“Why should I read your blog?”
If someone had bothered to ask this question before, my response would likely have been something along the lines of: “um…well….fuck if I know?” Because I’m apparently very classy that way.
It doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought about it. I’ve thought about it a LOT. I’ve thought about it so much, in fact, that I would periodically avoid blogging because I couldn’t answer that question to save my life. That can’t be very reassuring to any one who has spent time reading this blog. So how do I rectify that? Well, figuring out the direction of the blog would help. How do I figure that out?
Well, most of the blogs that keep me coming back time and time again usually have something to offer, even if it’s just a personal account of their life. But I’m an aspiring author, I’m still learning things, what could I possibly have to offer? But there are lots and lots of blogs by aspiring authors…! How then do I distinguish myself, and by extension this blog, from the horde of others?
It starts with asking myself who I am and what’s really important to me…so I asked.
Then I thought…
And I thought….
And I thought some more…
And then I smacked my head against the desk because, once I arrived at the answer, it seemed ridiculously obvious.
I’m a writer. I’m also an artist. Why haven’t I combined these two passions here? Especially since this is where I’ve been advertising that I’m open for commissions? This is something I can offer that’s legitimately personal to me but also something I can share that could be of interest to others. Something I wish other writers who are also artists would indulge in. Who knows? Maybe there are some who do and I just haven’t come across them yet. Either way, I’m going to give it a try.
What else do I have to offer? Well…
Raining Ink: A New Direction
From now on, I’m going to attempt to adhere to a blogging schedule. I’ve tried this before in a much more vague way that never worked for me…now that I have some structure though? I think it could be doable. I’m certainly open to suggestions though!
Illustration Mondays: Every Monday, I will upload concept sketches and illustrations related to my current WIPs. This will not only light a fire under my butt to go ahead and actually DO the work that is integral to my personal plotting process, but also give me a platform to share my original artwork with interested parties.
Found Poetry Tuesdays: Poetry has always been a secret passion of mine. Some of my work is far too personal for me to share. Over the last few months, I have come to appreciate Found Poetry. I’ve tried it out a few times myself, and because they are largely inspired pieces due to the nature of the source material, I’d be a little more comfortable sharing them. I will not, however, post the actual source material in the interest of protecting the innocent.
WIP Wednesday: Mostly me doing what I usually do. Rambling on about my latest WIP, any progress I’ve made, if I hit a wall and how I’m trying to get around it, etc.
Whatcha Readin’ Thursdays: Book discussion. It’ll be a little different from my reviews on Black Sun Reviews, I won’t be so much reviewing as…discussing. And you’re all welcome to join in!
Fact Fridays:Any interesting tidbits I learned through the week. Knowing me, it’ll be mainly things I came across whilst perusing Cracked, but you never know. I may just surprise you.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Fire away!