July 1, 2008
I’ve recently been catching up on the Showtime program Californication. Centered around mid-life crisis sufferer Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny), the show is packed with sex and sarcasm. A subplot follows the lead as his career as a novelist dead ends due to writer’s block, leaving him with no choice but to take a paying blogger gig. Which the show portrays as a huge blow to the character’s ego.
And that got me thinking…
Ever since I became a prolific blogger, the fiction writer in me has disappeared.
The writing styles are clearly different, and blogging, quite honestly, helps me pay the bills (while fiction was only a hobby). Interesting, because as far as I’m concerned, I’ve always found that writing breeds writing.
I’m curious to hear if you’ve experienced anything similar. Answer this question in the comments section below:
SINCE YOU’VE STARTED BLOGGING YOU…
a) Write more fiction
b) Write less fiction
c) You never wrote fiction to begin with
Now that I’m aware that I’ve turned my back on true ‘creative writing,’ I will make a conscious effort to incorporate it back into my life.
Finally I find myself writing for volume the way I always tried to discipline myself to do, yet the format is different than I expected.
Tags: Blogging, californication, fiction, writing
June 16, 2008
If you come across a product, service or establishment that pisses you off, and you’re a blogger, there’s a good chance that you’ll use your blog as a venue to share your feelings with the world. Before you refocus your anger to the keyboard, think twice before typing and posting.
There are two adages that come into play here:
“If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.”
“There’s no such thing as bad press.”
If you still can’t resist the urge, and have a compulsion to post (many bloggers are obsessive personality types), ask yourself the following:
- Does the entry match my blog’s content?
- Will readers care
- Would I be satisfied if this blog post comes to represent my entire blog?
What do YOU think? Does this sound advice apply to the blogosphere?
Tags: blogger, Blogging, rant, vent, writing
May 22, 2008
As someone who loves to blog, I am often super careful to avoid “headline bait.” These are the headlines you click on because they grab your attention. You arrive at the story, only to be disappointed that the article is about something else entirely.
Quite frankly, you end up feeling ‘suckered.’
In a rare moment of weakness, I got Punk’d by CNN this morning. One of their top headlines:
Star dies an explosive death
Thinking that some Hollywood B-lister smashed his car into a wall, I quickly clicked over – only to be met with some astronomy junk that I could care less about.
I don’t really deserve better. After all, what kind of perverse sicko wants to read about the misfortunes of a ‘star.’
So what do you think? Do headlines like the one above get credited as good headlines or as a sucker punch?
Tags: headline, writing
April 15, 2008
Career blogger Penelope Trunk recently had an interesting post outlining five reasons why typos on blogs are a fact of life and that complaining about them is “stupid.”
From spell checker dropping the ball to the age-old argument that spelling is not tied to intelligence, Penelope goes as far as warning about the dangers of perfectionism.
If errors bother you a lot, consider that you might be a perfectionist, which is a disorder. Perfectionists are more likely to be depressed than other people because no amount of work seems like enough. They are more likely to be unhappy with their work because delegating is nearly impossible if you are a perfectionist. And they are more likely to have social problems because people mired in details cannot look up and notice the nuances of what matters to other people.
It is my belief that the majority of bloggers would rather spend their time coming up with something interesting to write about rather than looking up the difference between a colon and a semi. Plus, since many bloggers have adopted English as a second language, you can’t expect things to be perfect. However, I do admit that I take notice of typos on several top blogs and scratch my head over their level of caution. While it doesn’t make me doubt the validity of what they are talking about, it does raise a red flag.
What’s your take on typos? A fact of life or an unacceptable practice?
Tags: blog, Bloggers, Blogging, content, errors, typos, writing