Pic c/o Hugh
One of the things I like most about good blogs like Hugh’s is that – however hot the content – they offer through multiple snapshots over time an insight into what it’s like to be a creative individual going about a creative life. Just the repeated action of posting, day after day, week after week, year after year, generates a stream of impressions of our concerns and efforts and fixations and successes and disappointments – many of which I’m not sure the blogger is unaware of as he/she posts on a particular occasion.
Of course, looking at these as a third party you quickly get the picture – a different one, perhaps than that which the blogger has of themselves. And when you do this to your own posts (as Hugh’s occasional retrospectives suggest), the psychological distance from these self-deceptions can prove enormously helpful.
An old friend who teaches improv (Rob) once calmed my struggles as a writer with the thought:
“Most people in business don’t know how to play with each other; that’s what we help them with. The writer has to learn how to play with himself, his absent peers and audience”
Re-reading your own blog posts can stimulate new and illuminating lines of thinking, just as much as reading other people’s blogs. Just try it