Dance, Monkey, Dance!
I heard my son talking to my husband in the kitchen the other day. Out of the blue he said, "Daddy, say something funny!" I understand why he said this, my husband is one of the funniest people I know. He's a complete jokester and makes us all laugh all the time, but at that moment, when the command was given, he was at a total loss. After a several second pause he made a face and said something like, "Boogety boogety boo!" This sent my son into peals of laughter. It did the trick, but was definitely not up to par with his usual jokes and humor.
This story illustrates how I feel about my blog. I love to communicate with all of you. Sometimes I actually feel like I have something to say. Sometimes I even think it might be entertaining. But when I sit down to actually write it, the blinking cursor stares back at me and says, "Dance, monkey, dance." "Be witty!" "Be insightful." "Be brilliant." "No pressure, but your future writing career depends on the success of your blog." I know somewhere in the recesses of my mind that's not entirely true, but sometimes it feels that way.
Like my husband telling jokes because he's a funny guy, the blog should be a natural extension of who I am. I am a writer. I love writing. Blog posts are written...maybe it's just that they're about my life. I love writing fiction, not creative non-fiction.
In the end, when I blog, I just strive to be me. If there is something I find entertaining, even if it's pure silliness, (which, if you read my blog, you know it often is) I share it. If there's something touching or serious, I share that too (sometimes). If there's something insightful, especially as it relates to writing, I generally figure somebody else has already written a great post on it, (ahem, Natalie) and I don't bother.
I guess I just need to lose my inhibitions, come what may, so all you awesome bloggers (yes, I'm talking to you), tell me, what is your personal blog philosophy.