In which I ramble about blogging and the meaning of life.
Alright, how’s it going, alright?
It’s been a little while, I know.
Sometimes I struggle with this blog, because I don’t really know the point of it. When I first started writing here, about five and a half years ago, I saw it as a place for witty pop culture commentary. And I liked that. But then I started screenwriting, and wanted to write about that too. I wanted to build an audience, a community of writers and pop culture nerds. But while my Twitter following grew (slowly, but surely), that never seemed to translate to here. I felt like I was shouting (well, typing) into the void. Entries grew more and more sporadic, and the blog as a whole felt less and less cohesive.
Alex recently made some changes over at Adventures in TV-Land, abandoning her blog’s Facebook page (something I quietly did a while back) and starting a newsletter (like Mel Campbell‘s!) instead, and her actions have inspired me to come back to this space, and try to write more (which is not to say that I haven’t been writing – 90% of my day job is writing – I just haven’t been writing enough).
The last time I really found myself excited about blogging was during last year’s “12 Days of Christmas Episodes” experiment – even though it was a stupid task to take on during such a busy time of year, and keeping up with my self-imposed deadlines had me watching episodes of Gilmore Girls through headphones on the floor of my boyfriend’s childhood bedroom at some ungodly hour of the morning. In fact, maybe that’s the reason I enjoyed it so much – any excuse to rewatch Gilmore Girls. I can pretty much guarantee that the “12 Days of Christmas Episodes” will return towards the end of the year.
One of the biggest issues I have with blogging at the moment is this idea that blogs should exist to help others. So many blogs are filled with “life tips” and “how-to” guides – like buying a domain name and some hosting automatically elevates you to “guru” status – and I don’t feel qualified to be writing such things. Not on a blog scale, anyway. And I’m not particularly interested in them, either. There are certain areas and topics that I am comfortable advising on, but I’d prefer to do so in a less-public environment, on a case-by-case basis. Not publicly on the internet where nothing is ever forgotten and I could be torn to shreds for accidentally saying the wrong thing. Maybe I’ll occasionally offer some words of wisdom, but that’s not really the point of this blog. (Not right now, anyway. This could change in the future. I doubt it will, but just in case…)
I’m not here to teach you how to live your life. That’s for you to work out on your own. I just want to write about books and television and music and writing. Maybe you’ll learn something, maybe you’ll be entertained. Either way, I’m grateful that you’re reading, and I’d like to hear what you have to say.