after last week's storm
Since I came back to blogging in March after a month off, I've toyed with the idea of shutting down Betsy Transatlantically - or, at the very least, making it dormant, a static scrapbook of four years of my life. The friendships I have made through blogging have transcended this medium and, thanks to Twitter and Instagram, I've realized that you no longer need to be an active blogger to be a part of the blogging community. In some ways, blogging has become about so much more than just having a blog, which in this case is a good thing.
However, it is how I define blogging at its most basic that keeps me from quitting: blogging for me is about writing. I've enjoyed the other aspects of blogging over the years but, at this point, I'm secure in the knowledge that the sort of readers I want are those who come here for my writing (and for occasional text-light posts about my life). Where else would I be able to flesh out my thoughts on the role that music plays in political activism or my feelings about finding a home in the Anglican Church as a Jew or my musings on what it means to be a good wife? The place for that is here.
A few weeks ago, Lisa tagged me in a "My Writing Process" blog tour - this seems like an appropriate time to dive into those questions, so here goes!
1. What are you working on right now?
I'm drafting a few posts on making my apartment feel less like a rental. Unless Jon gets a job somewhere in the DC area that requires we move for commuting ease, we've decided that we'll stay put, saving money in our studio, until we can buy our first home. Now that I've been in the apartment for over a year, I've figured out what works, what doesn't, and what investments of time and energy are worth making the space feel like ours more permanently. Believe it or not, these posts are turning out to be composed of more text than images!
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
My voice is the only way my writing differs from that of other bloggers I admire. (That sounds supremely arrogant - I hope you know what I mean.) I'm not as colloquial as some and I'm not as funny as others and I'm not as motivational as yet others, but we're all blogging from a place of deep respect for the craft of writing and, at the same time, from the heart.
3. Why do you write what you do?
A theatre director once told me that he thinks it's crucial for new work to be developed in front of a paying audience because it can only truly evolve when it's public and when people who aren't affiliated with the show have chosen to participate in its growing pains. I feel the same way about writing; it's why I blog rather than keeping a journal.
4. How does your writing process work?
My more nuanced posts usually go through several drafts, sometimes spanning a few weeks, before I hit publish and even after they're out in the wider world I'm tempted to constantly refine them. But my "lifestyle" posts are often written in a flash as inspiration strikes!
A huge thank you to Alicia for her Jaybird Community Facebook page, which hosted a discussion about Manda's fantastic post on her own blogging; that post and comments from Erika, Amanda, Ashley, and Erin were in the back of my mind as I wrote this post. I tag all of you to continue the tour - let us know if you do!
Edited to add: Erika wrote her post the other day - she was originally tagged by Lisa, too!