19 May 2012 0 Comments

A New Direction.

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to motivate myself to be more active in the blogosphere. I’ve never enjoyed journaling because I’ve always told myself I’m too boring to write about. In fact, that thought has driven me to do much of the writing I have in my career, not realizing I am actually writing about myself a lot of the time, in subtle, quiet ways.

I first created this blog in association with my website, getting the idea from a lot of other artists working in the world that you need to both brand and sell your work. Your voice. I’ve known for a while that I need to figure out how to market myself and my stuff. I had an email conversation with a friend recently where we both questioned our abilities to self-promote. I’ve done it in the past but, like a number of things I have to improve on, I can do better.

I think the problem I have with the blog is its lack of focus. Sometimes the randomocity is charming, right? But for the most part focus helps us improve. I want to be a better blogger, so I’m going to focus my blogging. I want to be a better writer, so I’m going to focus on that. I’m going to blog about writing. How shocking! How original! The writer is going to diatribe about writing? Better unsubscribe while you still have the chance.

Seriously, though. I need to focus on the things I know and the things I want to know. With the occasional review or political brouhaha thrown in for good measure. I’ve done this before, but I’m going to try it again—as I said, with more focus. I’m drafting my first post in this vein as we speak (in the back of my head, anyway). I think I’m going to work on refining some of the topics I teach in my writing classes—writing things down in a different format (in this case to be read and not presented over a podium) often changes how you approach the material. I know I can work on being a better teacher, too.

Don’t worry; there’s still plenty of randomocity in me to go around, and I do enjoy sharing.

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