I’m back in grade school (OK, maybe college…) My hand is waving frantically, desperate for attention. I have a question. It’s not a timid wave, either…but a determined wave like a novice practicing semaphore flags (sorry if that’s redundant.) I just want to know what we are supposed to do.
Right, I see that all the other kids have their heads down, pencils gripped in their hands and leaning over their papers, and … I guess they are writing… OR the bumpkin next to me is just refusing to let me see his paper.
My pencil lead broke. May I sharpen it? um…where is the sharpener?
OK, write my name on the left top of the paper. Is that my left, or the paper’s left? Do I “write” as in cursive, or should I print? Do they want my whole name spelled out, or just my first name?
(Looks around.) What are we supposed to do next? Do we put the date on the paper? Do we spell out the month or use numbers?
Reader? Where is my reader? (scrambles in desk) What page are we on?
(hand waving) What are we supposed to write on the top line. The title? Does it have to be a certain number of words? ANY topic is good? Can I write about dogs? Is it OK if I write about washing my dog? ANY TOPIC?
(fast forward to pesent day…WRITING MY BLOG POST…)
ME: Teacher…er, Mr. OM…what should I write about?
OM: Anything, just so there’s no bad language or political correctness.
ME: Is it OK if I write about blogging?
What if you don’t like it?
Then I won’t publish it.
Oh. (starts writing)
(35 seconds later:) How long does this have to be?
MODERN DAY GROWN-UP BLOGGER
Here’s the thing. Every day I write for my blog. I write poetry, attempts at humor, political commentary, historical interest pieces, cutlines for my photographic efforts…flowers, cats, rocks, all kinds of other stuff. I write opinion pieces on a variety of topics. Some of this volume of bloggery is good, some not so much. My readers….that is people that read my stuff….comment or leave me a little smiley face.
But when the time comes to write a blog post “by assignment,” so to speak, the atmosphere suddenly changes and my mind becomes blank (ok, blank-er) as I sift through my virtual cabinets of “great ideas.”
So either you (ya) are reading this piece…written for OpinionatedMan’s site, by invitation (smug smirk here) OR it has been returned to my in-box with a red-marker-penned note: “YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.”
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