Monday Morning Blogging in the Happy Chair
Monday morning! It’s back to the writing life in my Happy Chair, with the front door open and loads of daylight in the room. It hasn’t happened often enough during the endless slog of unreasonably hot humid weather this summer: a morning temperate enough to open the east-facing front door and simply enjoy the sunshine streaming into the dining room while I write. I sit at the table in one of the four hard chairs, the one that lets me look directly out the door and by unplanned coincidence have a view of the street romantically framed by part of the covered porch and the front garden. In fact I’ve just now deleted a rambling description of said porch and garden, complete with the above view of the dove on a garden rock, because it was veering completely off the topic of writing.
(Writerly note: there’s a big clock on the wall to keep me on task for two two-hour writing stints. Chair, table, laptop, coffee. Okay, I’ve just added a cushion to the chair because my butt was frickin killing me.)
This writing stuff is a love-hate relationship but the love is stronger than the hate as long as I am writing about what I care about. I am in awe of people who can write with complete detachment or who can set up a formula for topic, structure, title or headline, and crank out the content day after day–and still sound like they care. A lot of them make a living doing this, and personally I think they deserve every penny they get, because I wouldn’t have the self-discipline to do that if my life depended on it. Or, rather, my brain wouldn’t have the self-discipline. I’ve been known to work and work and work with great stamina, but when confronted with day-in day-out formulaic content writing, my brain rebels like crazy.
But I have to write. I mean, I am compelled to write, whether I earn money at it or not, whether anyone reads it or not. One of the things which pleases me is the extent to which I stay at least loosely on topic in this blog, but perhaps that is because the blog’s topic is broad enough to contain my ping-pong brain, and is more personal than commercial in nature. Unlike a lot of writers on the topics of minimalism and uncluttering, I rarely write how-to posts, or list posts, but that is by choice, as opposed to lack of focus. It is a detrimental choice on one hand, because it is not likely to snag the quick-fix readership and build my traffic numbers, but on the other hand the readers I do get are keepers.
There have been quite a few posts in the recent blogosphere about whether minimalism is a fad, if there are too many writers trying to cash in on it, and if it is a topic which is quickly exhausting itself. To be honest, I do not know. I only know that I am actually on this path, that it has deeply impacted how I look at life, the universe, and everything, and that I write from that impacted point of view. Thus I write what I care about and no formula is needed.
So I ask you this: do you follow a formula for your writing? Do you get exasperated with the kind of posts I write? Do you think the topic of minimalism is getting burned out? Post your comment, I would love to know what you think.