I don’t know if you remember, but I used to write daily at a blog called “The Short Little Bits.”
It’s been like a year since I’ve written anything there, so please, I won’t feel bad if you tell me that you don’t remember.
But, you do remember, right?
It was my writing blog…
Everything on that blog was unedited…
Any of this ringing a bell?
Do you remember that blog? Did you read it?
It’s okay if you answer “no” to ANY of these questions. I did so little promotion of that blog because I liked it being like a small destination that lone internet-ers stumbled into in the late of night.
With my third pregnancy, I had forgotten about that blog.
Yes, though I loved it. I forgot about it.
But then I remembered when I looked at my Facebook fan page (Have you liked me, yet?) bio and saw a link to that blog. “Oh, yeah. I am paying for the domain of that place.” And “Oh, yeah I am paying for that domain and not writing there… ever.”
I know it’s so sad that this is how I work. But my memory often does fail me, usually, in moments when it really shouldn’t.
Though forgotten, in clicking on that link and reading my old posts, I realized something. I liked The Short Little Bits. I liked writing there and what it meant for my process in becoming a writer. Along with making me a more efficient writer, writing daily, for the first time in my life outside of academia, had the following benefits.
1. It’s cathartic. When you write everyday, you are able to release bits of yourself into the universe. In so doing, you actually feel better.
2. Technically, it helps you become a better writer. Writing is a skill that really does get better with practice. The more you do it, the better you get at it.
3. It allows you to more easily reflect on your life in the present tense. I feel like The Short Little Bits gave like the E! True Hollywood Story, the Behind the Music, the MTV unplugged version of my life these past two years. It gave the version that couldn’t neatly be captured in 1,000 word posts on this or my former blog.
4. It makes you an idea machine. When you get it into your head that you WILL be writing everyday, you force yourself to get into the habit of turning your ideas into something on paper (or a screen). I think some of the writing ideas I’ve pursued on The Short Little Bits are some of the best ideas I’ve shared online. No, really. Don’t believe me? Check out this post and this one and this one. This is good stuff, right? I mean barring the occasional typo/ grammatical error or two, or three, or four.
5. When writing for an audience (even if only one person), you learn to hear better as a writer. I don’t believe that all writing should be done for an audience. I am a strong proponent of journaling as a critical part of any writer’s, any human being’s, writing/life arsenal. Though, I do think that writing for an audience is also a good and necessary skill. Writing for an audience makes you more aware of others. It allows you to hear them when you write. This isn’t always a desired thing, but it’s especially useful for writers with plans to “do” something with their writings.
I don’t write at The Short Little Bits anymore, mainly, because I feel like it has served its purpose. I still do write daily, though, offline. I am less fearful of hitting “publish” and believe myself to be a writer now.
Since my work is done there, I won’t be renewing “The Short Little Bits” domain this year. I will not just delete the blog outright, however. I think I’ll move the posts here and, possibly, continue them for fun when it feels right. Perhaps. I haven’t figured this stuff out yet. But when I do, I’ll let you know!
Do you write everyday? Do you think it helps you as a writer?