Now writers know how to edit; we do it all the time. If you don't edit, don't write.
But it is one thing to edit for brevity and clarity. It is an entirely different thing to edit for content. And if you are a blogger, content equals your life.
Do I tell people I laid around in my yoga pants all day and ate
Do I write about the fights with my
Do I tell the world I knit on Saturday, when I should have been working? Do I tell my boss, if he's reading? (Don't worry Hip, I won't charge you for the time, and I'll make it up this week. Got a deadline to meet.)
I had coffee with my brother this morning. He told me to put Paris Hilton's name in today's post because that would guarantee more "hits" (And no, that's not why I did it and I'll erase it if I start getting hits. I wouldn't give her the satisfaction. Unless she knits... Maybe she'll pick it up in jail?) This raises another issue: do I edit to be popular? (I'm flashing back to high school here, and it's not a pretty place to visit.Nuff said.)
I have friends who ask me, "Why are you writing about knitting?" and I tell my
And therein lies the crux of the issue: Do we edit because of what others think? Or do we edit according to what we believe in? I can hear all of you screaming in one voice (all seven of you anyway) "I would never
But if we are honest (and if we aren't, then what's the point of this exercise? Honestly?) we all have to admit to a certain amount of editing. It is part of human nature.
The problem is this. When you become too concerned with what others see when they look at you, you lose your own clear image of the face in the mirror. And you forget where the edits leave off and the real you begins. We all know people like that. Hell, we've been people like that! At least, I have.
So where do you draw the line between your life being an open book and a closed chapter? And when do you step over that line? And why?
I promise you, my readers (Yeah, yeah - all seven of you - I get it!) to get real rather than along, to write what is true (unless someone could be harmed by it,) to move with the spirit and not popular opinion.
To put it in knitting terms for all the non-muggles out there, I will follow the pattern when I need to in order to avoid making a mess of things, but I won't be afraid to modify in order to make the
Time to go cast on...