Okay, let’s talk turkey.
This blog’s been pretty crap for the last year. Maybe the last couple of years.
Not very coincidentally, the last couple of years have had their difficulties, and it’s been hard to manage all the demands on my time, energy and good spirits. When there are ten things that need attention during a week, and nine of them involve the day job, completing a book or the people I love, it’s just too easy for item #10 -‘write a blog post that doesn’t suck’ – to get dropped into the too-hard basket.
I put too many things in that damn basket. It’s less a basket and more a dumpster.
But I’m tired of throwing things aside. I’m tired of giving up on tasks that I’ve set myself because I decide that I suddenly have something better to do. I’m tired of writing throwaway posts full of hollow ‘wisdom’ that no-one reads or bothers to comment on.
I’m tired – so, so tired – of my weaksauce bullshit.
So here’s the deal.
One blog post, once a week, Sunday nights (Melbourne time).
One blog post, once a week, that’s about something that’s actually interesting, not just housekeeping. Something that I can actually talk about engagingly and meaningfully, rather than just being open questions and neophyte big-noting.
One blog post, once a week, that people might actually read.
…and it’ll probably have silly pictures, yes.
Ironically, this particular post? A bit light on content. I’ve got a project deadline, and I can’t devote too much time tonight to blogging. This is more like the introduction to a period of greater quality, rather than the quality itself. A blog preface, maybe.
But come back next Sunday, when that project’s wrapped up and I have a head full of OPINIONS. Opinions and uncredited images sourced from around the web.
I’ll try to make it worth it.
On a semi-related note, I went through my blog list on Feedly last week and cleared out a few blogs that had gone silent over the last couple of years. And now I am left with a much-diminished set of writing blogs that I follow – Chuck Wendig, Peter Ball, Foz Meadows, some fellow hopeful-up-and-comers. The rest have shuffled off to, I dunno, maybe Instagram. Or finishing books.
So if anyone’s reading this, let me know – what other writers have blogs that you follow? And what makes them worth your attention?
2 replies on “No-one puts Bloggy in the corner”
Hey Patrick! I read your blog. I read a couple of other writers’ blogs. I think it’s because they have a mixture of content relating to their writing, and other more personal topics, opinion pieces, etc. I probably haven’t been very helpful.
Are you coming to my birthday party?
I read Wendig. I think it was you who got me in to him!
Foz is great.
Scalzi is another one I go back to quite often.