Creating the Taste by Which You Are Enjoyed
I love T.E. Eliot’s poetry and prose–well as much as I understand of them. He did a genuinely new thing. One of the perceptive things he said is that the original writer must create the taste by which he is enjoyed.
Blogging is such a new field. I come rather late to the party, just 6 months ago. I first started hearing about blogs about 6 years ago, and made various attempts to keep a blog. It was an uphill job: I was truly concerned about revealing my life and thoughts, and spilling my guts on the world wide web, not to mention the time it took from real writing. And at first I thought I needed to be interesting. (Now, I think I just need to be myself!!). What helped me to develop the habit of pretty much daily blogging was, oddly, monetizing my 3 blogs. Getting a little bit of income every day shortens the gap between work and payday, and helps me feel that this is not entirely a self-indulgent endeavour.
Since blogging is a new genre, compared to say poetry which is thousands of years old, it is still very much being defined. You can do anything you like. If it takes, and you gain readers, then you are, as T.S. Eliot said all writers should, creating the taste by which you are enjoyed. The immense variety of successful blogs, the wide open field of possiblities are very exciting!!