I have wandered through the blog wilderness for lo, these 14 years now. And wander is the operative word here. I’ve been all over the place, writing about what I want to write about and when I feel like it.
Somerset Maugham had brilliant advice about writing when the mood hits: “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at 9 o’clock sharp.’”
I have seen and shared sound advice about the old command “Ready – aim – fire.” It’s extremely important to do things in that order when firing a gun, but when applied to an enterprise, not so much. If you wait until you’re “ready” and you have a clear “aim,” you may never “fire” your enterprise into the universe.
Inspired by folks like Ray Bradbury, who said, “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down,” many people including myself have advocated a “Ready – fire – aim” approach, that is, go ahead and get going as soon as you’re ready, and adjust your aim as you go along.
But here’s the thing – I never feel ready. I don’t think I’m alone in that. So I’m just going to go ahead with my new idea for my blog and adjust the aim as it progresses, and I expect after a time I will feel ready.
In other words, Fire – aim – ready.
What we’re about to experience starting May 1 is nothing new to you who have suffered my wanderings all this time. The only difference is this time I have a plan, of sorts.
Here it is:
Monday: Potpourri – a little nudge to start the work week.
Tuesday: Hobgoblin Watch – You know what Mencken said. Every week I’m going to point out an example or two (or more) of those imaginary hobgoblins in action. (I picked Tuesday for this in homage to my days writing a column that appeared Tuesdays in the Green Bay News-Chronicle.)
Wednesday: Screenings – formerly known as W.B. at the Movies, because I’ll be writing about what I’ve encountered on the small screen as well as the big silver one.
Thursday: W.B.’s Book Report – What I’ve been reading and what snapped my synapses and/or made my brain explode.
Friday: Uncle Warren’s Attic – Musical gems you may or may not have heard yourself. (Named after the podcast I keep threatening to reboot.)
What about the weekend? Well, once upon a time I tried writing a Saturday Story every week. I’m not ready to recommit to that – oh wait, what did I just say about being “ready”? Hmmm … check in Saturday to see where that thought went. And check in Sunday to see if anything happens then. Ya never know.
Fire – aim – ready. Consider this launched.