Bandwagon – #Blaugust21 Wrap-Up

I’ve got a lot of things on my mind today, but they’re not cooked enough for a post yet, I think. In the meantime, I may as well jump on this wrap-up train and make a few comments and observations.

I remain grateful that Belghast continues to organize the event. It provides a nice combination of features that help kickstart my own engagement. It provides a handy goal, daily posting in my case, and some fall-back prompts that help cement the practice as part of my routine. It hasn’t always been enough to keep me engaged, but life is also complicated and that’s no fault of the event itself. Even a months worth of participation is better than having none. Even a single post increases the overall level of activity.

The list of participants and their respective post counts can be found here. Every participant deserves a pat on the back. Metaphorically, at least.

I’ve noticed that overall participation is down from the Blaugust Reborn event in 2018. That’s when I started, so it serves as a bit of a baseline for me, I suppose. We had about 90 bloggers in the first year, followed by 70, 47, and 45 respectively. I’ll admit that I’m more than a little curious as to the cause, but don’t feel comfortable speculating. I was more or less on hiatus before and even when actively writing am not “in touch” with the larger blogging community. Still, two of those 45 are new, and I guess I came back as well, so it’s doing what it’s supposed to do.

I’ve spent a lot of the last month quietly questioning my content quality and direction. While posting daily is good for creating the habit itself, it means that I often find myself pulling poorly thought out ideas out of thin air and committing them to a post. I would prefer to include something with slightly more substance. I’ve considered splitting the blog in two, with one dedicated to my more random musings and the other reserved for the structured and fleshed out ideas. Of course, I’ve always kept to the one because it suits the name quite well. It’s an Unidentified Signal Source because half the time even I don’t know where I’m coming from. Or where I’m going, for that matter.

Now, however, comes what I’ve always considered to be the hard part. With Blaugust behind us, the training wheels are off and I have to continue solely on self-motivation. A task that was somewhat easier in the first couple of years than it is now. Maybe I shall consider that my own challenge. Finding a new normal to work within.

Y’all take care. Excelsior.

3 thoughts on “Bandwagon – #Blaugust21 Wrap-Up

  1. This may sound weird, but I kind of enjoy random musings and kind of watching a person’s thoughts sort themselves out over the course of a post. It makes a blog feel more like a conversation and less like a magazine article that has had all the rough but often interesting imperfections polished out by a team of copy editors.

    (Assume for the moment that magazines with copy editors still existed…)

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    1. I second that. I do like polished articles too, but blogging to me is more of an open diary kind of deal. I enjoy the more conversational blogs a lot and it’s very interesting to see people working their thoughts out in quasi-real time, even though of course I know those thoughts have been re-read, altered and put into at least some kind of order before anyone hit “Publish”. Or I assume they have…

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      1. I mostly proofread and edit as I go. Re-reading is the enemy. If I allow myself to do too much of that, I begin to second guess myself and end up not posting it because I’ve “thought it out” and no longer see the value.

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