Monday, April 12, 2010

Blog Browsing

So after realizing that the "next blog" feature on blogger finally gives me blogs that are similar to my own/my interests, I've been doing a bit of blog browsing. I've come across a lot of interesting ones and I thought I'd share them here.

I've found some that are by fellow writers who I can relate to:

I've found a blog that is very similar to what I had first envisioned this blog to be:

And I found some blogs that potentially fall into the first category, but are more likely to bring a strong element of personal stories into the blog which only makes for more interest by the reader:

After reading some of these blogs, I began to think of how my blog could grow and change. I often feel bad that it's not as I first envisioned it, I'm always rationalizing how this post or that post does relate to the subject of fantasy/scifi/speculative fiction writing and I'm not a person who likes to talk about myself that much (for fear that others are inevitably not listening anyways and by doing that they are reinforcing my belief that no one cares, or at least not about me), but these blogs make me feel like pulling out the drama and putting it on display. When I first started this blog, I had a sister blog as well, one that was just supposed to be about me and my "adventures" (zoom forward 2 years to see me in relatively the same place and quite adventureless) but I had always assumed that those two blogs would be separate entities. Shortly after beginning blogging, the other blog died and became a graveyard for possible backgrounds for this blog as I was doing some re-visioning of the layout. So my personal story, the dramatic and serious part, goes unsaid (as with my day to day life) and maybe that is how it is supposed to be. I still can't stop the nagging voice that says that it's okay for this blog to be something different.

If I were to create a plan for this blog it would be:

Step 1: Release the initial idea for this blog, once and for all. If it was meant to be, the blog will eventually find its way back down that path. Other people are out there giving advice and chatting up writing, so I don't have to feel bad about not continuing that avenue.

Step 2: Be okay with having all the posts be a joke. I love to laugh, I love to make other people laugh. It's okay not to be serious.

Step 3: Be okay with being serious. If you gotta drop drama on the Internet to let it go, then so be it. Don't worry if people lose interest, stop reading, send hate mail. Maybe someone will think your life story is interesting and check back to make sure you're okay once in a while ;)

Step 4: Be okay with knowing that this is pretty much your only creative outlet at this time. With work and school work you're not doing much else writing wise, so embrace the one thing you do spend time on creatively (this blog) and let it be what it will be. Creative expression can take on all forms and go in directions never before envisioned.

Step 5: Stop making this list and get back to blogging!

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