Writing Inventory · 29 September 2018

I have not been in the position much, but I have enough writing inventory for my blog that I can make choices.

One of the interesting things about writing a weekly blog is that I have this self-imposed deadline. I release my blog on Saturday, but I put it out there early on social media on Thursdays (#ThursdayThoughts). Then I actually repost again on Monday (#MondayBlogs). I am not much of a self-promoter so I figure a couple posts of essentially the same link is not too much of a big deal. I am not getting myself out there too much, but enough that I get a new reader here and there. Or at least somebody new who likes my tweet or facebook post. (It really does happen every once in a while.)

I used to live in fear of my deadline. I would worry that I would not have something to post. But those were the days before social media (if you believe such a time existed). I was not very serious about writing then. I was still just dreaming that somebody would find me and want to represent me in front of all those big publishing houses (I am still up for that, by the way). But I was only writing one day a week and then posting to my feeble blog. (Yes, I know. It is still feeble.) So that deadline loomed large. Writing and editing and polishing and posting on Saturday was not fun. I dreamed of the day when I would have more time to do some actual editing and polishing rather than just reading it once after I had written it and then posting. Sure. Sometimes I still just put stuff out there without much polish, but that is what a hack with a website does. Especially one who is still striving to become mediocre.

But back to the deadline.

Back in the day, that deadline loomed. Like the sword of Damocles. I would write furiously for my allotted time and post whatever came to my head. Such were the beginnings of MediocreMan.

Now that I write six days a week, the looming deadline does not seem so malevolent. Sometimes I still throw something together and post it, but usually I have time to actually edit and polish. Which brings me back to my original thought. I now have an inventory of blog posts and so I have choices.

The odd thing about choices is that sometimes the choices are not so great. Mediocre even. (What did you think?) But more than that, sometimes the choices are not timely. Sure. I have blog posts that transcend time. But there are also ones that have an expiration date. Ones that do not mean much if not posted at the right time. You might think that drivel has no expiration date, but it does. Or at least it can.

Ah well. I must admit that I am enjoying my time with a little inventory. I am enjoying my time of having choices. For I know that there will come a time when I am down to nothing. When I have spent all my time creating or editing or polishing other writing projects. When life is hectic and time is short. When that deadline looms like the fabled sword of Damocles.

Hopefully, that time is long in coming. But who knows. All I know is that currently, I am happy that I have a few choices on what to post on my blog. I am happy to have a writing inventory.

[I actually posted this when I had little inventory. How ironic.]

© 2018 Michael T. Miyoshi

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