Existential blogging

Joe’s Post #89

blogging-1Does blogging count as writing?

I was thinking about this as I stood in a lineup as rain began to fall.

The simple answer is, of course, yes. It is, after all, writing words on a page or computer screen or iphone or whatever.  But is it just vanity writing? One step up from a journal? Or a diary?

Dear Diary, the world was mean to me today and that girl that I like, well she didn’t talk to me all day. (Actually, that sounds more twittery than bloggie.)

But you get my point, right?

So, as the rain trickled down my back and into my underwear, I thought more on this. It’s what I do when my underwear starts to get wet.

For me, blogging is the purist form of writing. I love to write fiction, for sure, but it’s so easy for me to write observational narrative. Like sitting across from you and telling you a story. The story of Joe.

I love doing it. The words, the ideas, the observations all flow freely from my brain. There’s not a lot of working on plot or character or anything. It’s pure me.

So does it matter if it’s not ‘writing’? No. At least not for me.

the world around usIf I could make a living by blogging, I would – and count myself happy. As much as I love to write stories about my characters, I love writing about the world around me more. The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. The small things. The thing we sometimes miss. Like two little kids holding hands.

To almost quote someone famous – “I blog therefore I am.”

Now I need to go and dry out my underwear.


Note to Self: Do not google wet underwear ever again.

Days Until Game of Thrones Starts: 10 (April 6th!) OMG excited.

Days Until I Start My Next Novel in 5 Months: 11 (The Monday after GOT, I will start writing my next best seller.)

Blogs Written: 11

Blogs Waiting To Be Posted: 11 (Can’t post them yet.)

Queries out this week: 0

Rejections for the last week: 0 (good news or bad news?)

Queries Still Out there: 5

Hope Meter: 40/100.  Staying steady.

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About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.

5 thoughts on “Existential blogging

  1. Ah, dearest Joe, – I so love my weekly glimpse at your ‘hope meter’.

    So happy we’re staying steady. I wish I could say that I love blogging as much as stories, but much as I enjoy the freedom of ‘stream of consciousness’ blogging, I must admit that it is fiction, particularly crime and mystery fiction, that is my true love.

    But now, I feel like I do not have time to be faithful to my true love, so am in some version of ‘speed dating’ or ‘throwing darts’ – with so much going on in all my worlds that for now, blogging and writing non-fiction and marketing pieces etc. etc. etc. – I truly feel I do not have sufficient time to devote to my true love, and that makes me a bit sad.

    Want to know a secret?

    I don’t know about you, but I want to write a novel again.

    In just 5 months!

    I know we can do it… since we stopped, none of us have done much else. Unless the other 5writers are holding out on us, and very good at keeping secrets.

    What do you think?

  2. Gee, I sure hope blogging counts as writing, otherwise the literary fraud squad that pursues prevaricators who claim to be writers but don’t actually write anything will be after me for being an imposter over the past couple of months. Please, all you people reading this, just keep it a secret for me, okay? I love blogging too. For me it’s a conversation (with the extra bonus that no one interrupts, at least not in real time). I’ve also learned a lot about writing (and about myself as a writer) writing the last 70-or-so posts and reading the insights of my 5writer buddies. I think if we went back and read this blog from the beginning, we’d see a plot in there … Or several.

  3. Does this introvert dare raise a contrary view? But ever since I began blogging, which agents and editors say we must do if we’re serious about becoming published authors, my fiction writing has suffered. And if I don’t produce the works that I’ve blogged about, how long will it be before people stop reading my blog because I haven’t published anything? And have I hastened that day by bringing this to people’s attention?

    Best to get back to my manuscripts this evening!

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