All Too Quiet On The Blogging Front

It is an ongoing, terminal frustration.  Just when you find yourself in the middle of a strong creative roll, it all comes to a sudden, abrupt end.  And what you’re left with is yet another prolonged period of inactivity and the hope that you’ll resume writing sooner than later.  This hot and cold cycle has to end sometime, right?  For the moment, though, it’s still a big problem.

After putting together a fair number of pieces late last month, it’s been all too quiet on the blogging front here.  Bottom line, nothing new has surfaced on The Writings Of Dennis Earl in the last couple of weeks.  It happens.  I’ve learned the hard way over and over again that it’s very difficult to maintain a regular writing schedule when you’re a spontaneous perfectionist.  If that sounds like an oxymoron, you’re right.

In this site’s near six-year history, I’ve not been one to start an entry without having at least a title, a premise or in the case of poetry, a line or a verse ready to type before even thinking about turning on the computer.  I don’t know how other writers can just stare at a blank screen and come up with something fresh without having some kind of a plan.  That’s not really something I’ve ever done here.  I’d be staring more than composing.  Nothing would get accomplished this way.

Once I have a basic idea, that’s my jumping off point for continuation until I have a workable draft that I read and correct a million times before sending it out into the world like a vulnerable young adult ready to live in the real world.  (And even then, I sometimes go back and fix something even after it’s publicly posted.)  Then, it’s on to the next idea and the process starts all over again.

I remain amazed that after all this time I’ve been able to put together more than 550 pieces in this space, an eclectic mix of old and new, short and long, critical and poetic, despite not being terribly prolific.  But focusing on the positive needs to be my priority.

We’re just a month and a half away from the new year but it’s already been a strong one for this website.  More than 20000 hits have been achieved since the start of 2011 and who knows how high it will go by the time 2012 finally arrives.  I’ve mentioned The Gene Bump in a number of past pieces and here’s the latest update on that surprising phenomenon.

I’ve written and published six items directly related to the recent episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels and if you add up all the hits they’ve received, those bits of writing alone account for more than half the overall hit total since I moved from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress in October 2010.  Put another way, if I hadn’t written about the show this year, I would’ve likely achieved only 10000 or so hits which is about the normal annual total for this site, give or take a few thousand.

Then again, because of the Jewels pieces, readers who were initially drawn to this site because of them have actually stayed to check out and even occasionally comment on non-related material like my poetry, for instance.  This has been a very encouraging development.

Clearly, The Writings Of Dennis Earl is having a bit of a breakout year.  Maybe if I didn’t struggle from time to time with inactivity, it could grow even more.  Until that dramatically changes, one can only dream.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, November 13, 2011
5:50 p.m.

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