Blogging is marvy: How I became a fan
When I first started this website, I just wanted a place to share information about my writing and have a few links to my books. I didn’t really like the idea of blogging. I didn’t read any blogs and considered them a vast wasteland of frivolous musings. If I wanted to read something “real” I’d go get a book. Or if I was really desperate an online article from some respected source. When I launched this site, I didn’t tell people I had a blog. It was a website thank you very much. But over the years, I’ve had a change of heart and I have to say blogging has become my favorite thing to do short of the writing I do for publication. And yes, I’ve even come to enjoy reading posts from some of the many talented and wonderful bloggers out there.
Writing is writing is writing
What changed my mind? Probably the most important factor is that I’ve come to realize writing a blog post is the closest thing to actual writing itself. I say “actual writing” but really blogging is real writing, what I mean is that I generally don’t pen things here that are intended for publication. I pour a lot into what I write here in a way that’s similar to what ends up in my books. Each post is a sort of mini-publishing event, but I don’t put forth the same level of editing, outlining, and agonizing that generally goes into my other work.
I would write more blog posts if I had the time. Then again I’d write more novels if I had the time, too. But the point is that I do so enjoy jotting down little musings over here. I recently read an interview with an author who talked about how she preferred writing for her blog over all other social media and I would definitely concur. Facebook, Twitter, and the rest feel pretty random and superficial to me. I can almost never say what I want to say in 144 characters and for whatever reason people don’t seem to interact with what I share in other mediums. Which is fine by me. Most of what I share there is just a reposting of what I share here first.
This site has been going since 2012 (so about 4 years at the time of this writing). This is my 292nd post (maybe I’ll have to do something special for #300), so that’s almost a post and a half a week. That’s an awful lot of writing. In honor of my “graduation from blogging college” (with a major in The Esoteric and a minor in Eccentricity) I decided to go back and skim through the entire list of everything I’ve posted. In doing so I noticed that most of the posts fell into one of several categories.
- Series on a certain topic or theme
- Personal news
- Inspirational musings
- Lists (i.e 10 of this, 5 of that, etc)
- Reviews of books & movies
- Collaborations with other authors
- Thoughts on writing & my work
- Quotes (usually with a poster graphic)
Skipping the light stochastic
Looking back over these posts was a little like meeting old friends at an unexpected bend in the road. And it occurred to me that the vast majority of it is sitting in a cess pool at the bottom of google’s merciless algorithms. So here is what I propose to do. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to go back through each of these categories and highlight two or three posts of that sort that I am particularly fond of. And then I’ll make a few remarks about why it holds a special place in my memory. Call this my “graduation thesis” if you will.
So here I am blogging about blogging. So meta. But hopefully you’ll enjoy roving back over these memories with me. Might feel a bit random to some, but who knows, we may find some hidden gems!
How about you? How many blogs do you read? If you’re a blogger how often do you write? Is it a chore? A joy? Somewhere in between? Let me know what you think in the comments below.