I have never been a blogger that can whip out short, frequent posts on the dayâ€™s most Googled topic, in the race to drive traffic to my site. Instead, I am one of many bloggers who write thoughtful pieces about the things that interest me, in hopes that those who are similarly interested will continue reading what I write because itâ€™s good, not because itâ€™s trendy.
Writing blog posts has meant adjusting my writing style to one that is more compact, because in this format a shorter rhythmic flow works better than essay writing. People (myself included) just donâ€™t stay glued to a digital page for as long as it takes to read a long, expository piece.
Last Fall, by a mixture of luck and moxie, I landed a spot as blogger for theÂ Huffington Post. That has caused me to tighten and focus my writing even more, to match the pace of the site and get more people to read my (still on the long side) posts.
I like the challenge. And while I mostly write about dreams, my raison dâ€™Ãªtre, I have had lots of fun with my last two Huffington posts, â€œHow To Survive a Divorceâ€ and â€œThe Three Most Important Words In Any Relationship.â€ I will most likely keep experimenting with this style, the â€œtruth-humor spritzerâ€ as I like to call it, in my writing there.
For now,Â Blog oâ€™Â Gnosis andÂ HuffPo are my two main blogging platforms. The third, atÂ annehill.org, is where I upload podcasts from myÂ weekly radio show, and cross-post dream-related articles from my other blogs.
For now, I can keep them all straight, and post once or twice a month to each blog. I have no plans to discontinue any of them, though I may cross-post more in the future. I have several fascinating books to review here in the next few weeks, and several interesting people to interview on the radio show as well. And the irreverent humor part of my brain is always churning up more ideas that are perfect for HuffPo.
For now, this is a workable model. However, I hope to be writing for money sometime very soon, in which case things may shift rather rapidly. If so, this would be good news. And you will hear about it here first, or possibly on myÂ Twitter feed, or maybe in a crypticÂ Facebook status update.
Meanwhile, what is up with the time changing so damn late in the year? I am against it, and hope that no one is thinking of creating aÂ New Religious Movement based on the â€œFall Back/Spring Forwardâ€ cycle. Can you imagine the desperate entreaties to the Gods that would be happening right about now?