As I discussed in the first part of what may become an ongoing series, I enjoy a lot of different things. Over the past several years, this has turned into a number of different websites: Indian River by Air for a small online business. Rubbish Walks and Off the Ground for my anti-litter advocacy. And, my latest project, a range of greeting cards and gift tags that I am already looking forward to expanding. So one of the things I intended to do with miss-elaineous.com is bring every website I run together in one place.
Which I have done. However, on the main site you’ll notice a few greyed out circles, just waiting for me to bring them to life. These are related to writing, and this is one of the driving reasons behind developing the site in general and this blog in particular: to encourage myself to get back into the habit of writing.
I have written stories since I was a child, and it’s one of those activities that, when it’s going well, inspires an incredible feeling of flow. Yet for the last decade or so of my life, I have found myself down the blind alley of writing for academia. This is not like normal writing. In many cases, you are rewarded for conformity, not creativity. The voice of the author is often forced to neutrality, storytelling gives way to data analysis, and the spark of interest in a project is often killed by over editing.
So one of the reasons I wanted to kick off a new blog is so that I could rediscover my own voice, which has been tamped down after years of academic writing and, most recently, exposure to corporate speak. Over the past year, this voice has tasted freedom through my blog for Rubbish Walks, which has been an excellent exercise in harnessing my passion for a topic into bitesize bits (or not-so-bitesize in the case of my rubbish manifesto), but I am
looking forward to exploring other subjects in addition to litter.
I had forgotten the first, and perhaps only, rule of writing: a writer writes. So this blog is to help me do just that, in a format that offers accountability to an audience, even if that audience is just my mother (hi, mom!). Blogs also helps to prevent perfectionism by encouraging me to get things out there without excuses: after all, I can’t learn and improve unless I try in the first place.
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