Wednesday. Fandango’s Provocative Question once again. This week, he asks:
As a blogger, when it comes to your blog, what makes you tick?
I’ve addressed this one a few times. Straight away, I have observed the purpose has changed over time.
I started the blog maybe a year after I had a stroke. In the first instance, it was just the easiest way of keeping a diary. Nobody else would have been interested (in fact, I’m surprised they are now, but that’s another story 🙂), but the important thing for me is that I could record something, physical or emotional, and it would be created with that little timestamp in the corner. So, it was a case of, last month I walked 10 yards, now I can walk 15, and so on.
The bottom line is because recovery progress is sufficiently slow, if you just look day-upon-day, you never see anything. Seriously, my first piece of advice to any survivor was keep a diary.
But frankly, if you look at what I write about now, you’d never know I’d had a stroke if it weren’t for the name I chose. (And, one day I will probably change that too, but I’ll wait until I’m fed up with it.) But this has got to be a good thing, hasn’t it? Because once upon a time, my interest was my health, fairly and squarely, and now it is much more general. I’ve often compared the stroke to a ball with no air in it. That was my world. And as the air is pumped in again, it all gradually re-flates. That has been my experience.
In fact, that brings me to the present day. Read one or two of my recent posts – and the stroke is nowhere to be seen. I blog now just because I enjoy the interaction with people. It isn’t just WP, although I do like it here, because I did use Facebook previously. And it isn’t writing, per se, because I’ve found that 90% of this community is reading. In fact I’m trying to impose a rule on myself which is basically that I’m not going to answer a prompt unless I am also prepared to read other people’s responses to that prompt. I’m doing okay with FOWC and SLS, but it is still a case of trying to get into the habit. So, where better to carry on than with FPQ?