You may have noticed that I’ve got this blog-type-thing, here.
Every so often, I give thought as to how I might spice up the joint. I’m not talking so much about the layout (though that, too, has occupied a few wayward brain cells) so much as I am the content.
My deal has always been rather scattershot; I don’t tend to favor any one type of topic, and while one obvious main focus is me promoting my writing, I’m always careful not to overdo that side of things. I’m not particularly fond of people who use blogs and other social media platforms largely if not exclusively as different cogs in their self-promotion machine. If every post, every Facebook update, and/or every Tweet is seemingly nothing more than some flavor of you trying to get me to sample or buy any of your shit, I end up tuning you out, at least until I work up the gumption to simply remove you from my feed.
So, yeah. I don’t want to be that guy.
Generally speaking, I always try for a healthy mix of blog fodder. Little to none of it is of any real import; it’s basically me just babbling about whatever tickles my fancy on any given day. Looking back at the past year or so of posts, I see a fairly decent spectrum of stuff. So far as my writing “career” goes, there’s the monthly writing progress updates, announcements about new projects or something finally making it to shelves. Elsewhere, the occasional gushing over the kids, the odd story/story excerpt or Q&A thread, infrequent yammering about something in the news or how fandom sometimes makes me smile (or laugh…or roll my eyes), or about this or that when I’m feelin’ nostalgic, and so on.
I don’t even really rant like I used to. What the hell happened there? Damn. I must be mellowing with age, or something.
Counting back to the days when I had a Blogger account, I’ve been blogging (or faking same) on a regular basis for well over a decade now. Before that, I had pages on my original website that functioned as a rudimentary journal/update page. I think we can agree that very little from this collection of…well, whatever the hell it is…likely will be remembered next week, let alone years from now when somebody draws a short straw and for reasons surpassing understanding is tasked with compiling information about my so-called writing career. Still, it’s a fun diversion for me, and allows me to connect with friends and people who like my work.
There are those who proclaim “Blogging is dead!” and that’s been supplanted by fleeting missives communicated via Facebook or Twitter or whatever will soon come along that requires you to offer up some sort of focused thought in 10 characters or less, or just via selfies with a range of different facial expressions. I’m not really buying into any of that, and besides, I like a place where I can ramble unchecked.
With that in mind, I’m at least hoping that whatever you find when you stumble over here is entertaining and/or informative to some degree, and worth the time and effort you expend by making the trip in the first place.
Therefore, with such a simple goal established…what do you want to see here?
What am I doing right?
What would you want to see more of?
What’s not working for ya?
Do you want your money back?
Wait…this shit is supposed to be free? Okay. Um, let’s just keep that between us, all right?
Anyway, I’m not looking to supplant any of the Really Cool Blogs out there, or even join their ranks, but those of you who follow me with any regularity do so for some reason or another, and I’m genuinely interested in what makes or which might continue to make the visit worth your while.
And since we’re still early enough in the year for such things, I hope your 2015 is a great one.
We now return you to your lives, already in progress.