There are simply readers out there who for whatever reason, feel poked or challenged or offended when you write your words. Even though the words may not be directed at anyone in particular, or even worse, when seemingly good words and ideas are shared in a passionate way but someone takes deep offense, it is hard to keep going.
And this instant way of communicating back to the writer with comments and interaction, sometimes allows us to respond quickly, too quickly, without giving it a second thought.
Mordecai Richler once said in an interview, that at the beginning when he was writing his best, the stuff that really sold well, he wrote from his personal experiences. He would write them into his characters, and they came alive. Then he started taking some deep criticism from a couple of family members who didn't like themselves portrayed so poorly, even if it was in novel form and they were not identified.
So he tried not to do that, and his writing took a turn for the worse. He decided it was better to write what he knew. The rest is history.
The blogs that I read and like the best are the real life blogs. Not so much the "I went here or there" blogs, but more the "I went here and felt like _____ " blogs.
The good writers seem to be able to tell us how they live well or poorly, not just what they do. As one wise writer wrote;
"it dawned on me that how a writer writes is what sets him or her apart from other writers and, more so, from the rest of us chaps. What a writer saysâ€”e.g., â€œCommunism is an unmitigated evilâ€ or â€œCommunism has some meritâ€â€”could be said by any one of us, but most of us couldnâ€™t say these things the way a gifted writer could. Itâ€™s the how of the writer which appeals to us as readers and motivates us to read an authorâ€™s books. "
Amen. And blogs too.
So yeah, sometimes you want to do a little writing and you step out on this trial and error journey. Often you make more mistakes than you wish you would. Still you keep trying to be a better writer and if you have the energy to risk it, you keep writing, shaping and being shaped by the words on the screen.
And sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the crowd of naysayers. Usually a small, vocal group. But on a bad day, they're loud enough to make you want to never write again. Ever.
So, R.I.P CZ Blog. I am sad yet glad that you closed up shop. Sad for me, glad for you.
Thanks for making the net a brighter place. I know you will continue to do so, just in other formats.
As for the rest of you, do what's best for your spirit, your heart. I wish only the best for you.