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WRITING ABOUT WRITING AND WHY I WRITE
Only 6 days in and I've run out of things to write about. No, that's not true...more that I've run out of ideas for things to write about. It's a temporary problem that comes in waves: blogger's block. I've been writing this blog since August 2003; that's over 10 years of journal entries, memories, photos, anecdotes, inanities, bulletpoint lists, opinions, thoughts and random observations.

In fact, a quick peek at my LJ stats tells me that I have written 2213 journal entries since August 6, 2003. That's an average of 221.3 journal entries a year! An average of 18.44 posts a month! And considering that there are 30-ish days in a month, that's works out to every other day and then some. Not counting months like this when I post every day...or years like the last one where I was a total slacker. But let's not talk about that! Back to me and my awesome nearly every day posting AWESOMENESS.

I've posted 1184 photos here on LJ, and at least several hundred via Instagram in the last 12 months. I've made 35,127 response to comments on my blog and others on Livejournal...the mind boggles contemplating how high that number would be if the stats could count the ACTUAL amount of comments including other non-LJ blogs. And I've received 34,020 comments from my readers. I wonder if that number includes all the stupid spam comments I get, though they've tapered down again. 34,020 comments from YOU GUYS. Feeling very Sally Field just now.

I've published 9.5 years worth of journal entries into book form, plus one best-of compilation for the first 3.5 years. That growing row of Findus-green books on the shelf is one of the things that keeps me motivated to write. There are lots of things that keep me motivated to write, not least that 34,020 number up there. YOU are one of the biggest reasons. My own brand of writer's OCD. The chance to vent, the chance to explain, the chance to show-off, joke around, record things for posterity, the chance to tell my story. At least most of it.

There are still things that I don't talk about here, things that I may never talk about here, though the incentive to tell my WHOLE story someday makes me pause sometimes and reconsider. Not ready for that yet, though, and it's not who I am. It keeps me mysterious! Never think you know EVERYTHING about me. You don't. Not even close. But if you keep reading along, and commenting, and being a part of my story, someday you just might. You never know.
 geeky
mood: geeky
music: Yuna—Lovely Intermission


Comments
(Anonymous)

It's been a joy and privilege to follow you all these years Liz!

-Heather

gee thanks!

From Megsie

I for one and so happy you write!! Yippee!

Re: From Megsie

The feeling is mutual! :)

I started in August 2003 as well. I fell off the wagon when I went back to teaching. So many things you can't write about, especially if you're struggling!
I do love having the more detailed entries to look back on! And like you I always try to keep it positive and repeatable! :-)

It's a good formula for blogging, for sure :)

"Only 6 days in and I've run out of things to write about."

HAHAHA, I don't believe you, Liz. It just seems that way. Oops, I better go back and read the rest of the entry, but I couldn't wait to comment on this part.
Also, if you really feel that way, read or LISTEN (on cd) to Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend From Far Away./a>

K, I'll go read and comment again.

I shall check it out forthwith!

"Back to me and my awesome nearly every day posting AWESOMENESS."

YES! Yay you, Liz!

I wish I lived down the street so you could hold my hand and help me print up my pale (in comparison to you) compilation of LJ entries. DO the comments get included?

But back to you Liz. I am so glad you are doing this November thing again this year. I have missed you and your unique view of the world, your lovely descriptive words, and your "chance to vent, the chance to explain, the chance to show-off, joke around, record things for posterity, the chance to tell my story."

Edited at 2013-11-07 03:36 pm (UTC)

Hee! I wish you lived down the street too. In fact, there are whole PILE of people that I wish lived on our street! How fun would that be???!

34K comments! That's stupendous! (And well deserved. :-))

Seeing a Liz post always brightens my day -- I know it will be filled with keen observations of the world and food (nom!) for thought.

Keen observations and food for thought! I feel challenged!

(Anonymous)

You're up to it- and besides- I think you like challenges! Love, Lizardmom

I could have sworn you had been blogging longer when I came here in 2005. I'm so glad you're still here!

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