A Blog About Blogging

Blogging is fun. It is a way to express yourself. But I'm not quitting my day job just yet!

Blogging a bit for the last few months has really opened my eyes about how much work writing actully is. And how do you spell blogging?  The spell check is stumped by this new word. Oh well.

Writing has never came easy to me. I am dyslexic. I'm not sure to what degree. The first time I ever heard the word was by a person I was sent to see in 4 th grade. And me, after learning what dyslexia was, thought to myself, cool, the perfect excuse to not have to read and study English. In my case learning I was dyslexic may have done me a disservice.

Here is the broad definition of dyslexia from Wikipedia. ( Dyslexia is a broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person's fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read,[1] and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, or rapid naming. ) What did they say???

I will say in grade school the back of my hand was hit more than once by frustrated teachers. I wrote from the bottom up. But I was a good kid overall. My attitude had nothing to do with being hit with a ruler. Nothing. My how public schools have changed over the last 40 years.

To make a long story short I ended up dropping out of high school. I was 15. The dumbest thing I ever did. It was 1980 and it was all about sex, drugs and rock and roll! Well, no sex, but anyway. And I was going to be a famous artist. Who needs school? I did end up passing the high school equivalency exam years later with some luck. I also started to read, and did some college. But it is work, make no mistake about it. Doing well in school is something to be proud of, and also take full advantage of while you can.

They say nothing good comes easy. I think most people, with hard work, and study, can over come dyslexia and even other "disabilities" and do well. Give some people an excuse, like me sometimes, and we will find a way to fail. Maybe by just not doing the hard work involved in studying. I am still just a part time blogger really. Let's just say I am literally challenged. Or is that literaturely?

Obviously writing has never come naturally to me. Sure I have always made notes. Written song lyrics. Little jokes. A little Magazette. Dreamed of writing a book. My book. The greatest book ever written. Ya , ok, I dread the thought actually. I aint getting any younger, and it would take me years. Years!

Yes I have romanticized what a writers life must be like. I thought, " ...a cup of coffee or tea, a candle, relax, put some paper in the typewriter, pet the dog and go to town. Happy happy." Ugh. Maybe sometimes. But it is a grind. And we need them. They work hard and write books. TV shows. Bring us the news and information daily. I'm just glad it's not me having to do it. I will stick to blogging for now.

Blogging is fun, but work for me. Not this one so much, but the ones where I have to look up facts continuously. Double check what I write. Put it all together and have it make sense. It is fun though and I am thrilled to have this blog. But now comes the fun part for me, proof reading. Spell checking. Proof reading again. It has been about two hours total just writing this short blog. The first one was about 2,000 words, which I have condensed.

OK, going on 4 hours and I am still not done. Almost. I am sure with practice I can do this in one take!

Writings are not supposed to stress out the reader. It is supposed to be fun. Look easy. Well, so many hard working writers make it look easy everyday, and I thank them! It is a nice place to visit, blogging, but I would not........

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Scott Williams September 26, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Hey Chris, For starting out dyslexic, this is pretty good stuff. Kudos! I can't spell my own name, and really struggled with reading and writing in grade school too. I don't know if I was dyslexic, but I sure couldn't sit still or shut up in class, especially at reading time. Maybe that difficulty is the reason some of us are fascinated by writing later in life. Anyway, keep on writing!
Chris Kapsalis September 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Thanks Scott! And about sitting still. I wonder if today someone like Thomas Edison would have been given pills young to not drive teachers crazy and muffled his genius? There is no black and white test for dyslexia like other things, like being hearing impaired or visually impaired, so I am not even sure if I truly was. I was told I was. And you might be right. We always want what we can't have or what seems impossible, maybe the best writers are bored with it, not challenged by it, and never write much and we all lose out? Your writings are very good and I would have never guessed you can't spell. Thank God for spell check eh? :)


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