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Friday, January 21, 2005

Pardon My Rant, Part One 

I definitely don't want to sound like some other blogs I've read where the writers whine and bemoan the fact that they've not written in x-number of days for this reason or that.     Of course, I'm not talking about this blog, I update regularly here (as regularly as real life allows), but I am talking about my other blogs . . . which includes the blog where I answer all the silly memes-of-the-day/week, as well as my own meme page, my photo blog, and the two blogs where I post re-prints of my previously published columns.

To be totally honest, I just haven't been in a mood to be that dedicated to updating those blogs as regularly as this one.     There!     I said it!     No whiny excuses . . . no "poor-pitiful me" rantings . . .     just the truth . . .     I mean, jeez-louise, there's a lot more to life than living on the internet 24/7.     I have work to accomplish, and a house to maintain, and friends to see, and a life to live.

I'm not denegrating those that want to blog about not blogging . . . it's just that -- come on, folks -- we don't owe anyone an excuse for our absences.

And, we don't owe anyone an explanation for our expressions of our creativity on our own personal blogs.     I bring that up because I received a very negative comment a few days ago on my photo blog.     It was added to a list of comments, all praising the work and composition of the photo displayed.

The comment read:
Name: [name withheld]
Wednesday, 19 January, 2005 - 04:13PM
"This is pretty mediocre.   Ansel Adams you're not.   Sorry."

At first, I was quite taken aback -- and, in all honesty -- extremely hurt by the comments, because no one likes to have their work criticized.     But, then I decided to merely take the high-road and let it go.     So, here's what I posted on the same comment board on my photo blog (and I went to the person's own blog and posted something quite similar there as well).

My response comment read:
Name: Kitty
Wednesday, 19 January, 2005 - 06:43PM
"[name withheld], thanks for your feedback.     I never claimed to be Ansel Adams - nor would I ever attempt such a high feat - and I'm sorry you found the photos here to be merely mediocre.     But, that is the thing about life . . . everyone is entitled to their own opinions - thanks for sharing yours with us.     No need to apologize."

I felt good about my response to this.     I didn't let someone else's negativity get to me.

Back to writing -- I try to seduce myself into the false sense of delusion that if I'm writing in my blog(s), that constitutes writing.     Of course, in a sense, it does.     But, in the larger scheme of things -- especially since I am a writer/photographer/artist by profession -- blogging isn't going to bring-home-the-bacon, so to speak.     I end up spending time just blogging when I should be doing research, sending queries, contacting editors, writing (for real) . . .

can we all say   p-a-s-s-i-v-e---a-g-g-r-e-s-s-i-v-e?

Anyone have any words that will figuratively "kick-my-bum", and get me jump-started on the real tasks at hand?!?

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