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What I Learned About Writing This Week…from Friends

Life is funny sometimes.

By which I mean peculiar, not amusing. Unless you’re talking about the kind of amusing that’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek, bitter, or noir. Laughter and tears in one and all that.

Sometimes, life makes you write in sentence fragments, too, but that’s another story and shall be told another time.

Let’s Skip Straight to the Point, What Say?

Last week, I read this blog post by The JackB. Jack talks about blogging because you’re passionate about it and blogging what you’re passionate about. He takes exception to bloggers who blog about things they don’t really want to be talking about — all for the sake of SEO, King Content, and headlining.

Jack’s post made me wonder if that’s the trap I’ve been falling into lately. For almost a week now, I’ve been questioning myself:

Am I blogging because I really want to?
Or is it just because I feel like I should?
Am I blogging about things I enjoy, inspirations that fire my passions, people who challenge me?
Am I paying too much attention to “quality blog content” — and not enough to heart content?

Still in the throes of unpacking, I haven’t had much mental energy to plumb the depths of these questions. But they’ve been stirring in my mind.

They’ve been making me uncomfortable.

Then, today, I received something else that made me uncomfortable: an email from a friend, pointing out my recent lack of communication and letting me know the negative results of said lack.

There’s more to the conflict than just that — but that is the gist of it.

It’s all making me sit back and ask:

What are my true priorities?
Is their nature what I think it is? Or have I just been fooling myself?
Have I been too focused on “business” relationships — to the detriment of personal friends?

In what ways have I been brightening the corner where I am — and in what ways have I been darkening it?

It’s time for a change, dear inklings.

I don’t know just what form this change will take…but there’s going to be a change.

What’s this got to do with writing?

Well, you tell me.

If I’m mending tears in relationships…if I’m re-evaluating my priorities…if I’m at least blogging my passions — how do you think it will affect my writing?

And how will that changed writing affect me in return, thereby influencing my priorities and relationships?

How would changed writing affect your priorities and relationships?

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