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New Site – What Do You Think?

January 4, 2009

Hi, there! As many of you know, I’ve never quite gotten the hang of blogging…not at Futurismic, and certainly not with my LiveJournal. But for some reason I still feel compelled to give it a shot, and to that end I thought a new blog and website might be a good way to ring in 2009. Many, many thanks to Jenn for setting this all up for me, and very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I barely have any material in mind yet…doh!

Anyway, what do you think of the site? It’s set up to cross-post to my LiveJournal, so anyone signed up on that feed should see my new posts, and comments can be made in either place.

It will come as a surprise to many people that I used to be a very vocal and opinionated person, particularly about science fiction. It has been brought to my attention — well, actually, I kind of noticed it myself too — that anybody who knows me from online would have no idea that I’m opinionated. I don’t know what exactly happened — stage fright, professional paranoia, whatever — but for some reason when I write things for the whole world (theoretically) to see, there doesn’t seem to be much me in my writing. Somewhere along the way I got cautious and stilted and boring, and wrote blog posts like someone convinced nobody gave a shit what I thought about anything. It made for a pretty dull journal, and maybe that’s why I never kept up with it.

Well, I’m still convinced nobody gives a shit, but this time I’m going to try not to give a shit about that. 🙂

I want to get back into the habit of being opinionated — particularly about fiction, film, TV, music — and try to have some fun sharing those opinions. I am a media junkie to the core, and at worst I’d like this to be a record — for myself, if nobody else — of my likes and dislikes from all the reading and viewing and listening I do. I’d also like to keep people up to date on what’s happening in my life in general, and with my work on Futurismic, and I’ll probably have other random thoughts along the way as well.

Who knows, maybe I will charge headlong into this blog and then sputter out again. Or, maybe I will write a ton of blog posts nobody wants to read. But I’m looking forward to giving it a shot, and trying to make a habit of it, and maybe I can rediscover a little of my writing voice in the process.

So take a look around at my humble digs, and let me know what you think!

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  • Karen January 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Eh, the internet is jam-packed with people spouting their opinions left and right, and pretty much nobody gives a shit about any of them either, which is kind of freeing if you think about it. Writing about what interests you because you want to keep track of it is a very sane way to approach the process. I’m always interested in hearing about all the different things people find in their reading and viewing and listening, so I’ll look forward to hearing what you’ve got to say! If you get too self-conscious, you can always turn off comments, at least temporarily — it’s a visceral way to make the point (even if just to yourself) that you aren’t doing this for anyone else’s approval.

  • Roe January 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Hey, welcome to your new space! 😀 And, yes, we do give a shit, so WRITE, dangit!

  • Judith January 5, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Yo Chris! Good to see you back.

  • Chris East January 5, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for the encouragement! Good advice about the comments, Karen. I’ll keep that idea in my back pocket if I start to get hinky. We’ll see how it goes for now!

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