I’ve been reading John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, recently. This is probably because I read his book, Don’t Live for Your Obituary, which is a collection of his blog posts. I liked what he had to say. And I found that I liked the tone of his blog as it was online, with no editing for publication. There are pictures of sunsets. There are pictures of cats. Who doesn’t like pictures of cats? There are philosophical essays, comments on topics in the news and popular culture, and guest blogs from fellow writers.
I like that he has the gumption to say what he thinks and the humility
to realize that it is only his opinion. I like that he shares his
platform with other writers that don’t have quite the online following that
he has. I like that he shares the prepublication and Advanced Reading
Copies that he gets sent with readers of his blog.
I also like his fiction. I’ve read Old Man’s War and listened to the
audio book of Red Shirts. He is a good writer. I intend to read more of
his work. I hope to become a writer of the same sort as he is. At sixty three, I am getting a rather late start. But we must all have dreams to which we
Reading his blog has made me realize that one thing I could do to
speed my journey to becoming a working author is to give my blog the
attention it deserves. I may not have many readers. In fact, at this
point I have none. But if I write, someone will read it.
In the intervening months since I last wrote on my blog, Facebook has
implemented a policy prohibiting automatic cross posting by third
party apps. That means that I have to manually post a link to my blog
posts when I post them. It seems like that should be easy to do. I’ll
let you know how it goes.
I don’t know how often I’ll post to my blog. I don’t intend to let it
go quite this long again. We’ll just have to see what
happens. Whatever happens, I appreciate all that read my blog. I will
try to make it worth your while.
Sweet dreams, don’t forget to tell the ones you love that you love them, and most important of all, be kind.