As I delve further into this month of daily bloggery, the idea of continuing after the April 14th grows on me.
I’ve always loved writing, but never seemed to have the time to develop a voice in blogging. After a few failed starts, I’m happy to be doing this now. George and I have a lot of pictures together and they aren’t doing any good sitting on my hard disk. Also, living abroad for such a long time it’s healthy to reflect on ideas or issues possibly taken for granted.
I hope to do more of the cultural reflection in the future, especially in relation to my current host country, Russia. An often misunderstood place for many reasons, but also a highly magnetic place. I’ll not go into it all here just yet. That will take more energy and coffee.
I will briefly mention a site I came upon today in some internet wandery on Imgur:
A gamified version of writing for yourself, it’s drafting or ‘freewriting’ for the more private crowd. I say gamified because if you do certain things, you get badges and such like – a very cool idea that’s creeping into education and many other areas of life. It works for some, others not. Either way, if you need a place to push out a word limit and keep your ideas fresh, it’s a great wee site.
Whether you feel comfortable putting your deepest and darkest secrets anywhere on the interweb is, of course, up to you. However, should you do so on a regular basis, the site has very cool linguistic features to analyse your writing, but more specifically, your brain/subconscious.
Unfortunately, as of June 2013 it’s a pay-site. You get a free month, though. I’ll see if I can keep it up to make it worth the $5 per month.