Every day on my Apple Note app I get to stare at a blank white rectangle. Sometimes a few ideas enter my consciousness, on other days all I see is that white rectangle and wonder how best to fill it.
My SwiftKey app (thank you Bill Gates), offers me the use of 26 letters, plus a plethora of numbers, punctuation, signs and emojis, which I can arrange in a variety of different orders, some of which might even make sense.
Along with the text I could chuck in some web links, I could even throw in some pictures, but the space is all mine to fill in any way I choose.
Today is one of those white rectangle days, I could…
… write something almost original that will be linked to websites around the world (London’s top secret tower)
… write something prosaic about my life that doesn’t even raise one comment (Where Are We?)
… write something that gives me personal blog satisfaction (statistics 2021)
… copy a chunk of witty text off someone else’s site and modify it, in the hope that everyone thinks I wrote it (Metacognition)
… republish something I wrote on here many years ago in the hope that nobody notices it’s a repeat (Previously posted: Weather we care)
… list a lot of other websites that have come up with something much more interesting than anything I could think of (London links)
… write just nine paragraphs that take all evening to compose (A period of inactivity)
… write something with spelling or grammatical mistakes that people will delight in picking me up (Everyone is entitled to my opinion)
… write something controversial that ends up getting lots of derogatory comments (ULEZ Zone)
… write something controversial merely to try to get lots of comments, derogatory or otherwise (ULEZ Zone)
… write something cathartic that gives readers an insight into myself (Why won’t the blog just write itself?)
… write something that will be ignored by everyone on the world wide web (Cabbie’s dead end)
… write something that is not particularly about London, but it fills a slot (Search Me!)
… just fill the space by writing something about writing something – although I’d never do that, of course, because it would be cheap and easy (A blank white space)
A blog is a blank canvas ready and waiting each day to be filled by something – anything. The only limits here are time, imagination and one’s creative ability. The best blogs are those where you know the theme, but never quite know what angle someone’s going to find to post next, but you know that whatever it is, it’s probably worth reading.
They’re the blogs you go back and read time and time again, and as you’ve reached the end of this rather self-indulgent post I suggest you are willing to read and return to this little corner of the cyberverse.
I like writing my blog because I never quite know what’s going to pop up in my thoughts and what I’m going to write next either.
There you go, that’s another daily white rectangle filled. I wonder what I’m going to write tomorrow…