Friday, 21 February 2014

To Be Or Not To Be

 I once had pretensions of being a professional writer. That is why I started this blog. To improve myself. To get into the habit of writing regularly and try to be better with each entry.

 Only those who have regularly read my column over the last three years can judge if I have been a success as I have no ability to do look at myself and my efforts with any sort of candour.

 The major stumbling block for me has been a lack of self-belief  which has been the bane of my life. My lack of training in the art of writing causes technical deficiencies and my shallow vocabulary leaves me stretching for images at times. This has made me realise my limitations and focused my writing somewhat.

 Being simple and direct is often the best way and as I don't write for the snobs and intellectuals of this world I feel my method is the best for me. And I'm sure those who pop in here appreciate my style as opposed to a wannabe straining to impose flowery prose upon them.

 I have been thinking for a little while of upping the ante, of saying goodbye to my blogger site and moving across to Wordpress which is the current king of blogging platforms and has much more functionality than this one. That would mean leaving "Strange Notations" behind and starting all over again, something I am loathe to do. Of course this site would be here forever more, just silent and all but dead.

 Wordpress also caters for those who want to get a little more imaginative than what they offer for free and bloggers can pay for even better functionality on their site if one desires to go that far.

 Aspiring writers looking for writing platforms can also pay for software which will create their own blogging site with all the functionality they require or need and this is another option but I think that caters for the more professional operator and is something I feel is not necessary for me. Yet.

 So, after much thought and consideration, I have decided to stay where I am and continue to contribute my "Strange Notations of a Laborious Life" to the Internet and the wider world through Blogger. To hell with professionalism. I'm happy where I am!

 Perhaps one day if I ever manage to write something of note which the community at large would be interested in, I will shift to a more professional outlook. But that day may never come, so Blogger it is.

 For anyone who comes here regularly or even occasionally, I would like to hear what you think. Should I upgrade or stay where I am? Should I stretch myself or be happy in my little world, my little corner of the Web?

 To be or not to be. That is the question.

 I'd also like to say that if anyone enjoys reading this Blog, sign up for an email which will send the latest entry straight to the inbox on your computer. Also, if you enjoy any particular post and feel you would like to share it, please don't hesitate. Any entry can be shared on Facebook. There is a button on the bottom of every page that allows you to do so. Just keep scrolling.

 There is also a button for RSS feed or you can simply email it to anyone you feel may be interested.

 If there is anything any reader would like me to write about, drop me a line. I am open to writing about any subject, it may just take me a little while to research. Most of my writing is done off the top of my head which can be dangerous as facts and figures get blurry after rattling around in my brain for years. This is not Wikipedia!

 I can also answer any question although I do draw the line on some things. But take a shot if you dare!

 I'll take a crack at writing something of substance one day. Getting the time, the inclination and the inspiration is the problem. But you never know.........

 I will be back next time with another "Photo of the Day" and don't hesitate to tell me what you think of my pictures and if it worthwhile continuing with such a theme.

 Until next time, take care and love thy neighbour.

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