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Monthly Archives: August 2011
August 8, 2011Posted by on
No, really, I am. I’ve started dozens of blogs over the years. Originally, like many others, I started writing personal blogs that were really more like online diaries than actual blogs. You know, the kind of thing your mom would love to stumble upon, the kind you only share with your friends, but no one else in the world really gives a rip to read it. Who cares if you failed another test or the cute guy you go to the gym with noticed when you spilled water down your shorts, really?
Obviously, those attempts failed. Partially, that was due to the fact that I realized how innately high school the concept of “personal” blogging was, but I also loved the idea of reaching an audience. Considering I’m not Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, the likelihood of me acquiring an actual audience in personal blogging was rather slim.
Since then I have come to a conclusion I believe is quite reasonable: the best blogs have a theme. I’ve read some amazing blogs on food, book reviews, photography–basically anything under the sun. The biggest problem with a personal blog, other than the fact that most people live boring, absolutely normal lives, is that there is usually no theme to it (however, I have read a blog on “motherhood,” which, one could argue, is a personal blog, but see what they did? They combined “personal” with a theme! Excellent). That conclusion, ultimately, led to my next task: finding a theme.
The one problem with getting a degree in creative writing is that you only really are prepared to do one thing: write. This is awesome in some respects: I have solid, intelligent opinions on writing derived from actual experience; I am respected by other writers as a decent writer myself; and I can get a job in many different writing avenues, such as technical writing, copy writing, and journalism. However, one thing this didn’t help me with was creating a themed blog. Many bloggers with themes are (or should be) very knowledgeable in the area of which their blog focuses. For example, someone who has absolutely no interest in photography would most likely not have a photography blog. Sadly, the only thing I feel genuinely comfortable about is writing, but I couldn’t possibly have a blog on the theme of “writing,” now could I?
So I tried a photography blog (my minor was photography) but ultimately lost interest. My boyfriend and I have a very slow-going blog about food, but we are not exactly up-to-date with the poor, neglected thing. I’ve circulated dozens of ideas between my friends and family, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on something I could actually care enough about to have decent, insightful updates.
That was when I rethought this “no blog on writing” nonsense. I have read other blogs on writing that were, to be somewhat frank, not that good. I would read their work and simply sigh to myself. “I’m a better writer than they are,” I thought. “Why can’t I write on writing like these losers can?”
Then it struck me. I can, and I will. That is what this is. Hopefully this is only the first post of many.