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I woke up quite early today and was really excited. I’ve decided that today is going to be devoted solely to the blog, without guilt or apologies for not doing anything else. The only trouble is, now i’m sitting at my laptop I don’t really know where to start.

Over the last few months work has been the absolute priority and has taken almost every part of my life, and this has completely interferred with the little writing routine that I had got myself into. However, I have written little notes for ideas in my phone as time has passed and I’ve been able to sit down and look at them all this morning. I’m happy with some, some seemed like a good idea at the time but may be better off being left until later, and some are utter crap.

In fact, looking through my blog I would consider about 80% of my ramblings to be utter crap. When I first started blogging just over a year ago I remember reading a post in which somebody had just confessed to deleting a year’s worth of their content, and I was aghast at the prospect of how much time must have been wasted. Now, I completely understand. My writing has grown and evolved in such a short amount of time that my earlier posts seem rather juvenile and pointless, the only positive in that they helped to develop and grow my following.

I suppose I do know what I need to do today. Read, delete, edit, comment… I need to catch up on what must be thousands of posts that I’ve missed.

What about you? Do you feel that a lot of your earlier posts are rubbish? Has your writing style changed?

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  1. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and find myself going back and deleting posts!
    Although I’ve had a half good run, I’m still devoting much of today for blog like stuff and catching up on reading the blogs I follow. Though, I still have 3 days left of term! Whoops!! x

      • haha that’s so nice! If it helps, I met someone at an orchestra event yesterday who I could have sworn was you. I kept wanting to call them Suzie and not Harriet!!
        Three days – and 1 of them is a PPA day so I’m saying one and a half technically! haha.
        But, I’m being naughty and not doing any school work this weekend – my brain can’t take it! ha x

      • A charity symphony orchestra. We turned up on the day – rehearsed music for the afternoon and then performed in the evening! Money going to charity πŸ™‚ was quite good – though scary as my first time there! x

      • Sax – but only because I was too late and the clarinet part was full. I’m hoping next time, if I go, to play the clarinet! Because it was film music first half and last night of the proms type theme in the second half I missed out on playing some amazing pieces! You’re a music teacher right?
        I miss playing 😦 I haven’t played in a proper orchestra for over a year and I know it’s damaging my skills as well. I’m just struggling to find places to play! x

      • I am a music teacher yes! My degree was from the Conservatoire in Birmingham and after four years there i never wanted to play the violin ever again! It was a wonderful place and I was lucky to work with some amazing musicians but it simply wasn’t for me! Check out your local music service – they might give you some info on local amateur orchestras…

      • Haha, well I was quite lucky in that my degree was a bachelor in arts and education. So essentially I got my major in education but a minor in music – I’m so glad I did it this way. I did full on terms of music and recitals etc, but then got breaks by doing education terms and being on placement! I don’t think I ever would have made it at music college!!
        Yes, two friends of mine are going to create a little chamber group and a friend has found an orchestra for me to join in September! I definitely will check with the music service though – I never thought of that! x

      • I also never could teach secondary, so I take my hat off to you!
        Nope 😦 I had to buy a new computer because mine died a slow, painful, death and it’s left me quite poor. Possibly a week in Belfast visiting my boyfriend while he’s at home – but no holiday plans! I have a week camping with family friends book too which will be nice πŸ™‚ Do you? x

      • Ooh that sounds nice! Me and The Bloke were saving up for a trip to America but one of the cats was diagnosed with diabetes last year and her vets bills took all my savings (it wa cheaper not to have insurance too!) I am taking my mum to London for a few days and then who know!

      • Oh no, but at least you still have some plans. Lets be fair, the six weeks holiday are needed as time to feel alive again – I’m almost looking forward to not having a lot to do and just relaxing for a while! x

      • Haha! Me too – I’ve got a ton of work to do and i’ll probably have to go in for several weeks of the summer but at least i can do it without the kids being there!

      • Yes! And I decided that I’d much rather be in work doing work as I’d get much more done and no distractions!
        I saw you liked my post about instruments, hope it didn’t offend! Was just some light hearted fun. x

  2. Hi Suzie – interesting post and timely! Last weekend I re-categorised my posts and did some general housekeeping and groaned when I read my early posts at how awful they were! I think my writing has definitely improved – I have learnt so much by reading other blogs. Something I have picked up on from you is asking a question/inviting comment and this has worked well on my blog so I try to incorporate it a lot more now. I have also got better at linking and use of images as I think the visual appeal of a blog is really important.

  3. I’ve thought about deleting old posts, but honestly no one reads old stuff. The only traffic they get is random internet searches, otherwise when it comes to blogging people mostly care about what was just released (from my experience of course). Plus, I’ve become attached to my mad ramblings, it is a part of who I am, so I keep it. πŸ˜€

  4. Yes today is also devoted to blogging for me. Yes my style has changed. I used to do in depth discussion of the elements of fiction and found out no one gave a rip. So I went to lighter stuff and seems folks like it.

  5. I find that all of my posts are ridiculous rubbish, actually. I’m okay with it though. If I’ve changed, it’s probably for the worse. My style is the same but the material is mostly a play by play of me doing nothing. Lol.

  6. Writing is an ever evolving process. The more you do it, the more you read, the more you live your life, the more your writing style is going to change. It’s a good thing to look back on older posts and see that they are not as good as your current ones. This means you are growing as a writer. You should keep the old ones there to remind you of how much progress you’re making…

  7. Don’t you look back sometimes and say, “oh, wow, did I really write that? It’s good!” I have done that. Some of my posts surprise me. Give yourself a break, Suzie. Not everything we write (or say) is going to be profound, and that’s okay. I write for me. If others like it, I’m thrilled. If they don’t, eh. (Shrugs).

  8. I love so much of your earlier posts. It’s been fun for me to read your blog. You are decades younger and more than an ocean away, so your observations of the world provide insight to me. You’ve grown up in the past year, wearied by teaching, the multiple house moves, several blog trolls and bashers, kitty woes, and that terrible illness that took you to the hospital. Your newer posts reflect deeper reflection and self evaluation. I, however, have always been impressed by your wisdom. It’s just going to get better; don’t trash the earlier stuff, smile at your growth and everything to come.

  9. ohhhh I feel that 90% of my writing is rubbish and the other 10% could be quite entertaining……but Suzie, your posts are always great not one bit of “crap” in them! πŸ™‚

  10. I know I need to go through my own blog and do some work on the organization and what not, only I never remember to do it when I have the time. (*chuckles*)

    Glad you’re making the time for yours.

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