The prompt: reflect on the blog and the process—reflect on my blog and its construction—is that how I should read this prompt?  I think so. I didn’t construct my blog alone—well, it would be more accurate to say I assisted in its construction: the builder was Jim Groom. My role was to answer questions and make choices about appearance, about content, about purpose.

Perhaps that is the best place to begin for this reflection: purpose. Why have a blog? Why do I have one—well, why do I have a website?  My first thought is that I was told—and still am told—that I had to have one—every writer should have one—for self-promotion, to have an internet presence, to be part of a larger conversation.

All right. Many writers, well known and not so well known (and alas, I include myself among th latter) have their own websites, with accompanying blogs. Some, like Le Guin, for example, have others to maintain the website for them. I don’t, of course, and so I am always behind; my website is never quite up-to-date.

Note to self: update!

Be that as it may, I do understand why this is a good thing, why having an internet presence does indeed self-promote, increase visibility, create a venue for fans, readers, and colleagues to visit and comment on, and keep track of one’s public creative life, as it were. This website is my domain. Http:// is an introduction to me and my fiction.

No, I don’t use it enough. But that might be another story.

But, what seems pertinent here is the ongoing conversation in which I might have a voice. While how much one participates, or how much one should participate, are questions I haven’t yet settled, that such a conversation exists, in its many layers, is important. Blogging, having one’s own domain, not only gives one the opportunity to participate, it allows one to learn about the conversation, and the forums (fora?) in which its many layers, or parts, happen. This is, as Paolo Freire might describe it, generative space. The spark, the fire, of the connections made, the energy of the interactions, can fuel creative fires. In such a forum, meaning can be made.

Or so I would like to believe.  But then this conversation, sustained by blogs, can take the place of the storytelling. Rather than writing, one is blogging about writing.  But then, that is still writing.  But is it storytelling?

A dilemma.

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