Before you get your knickers in a twist, I know that there is a blog out there called Things I Can’t Say. It’s written by fellow Carolina girl, Shell (@shellthings) and I think she is an AMAZING writer. But her title was too good not to steal, or borrow, or imitate. It is the best form of flattery, right?
It’s all about having freedom and creative space on our blogs. But how much freedom do you really have? How much freedom do you give yourself? Where do you draw the line when it comes to writing? This is what’s on my mind this week.
Today’s (Optional) Writing Prompt: What are some things you wish you could blog about but can’t?
Here we go…
I think that sometimes we get so used to blogging that we forget that not every thought that enters our mind needs to come out through our fingers. I think the same is true for any form of social media.
I don’t want to see someone’s personal drama played out on Twitter or Facebook. It’s uncomfortable. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I will watch that drama unfold until the bitter end but I always stay far away from it. And yes, it is uncomfortable. But it’s kind of like a train wreck. I can’t look away.
I read things and I just want to blurt out exactly what I’m thinking. The whole formula Twitter party that I wrote about on ShePosts. I had some opinions about that. Justice for Trayvon – yes, I could write several posts on that. President Santorum? Is that a possibility? Another blogger – did you really just say that?
Oh yes. I’ve never been accused of NOT being opinionated. But what do you do with those opinions when you’re a writer and primarily an essayist? Your instinct is to write about it.
Some of my thoughts would be extremely controversial. I won’t tell you how or why. Because generally speaking, I’d like you to want to come back and read my blog another day. And the truth of the matter is that not everything that we hold inside is meant to come out. You can talk about it with a friend, a peer, a spouse. Yes. You can talk about it. Especially with like-minded people.
But if you think that the internet is the place for every whim and fancy that enters your head, you should think again. We need to temper our thoughts and emotions before we write. We need to research and understand and THINK before we write. I see so many knee jerk reactions out there and I think that angers me more than my own opinions.
This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…
- Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
- Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
- Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
- Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
- Link up your post below.
- Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
1. Grab the button
(it’s over in the sidebar)
2. Write your post.
3. Link up here.