Inspired by writer Liz Ward, I’m going to gently join in with National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and post a blog a little more regularly during November. I love reading Liz at her blog and I also enjoyed her collection of essays which she published in 2018.
One of the reasons I haven’t been posting here very much is that I’ve been writing more in the offline world as I hinted at in my previous post. Last week I took advantage of a lovely offer by Trowbridge Town Hall and rented a desk for day in their beautiful Victorian building so that I could spend a day writing in a different setting.
Although I’m lucky enough to be able to write from home without distractions, it made a difference to be somewhere else entirely, in my own space behind a closed door. As a friend commented on my Instagram post “A room of one’s own… at least for a day!” – and she’s exactly right. I’ve rented the room for one day a week for a few weeks – but this was before we had the announcement in the UK that we’re entering a second national lockdown. So, like thousands of others, my plans for the next month will be scuppered, although my inconvenience is nothing compared to most. Don’t get me started on the lockdown or the UK government’s incompetent handling of the pandemic, I’ve come to this blog for some moments of distraction. I hope that wherever you are and whatever your situation, you manage to deal with what is happening as best as you can.
Another reason I haven’t posted here as much recently is WordPress’ move to a new system of editing, the Block Editor. It means that I’m having to learn about using a blog again and it’s wearying. Perhaps it’s good for me to try to keep up with technology (at a basic level) but it doesn’t always feel like it. I have thought about switching to another blog publishing service such as Blogger or Medium. I wonder what your thoughts are about that, if any? I wonder what stops people who want to write a blog from writing one.
It’s time for me to drift away from here and focus on some of my other writing projects. If you’re taking part in #NaBloPoMo yourself, please let me know, and if you’re looking for inspiration, this post from 2016 when I managed to blog every day for a month might give you some ideas. Thanks for being here.