I haven't written much on this blog for a long time, as you probably have noticed if you happen to visit here.
Part of it is that there are so many positively great blogs out there. Too many to read them all. There's not really a necessity for one more. Every time I load up the blank typing screen, that's what I start thinking, and it freezes up my writing.
Of course, there's another way to think about it. A blog is like a personal journal or book or essay depository accessible to others. The number of blogs out there doesn't matter so much, in that perspective.
That's how I've been trying to think of it recently. I would really like to start writing here again.
By the way......
It occurred to me just now that my last post with the readability test might look like bragging. And ever since then I've been squirming, wondering whether to delete it altogether. But really, it is not. It's not bragging, and I will prove it. I thought it was amusing that Love2Learn Mom's daughter's blog scored at a higher level than hers, and then when my daughter and I came through with the same disparity, I thought it was even more amusing for the same reason.
But now look at this blog, The Window in the Garden Wall, which is daily quotes from CS Lewis's writing. When I put that link into the readability test, it came up as Elementary level. You see, while there's a place for Genius blogs like my daughter's (BWG) that doesn't mean that "Elementariness" isn't a definite virtue, either.
Flannery O'Connor's blog If Flannery HAd a BLog also has an elementary readability level. Lewis and O'Connor are two of the best modern stylists I can think of.
The daily GK Chesterton blog has a high school reading level. Chesterton's style is unique and can hardly be categorized, but is marvelously vivid and effective.
This blog, John Henry Newman, which is about Newman, with plenty of quotes from his work, gets a college/postgraduate readability. I thought it might. Newman is a first rate stylist, too, but much more in the Ciceronian than the plain style.
And so on.
By the way, if you go to the CS Lewis blog I linked to above, you will find on the sidebar what Aidan describes as "A Lion Toilet!!" (imagine a tone of delight).
I think that's the right note upon which to end this post. Aidan always has the best turn of phrase. If he wrote a blog, I cannot even propose what level of readability he would land at.