This month is the sixth anniversary of blogging for me. It also means that we have been living in Philadelphia these past six years, for, originally, I used my blog to help the transition from New York to Pennsylvania, one job to another, old friends to new ones, and our Buffalo house to our new Philadelphia home.
So, not only is it 2011 – ahead is a new blogging year as well. I have been thinking about how blogging has changed since I started six years ago. I had more readers then, and my posts were a lot longer than they are now. And, talking of focus, I seemed focused on self-alteration, or at the very least, trying to understand my Self more and more through writing publicly about that.
In August this year, I have signed up for, and plan to participate in a workshop with Natalie Goldberg in Taos, New Mexico. My hope is to figure out a way to to write a memoir – find a focus, and tell my life story. My brain constantly shoots out thoughts, ideas and angles of my life, but I feel overwhelmed with information and memories to choose from. I like the idea of a silent retreat and daily writing exercises, and am hoping Goldberg's expertise will guide me to my memoir path.
I asked Santa for journals on my Christmas list, and indeed received a few of those [Thanks, S., J., & T.]. Natalie Goldberg requires us to hand-write our pieces. Those I will certainly do. For I try to be a good student! However, I have been thinking that this year I will also use my blog for writing exercises. No doubt about it, blogging has been invaluable in exercising and improving my writing skills these past six years. As I type away, I consider the readers out there, and at times even receive comments from the few remaining visitors to my posts.
Today, I hail the sixth anniversary, and tilt my blog slightly in a different direction, with a slightly changed focus: writing skills.
However, understanding my Self through writing will most certainly still be included. For most of the writing exercises Natalie Goldberg suggests, come from places deep within our emotional memory banks.