In 5+ years of fairly regular and consistent blogging, I can count on one hand the number of posts that were actually planned ahead. I think that planning ahead could make the whole enterprise easier sometimes -- especially when one is striving for some blogging regularity. I often think about planning ahead and even commence to plan ahead (usually by taking photographs of many different things).
I commenced planning ahead on Saturday. I remember the thought running through my head as I walked through the tall grass and shot through the back door of the greenhouse. "I'm on my way to Knitting Camp (a post), but this greenhouse might make a good future post -- photos, at least." Yeah. There are at least five separate things in yesterday's post -- the mural, the greenhouse, rural small towns and landscape, family history and cemeteries, knitting camp and old and new friends.
I guess I can't hold back. When I begin to write a post, it's like the floodgate has opened and everything that's been in or on my mind comes rushing out -- it's very difficult (maybe even impossible) to stop it! It's kind of organic, too, in that sometimes what I think will be the main thing gets overtaken by something else and the whole post is hijacked -- by my own hand! In the interest of space, length and time, I might not write everything I initially thought I would, or post all of the photos, but I have to write about everything all at once! Like I might forget? I sometimes think I'll get back to a subject, expand it (or expound on it) further, but that's pretty rare. I'm spontaneous... other stuff comes up. I might also have some personal issues with schedules and programming, maybe also with accountability, more likely with authority. Ten Things on Tuesday, Random Wednesday, Eye Candy Friday, Saturday Sky... they often happen (randomly) on any day other than the designated day. If only for the sake of regularity, it would seem logical to embrace those things!
So, I'm just thinking out loud... Of course I know that it's my blog and I can do as I wish, when I wish, about which whatever I wish, however I wish to do it. Heh. One thing I've been striving for lately, however, is to have photos in every post -- a few have slipped by without, but I'm going to do better. The problem is that photos can be a pain in the butt and when I use up all my recent and new subject matter (with photos) in a post on Monday, it leaves nothing for Tuesday.
This morning I remembered that I have a camera phone at my disposal nearly every minute of every day!
Mondays are particularly active on the community mural and yesterday was no exception. This has been a favorite part from the very beginning and I'm delighted to see it coming to life!