Writing a blog three times a week can change the way you think about everything.
Specifically, whenever I read a book, see a movie, play a game, or have a thought, I ask “should I blog about this?”
Some of it is born out of the basic problem of trying to find something to talk about. Talking to you for the last year has probably made me a more interesting person, or has at least forced me to seem like one. I’ve been reading more, writing more, thinking and praying more, but the way I think about what I’m doing is very different from a year ago.
Let me show you what I mean:
I bought a new $60 android tablet. You’ll probably see a review. I’m reading Stephen King’s Under The Dome. Possibly an essay of what I learned about writing from Stephen King. I’m playing Defender’s Quest. No need for a review (though I’ll probably still do one if I can stop playing the game) instabuy! I saw The Hobbit. Well, maybe not. And yeah, I’m not going to live blog the Golden Globes (during which I’m writing this), but I thought about it. A lot of what you see on the blog on Wednesdays has come out of a conversation with my dad over beer the night before (this post shares that honor).
It’s not that I did any of these things specifically because I wanted to blog about them, but once I’d invested some time in them, I think about what I might be able to get back, y’know besides just enjoyment.
A lot of it is about wanting to share the things I love with others, or helping people solve a technical problem, but let’s face it some of it is about having something to talk about. Now it’s hard to create something out of nothing. I doubt I’d have many new insights to share about writing unless I was doing it, and I’m a big believer in sharing the wealth when I spend some time trying to figure out how to do something. And as an avid listener of Pop Culture Happy Hour, I’m a lover of recommendations and reviews as much as anyone.
But what am I doing that’s just for me?
Well, that’s just it isn’t it? If I told you then it wouldn’t be. 😉
So let’s ask the bigger general question: Is it important to have an outside life or one that you’re not going to share with hundreds (and hopefully one day thousands of people)? Is it important to do things just because you want to do them, or because they help you personally, and not share with others?
I don’t know … (well I’m probably not going to do any more album reviews, that’s why you saw only one).
But otherwise, I like to share. I do know how to have a private life, and you’d probably get bored if every stray thought I have makes it onto the page.
But the things I love, the things I experience, the writing thoughts I have, you’ll probably see them.
But not the Golden Globes I promise. Unless I drink a couple more glasses of wine 🙂