There have been a number of things lately that I cared about enough to want to write about them. I’ve not tackled those subjects yet, but I will.
I’ve never dedicated my blog to a single topic. There has never been just one central theme l wanted to dedicate this blog to. I wasn’t out to establish a brand.
Instead I’ve been writing about anything and everything that’s been on my mind. Obviously I’ve also written my fair share about writing.
I’ve noted before that it is absolutely essential to care about the subject you are writing on, if you want the writing to be any good.
The things I want to write about matter deeply to me. Oddly some of them have only recently made an impact on me. It is as if I’ve opened my eyes to issues that have always been there and that have only been sitting at the edge of my awareness whilst I was preoccupied with other things
But I’ve been walking around with open eyes for some time now and allowed myself to see and to recognise.
I’ve never considered myself a writer with journalistic aspirations. I had once thought about getting a journalistic degree, but my interest has always been mostly in creative writing.
Yet somehow I learn more about writing and editing and style every day. I learn much by reading. And I learn about my own strengths and weaknesses, all the while pushing the limits of what I thought I could do. Including editorial and copy writing.
Instead of adding another blog to my collection, I will add another category to this blog. I’ve written blogs in the past that I cared a great deal about and those I will sort into that category. And then I will write on those aforementioned things that keep cropping up.
I won’t be going on irrational rants or post opinions on things I don’t know enough about. I want to write with great care and attention to the facts as they are available.
And I won’t pander to anybody nor will I anxiously try to avoid offense to somebody. That is not possible. Somebody will always take offence.
But I can promise to be thoughtful and inclusive, considering as many viewpoints as I am able to think of. I’m an introvert, it’s part of my modus operandi.
Now, all that being said, I’m not asking you to care what I write, but care about what you choose to write of. Not only in order to produce good writing, but to make others care as well and enable them to see why the subject mattered so much to you.
This is how you learn the craft.