I've been thinking about that a lot recently, expectations. When I write a letter, I feel that the recipient, especially if they know me, expects it to be written in a nice script. I feel as though I would disappoint them if I don't write in a nice script and just write and not "draw letters", which sometimes causes me to lose focus on composition.
I feel the same way if I post a non pen or writing related story here on this blog. I feel like I will disappoint readers if I do not write a post about pens or writing, especially when the followers of this blog are well...interested in pens and writing. But this is not a pen or writing blog! There are others who do that very well, I cannot and choose not to. I just wanted a venue to get my thoughts out although I will likely be blogging about pens and writing most of the time.
This week a pen person I follow on Twiter tweeted about a blog entry that was not about pens. He added a disclaimer that it was not about pens, and there was a disclaimer on his blog post also Was that because he was expected to blog only about pens?
I really like pro golfer Michelle Wie's blog. It was this blog that made me decide to blog. I like her quirkiness, blogging about anything from her art (which caught my attention) to "blinging" shoes to building a tiki bar. Fun stuff!
Then I read a guest blog post on Tranquility Du Jour by Samara O'Shea: author, letter writer, blogger and my friend. The post was about journaling, but the paragraph "Great Expectations" really stood out for me. It was perfect for me, as though she was writing to me in that post. One of my first posts here was about my attempt and failure at journaling because I'm worried about how it will look! Samara's words really hit home! Samara also has her own blog which is the first blog I'd ever read and responded to.
So if I want to write a post to this blog about something other than pens, I will without feeling guilty. If I want to write a meaningful letter and not worry about disappointing the recipient if it's not in a nice script, I will break out that nice comfortable large fountain pen without the flexible nib. Heck I may even use a good ballpoint pen as long as it is nice to look at and feels good in the hand like these older celluloid Visconti ballpoint pens.
They help to make my writing experience more enjoyable.
With that said I need to write a thank you note. So I will ink up my big fat Mont Blanc 149 fountain pen and start that note
without any "fancy writing"...
And Just Write!