I have recently fiddled and tweaked my blog to pacify some fellow bloggers, and please do not misunderstand, I am grateful for the suggestions, and I am grateful that I made the changes I did (if you haven’t seen it, check out the new theme on my blog), but I’ve been thinking…a lot.
I have gone over and over this in my head. You see, it had been brought to my attention that I might need more stuff on my blog – more photos, things to catch the eye. Okay, I get it – and I am not against such a thing, but (and here comes the thinking) – this is supposed to be a blog about the written word.
I’m not a photographer.
I do okay; I have a cool ‘for-dummies-like’ camera that I splurged on post-tax-return a few years ago, and I have managed to take some nifty photos of which I am quite proud (see ‘See How I See‘), but photography is not the focus of this blog, and I won’t apologize for that. There are bloggers out there that do a far better job than I. My camera needs to be charged, my pencil does not.
My personal goal with my writing, and then through this blog, is to gather my words; I want to gather all of the little words, the good fifty-cent words, the funny words, and occasionally the really big words – discover great old words, and learn some great new words – and as I gather them in my mental meanderings, racings, and rollercoasterings, and hamster-wheelings – my goal is to paint the pictures that are so craved. It is kind of the whole point, to use words to paint – to create a picture, not in front of the readers face, but in the mind.
In fact, this is one of those subjects that can often get me soap-boxing. I really love to read, but I also love movies. It is when I learn that a book I enjoyed will be made into a movie that I get a little twitchy. Forgive me, but it is extremely rare that I am not slightly (or largely) disappointed with the results. What is it that makes me so judgmental? It is because I miss things in the movie that were so readily available in the written form. I miss the protagonist’s thoughts and impressions. The whys and the wherefores, the thought processes that lead to an action or from. Ugh, I’m annoying myself.
Don’t panic, I will still occasionally use photos, or make pictures – like I’ve done so far, but I’m not going to chase them down.
I try to make pictures with words; it does not always work.., but I’ll never stop trying.
Thanks for reading!