Today I got through the toughest chapters in the first section of the historical novel I'm writing. I've put so much thought and effort and time into these chapters that I haven't felt very inspired to write here.
If I'm going to take the time to write here, I'd like it to be heartfelt or meaningful or useful because those are the kinds of posts I like to read.
Against my better judgment and at the risk of hurting peoples' feelings, I have to say I'm not seeing a lot of those kinds of posts floating around out there. Maybe I'm skimming too much or not reading the right posts on the right days and am missing fabulous posts that would stick with me all day.
Everyone's posts are well-written and all that, but not much stands out as different or risky or nakedly honest. Most everyone - with a few exceptions and you know who you are - seems protected and safe in their posts, which makes me want to protect myself as well and not be as open. I realize many people post in an entertainment-style way, which is fine. For the rest of us, if we're not going to go to a risky place or simply a place that matters when we write, why bother?
Is it just me?
I'm not trying to be critical, I just noticed something has radically changed since I started blogging. Is the recent trend in blogging to write safe posts? As more and more of us get published, does that impact the content of our blog posts - maybe in an effort not to be so personal or to avoid offending potential readers?
If you have recently read or written a heartfelt or meaningful or useful post, please share in the comments. I'd love to read it. If not, could you please write one? I'm going to write one or two or a dozen over the next few weeks, and don't want to be standing here completely naked all by myself.