There is a lot I like about writing and self-publishing in the informal blog format. At the top of the list, but not first, is that columns with rules about formatting — other than the strictest — do not exist, so if I want to add in paragraphs right here…¶
How long did it take you to spot Lucy, the neighbor’s cat?
A) Right away with my Eagle eye.
B) Did a double take.
C) After finding out that there is a cat.
D) I still don’t see the cat.
The word count is never over or under, but always just right.
This type of autonomy is relaxing. It can also be detrimental to the outcome of a good piece. When writing a post on deadline I do not always give myself time to be my own editor. Without planning I might not properly delve into the story being told or strain out the unnecessarily extra bits. When selecting pictures or planning a big post I might seek advice or support from a collaborator, but will find only myself. And, I honestly cannot always be bothered to be accountable as an editor or a collaborator to the person who hasn’t been bothered to get a post in on time.
I’ll stand in my kitchen, gazing in lost contemplation until deadline forces action. Sometimes the result is just disastrous like a salmon dish even the cat decided to snub. Sometimes, somehow, I start with a recipe for muffins, mix a couple spoonfuls of mascarpone into yogurt in place of sour cream, and end up with a Strawberry Cake with Lemon Glaze that I eat all by myself too.