and their grammatical style and word patterns, but mostly my writing style comes from my own experiences and thoughts deep down inside me and the voice that resonates from my heart.
I do attempt to adhere to basic grammar rules and try to never publish posts with misspelled words; it still happens on occasion though. I am not a newspaper or a magazine or a big blog conglomerate with a staff of editors on hand.
Still, sometimes I imagine Mrs. Holland, a favorite teacher who taught me English and Latin in high school, or Mr. Smith, my favorite college professor from the English Department who was the reason my minor in English turned into a double major, reading these posts and cringing. But I also like to think they would be proud of me and understand my writing and just go along with the… and the symmetry or dissymmetry, whichever seems relevant at the time, and the flow and beauty of the language. And I would hope they could see their influences on my writing, my spirit and my aim.
As for the photo; well, it's not perfect with peeling paint on the sill and not quite symmetrically framed, but I find it beautiful with the amazing frost patterns and gentle reflections of the fence and the snow and the garden bench. Beauty is always in the perspective. Over and out…