blogging and introspecting

It is one week into my a-blog-a-day-for-a-month decision, and hence it is time for a quick review of what I’ve managed and what I haven’t.

Looking back, I notice that most of my entries (the bigger, and perhaps better ones) centered around caregiving. They were also easier to write. Which is strange, because I do have enough going on in my life in addition to caregiving.

For example, I have co-authored a business novel which has just reached the marketplace (only through a website now, but that may change). This 300 page book, first drafted during NaNoWriMo 2005, has taken up a substantial part of my time and energy in the last few years, especially in the last few months. Yet, much though this project means to me, I don’t feel it is (as of now) blog-worthy.

Or consider my attempts at writing speculative fiction (psst… note the operative word: attempts 🙂 Time has been a scarce commodity in the last few years, but I have been chipping away at this domain, trying to grasp what makes a story in this genre work at a deep, meaningful level, and possibly I do have thoughts and insights on it. Yet, I have not considered (again, not yet) blogging about it.

I have also not thought of blogging about how I just completed a couple of 1000 pc jigsaws, or how my son was home for a two week vacation and I enjoyed it (I made him cook for me, not the way Indian mothers are supposed to pamper sons, but then, I’m not all that much of a mother to him).

When I check what I did want to blog about, it was mainly caregiving, and to some extent, my comments on books I read. I tried to make myself blog on other things, and didn’t quite manage. I suspect this is because I want to think about and share about these aspects of my life and lack a community to interact with. Not that my blogs are sizzling with hits, but the act of blogging makes me feel there may be someone out there who reads this entry, and I feel surrounded by potential readers and friends.

I have also found that writing a blog entry forces me to think through stuff that is important, and I feel clearer about things at the end (well, most of the time 😉

So, for my subsequent entries, I will stay focused on the areas where I have thoughts and introspections to share–I have been doing this in the past, but now it is my stated purpose, and my focus.

When I took a blog on wordpress, I knew nothing about blogging, of why people do it, how they get or give comments, or decide which blogs to read, or what a pingback is, etcetera. I assumed I would learn as I go along. Well, six months down the line, I remain gleefully uninformed, but now I don’t think I will focus on managing my blogging to ‘achieve’ something.  I shall go through the entries I have made, rank which entries were most gratifying to create, and stick to that type. I may add other areas I often think about, like joint families, relationships, culture, and atheism, but I expect most of my entries to be driven by introspection based on reading or experience or interactions, and not descriptions of events or listings of my achievements (when they happen). In that sense, I see blogging as a sort of musing, a diary, of things that touch me at some deeper level.

Now to do my analysis…

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About Swapna Kishore
I'm a writer, blogger, and resource person for dementia/ caregiving in India. I have also been a dementia caregiver for well over a decade, and am deeply concerned about dementia care in India; on this blog I share my personal caregiving journey, my experiences as a resource person for dementia care, and musings on life, aging, dementia in India, and such sundries. More about me and the work I do for dementia care. For structured information on dementia, for discussions, tools and tips on caregiving issues, for resources in India, and for caregiver interviews, please check my website http://dementiacarenotes.in (or its Hindi version, http://dementiahindi.com). For videos on dementia caregiving (English and Hindi), check the youtube channel here.

One Response to blogging and introspecting

  1. austere says:

    Congratulations on the book.
    And the son who cooks. 🙂

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