12 August, 2014

Top 4 Reasons Why Blogging Is A Good Idea

(. . . from the perspective of someone who has decided to get back into this part of the blogosphere one step at a time, beginning with a new post.)*

1. It keeps the brain moving.
Not blogging means I'm not looking for post ideas and I'm not considering all the things I could be posting about from everyday experience. My mind isn't putting thoughts on the back burner to be turned into scintillating (or at least vaguely shiny in patches) posts to be published later.

2. Writing skills are always put to the test.
From speed typing to constructing my last sentence, I feel like my writing has deteriorated a bit since I stopped posting and commenting regularly, which is probably part of the reason why I let it slide for so long. Time to get my writing mojo back with some good old blogging time. (Maybe not as much as before, but a little. Every week. For the foreseeable future.)

3. All the interesting things happening in the blogosphere.
I miss know about this event or that blogfest, even if I'm not participating in them. There are so many great challenges circulating people's blogs year-round (including ones I know I've missed that I wish I had done, like the A to Z Blogging Challenge). I have no idea what's happening or coming up soon, and look forward to getting a sense of what exciting things have been happening while I disappeared.

4. The people.
More than knowing I'm missing out on some great blogging events, I miss knowing what's going on with all you fellow bloggers. I have no idea who's left, who's still here, and who's made their debut. I miss commenting on your blogs and reading posts, as well as reading your comments on my own blog. If you're here, hello there! Please leave a comment so I can go and check out your blog and say hello in your comment section. Seriously. I want to say hi to people.


So yes. I'm back, for the time being. It's already going to be a busy year--I'm a senior in high school this fall and am preparing for college applications and all the required tests for said applications--but I felt like I needed to stop pushing blogging aside and spend some time around The Eagle's Aerial Perspective, even if it's just a little bit. 

I won't be able to put in the hours like I did when I was blogging in previous years (I used to blog at least three hours a day, each day of the week, and I simply can't do that now) and I won't be able to comment as much on other people's blogs (which bothers me even more, since I want to visit everyone who I know stops by here and I won't be able to reciprocate all the time) but I'll be trying to post at least twice a month (hopefully more!) and visiting you all when I can. I don't know precisely what I'll be posting about; I think it will remain a combination of all the things that interest me, as my header has declared since . . . oh, years ago. Hopefully there won't be too much nonsense.

And here we go! The Golden Eagle Blogs Again, version 2.0.

*I tried thinking of five things about blogging to make it a nice, typical number for a list, but I couldn't come up with a good fifth one. Oh well. Four is decent, right?

How are you guys doing? What's been your favorite moment from this year, so far?

-----The Golden Eagle


D.G. Hudson said...

Welcome back even if only in part, and slow-blogging is always acceptable too, if people have some idea of when you'll post.

Bloggers have been taken a hiatus when they need to, so you're not the only one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We have missed you, Golden! Those are all good reasons to come back. Plus you always had the most interesting posts. I've missed those.

Jemi Fraser said...

Glad you're hoping to squeeze in some time. It is tough and you need to be kind to yourself in there too!!! I always figure I'll blog until I don't enjoy it :)

Andrew Leon said...

I'm sure there will be plenty to post about as a senior. Have a great year!

Pat Hatt said...

Welcome back, spending a little time here and there is better than none at all. Sure lots of blog fodder will come due from you as a senior.

JeffO said...

Hey, nice to see you again! You've definitely got a lot on your plate, so obviously don't let blogging get in the way of things like, you know, college applications. All the things you mentioned about blogging are true, and are four of the reasons why I'm still at it. Biggest thing: have fun with it!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Welcome back to blogging, Eagle. It's the people I would miss the most.

Simon Kewin said...

Great to have you back! Yep, the community makes it all worthwhile for me.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Welcome back! It sounds like your going about it the right way. A couple to a few times a month. - especially in your senior year.

Liz A. said...

Welcome back. It's hardest to restart, but once you get going... (Well, in theory. I have to get back to my writing one of these days...)

Maurice Mitchell said...

I can't agree more with you G.E. I've met some awesome people blogging and my writing has improved by leaps and bounds. Welcome back Kotter.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE - good to see you back and up and running again - in your time, but that's the way it should be.

Blogging certainly keeps the brain churning doesn't it .. and I've missed your scientific posts .. so good to see you back.

Enjoy your senior year and those decisions that you'll be making re college etc ... happy times - cheers Hilary

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Oh welcome back!

Rusty Carl said...

Glad you gave us an update. Welcome back.

Beth said...

Yay! Eagle is back!

Patrícia Paula said...

Hello! I loved your post. I think what resonated more was when you said you feel more mentally active when you'r active on your Blog.
It's totally it! I mean, the community and the writing skills improvement are great, but that's what I love the best about blogging and that's why I re-started doing it (http://alwaysfawlin.blogspot.pt/)
Good luck with your college applications!
- Fawlin

Susan Kane said...

It is SO good to see you again! Your writing has grown as have you as you will head off to college.

Looking forward to a post whenever you can get one out there.

My summer has taken away weeks of time, so I haven't been so active either.