Truthful Tuesday on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Thoughts and Theories

Being truthful about ones blog is not exactly a big challenge for most of us. It’s kind of like talking about ourselves because


Whether they are all photographs or poetry or writing or some of everything, they are us — maybe more than any other kind of writing or publishing could be,

If you run a prompt, how much have you tweaked and modified your prompt from what it initially started as? If you don’t run a prompt, what deliberate changes have you made to your blog since you first started blogging? In either case, have there been any unintentional changes that just sort of happened on their own?

I ran a challenge briefly — just six months. It was too much like work. Maybe because I tend to be hyper-organized (which I also was while working), I got so busy trying to perfect the format, it was exhausting. I quit and finally took a long, deep breath. I have since then resisted all efforts to do it again, even part time. For some reason “running” anything bring up the portion of my brain I call “the executive administrator.” I think that was how I got through years of extremely detailed technical material, managed to write huge multi-volume books for people who had degrees in subjects I couldn’t imagine — and who were obviously much smarter than I was in every way that mattered. And yet I was better at explaining what they did better than they could. Go figure.

I haven’t made any deliberate changes to my blog except to blog less frequently. There are several reasons why I really needed to do this. First, Garry is at an age and stage where he wants more attention from me. He’s more affectionate, touchier. Friendlier. I need to to reach back because we are getting old and I don’t want my memories of Garry to be glimpses of him between blogs. Life is getting in the way of blogging.

Unintentionally? Less politics and if political, usually publishing posts written by someone who has a professional grip on the subject. I like historians writing about history, ministers writing about theological matters, artists writing about art, writers talking about their books and their process.

The movement from my writing a lot of political stuff was an early development. I don’t like hurting people and that kind of writing always seems to cause hurt, even if unintentional. I also didn’t want to be known as a “news” source because I’m not. There are issues I care about, but I’m no expert.

I’m a good student and I repeat things I’ve learned, but I’m not a pioneer. I try to find people who really are pioneers and give them my platform. That’s how we all picked up followers in the beginning, remember? Someone with a big audience liked your stuff and you wrote a piece for them and got a few new followers — and passed it along when we earned our spurs.

Rich and Garry

I also have co-writers. Rich Paschall (Chicago) was the first regular writer to sign on. He has been really dependable and a huge help when I’ve been too sick to write. Garry writes when I nudge him and Tom writes nothing for months, then writes three or four posts in a cluster. I haven’t heard from Ellin (as a writer) in a while. Otherwise, I reblog a couple of authors regularly (Sean Munger, historian and climate scientist) and a couple of others who don’t post regularly.

Overall, I’m just slowing down. I’m getting older and I need time to be just a person and not always working on something for the blog. I’m not planning on stopping, but I have days on which I have something to say and many days when I don’t.

I go completely photographic for a couple of days and usually find something to talk about. I’m not happy with my blog or the world right now. The world feels very messy. Just staying sane is a job all by itself.

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10 replies

  1. Your blog is diverse, Marilyn, which I really enjoy. You write, Tom or Garry or Rob posts something. You have leaves, flowers, birds…something different which, to me, keeps people returning to see what you’re posting next. I like the prompts (but will never lead a prompt) because my brain needs something to latch onto. Prompt=find a photo, which is a direction for me. Maybe weird, but it works. For me. Less is sometimes more, so I smile when I see your post in my Inbox–**what is Marilyn up to today?**


    • You like exactly what I wanted everyone to like, so I totally LOVE you. When I started this — 10 years ago (yikes) — there was a lot of pressure to “pick a focus.” I refused. It would be like reading only one kind of book ALL the time. I like diversity and I’ve got a pretty weird brain, too. I don’t move in a line. I jump all over the place. I’d get bored to death writing about one thing all the time, so I figured I couldn’t be the ONLY one like that. There had to be others. And, golly whiz, I wuz right 😀

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  2. I completely agree. It’s so important to be true to ourselves and our lives and adjust as we go


  3. I enjoy your posts, specially the historical ones. And of course the photographs.


  4. Well said Marilyn, so near an explanation of what I would write, thanks.. I have been in a mood lately where I have considered doing something else for a change, then get back to “the habit”. I, like you, do not use or give prompts, This is a game I do not want to get addicted to as it takes away from being extemporaneousness and original, though it does bring out a great ability of using words, even if they are from others. But I do get ideas or renewed memories from what I read elsewhere even from another poster.

    Now I am in the process of re-doing the complete post after a serious problem with (WordPress) and will only keep to fixed subjects with what I re-post from the past. Spending more or my time on completing two book post, which must be finished, while I still have time~!


    • I suspect that all of us who have been doing this for a long time are reaching a point where don’t want to be permanently wired to the computer. It’s not that I want to quit, but I definitely need to spend less time paying attention to blogging, commenting, editing, processing — and to stop feeling guilty because there aren’t enough hours in a day to read all the other blogs I like as well as writing, taking pictures, and editing.

      It’s surprisingly difficult to just let go. I’ve been doing this longer than any job I held and it has become not so much addictive, as “my job.” For which I don’t get paid. Someone should pay me. Just — who?


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