Friday, March 24, 2017

This is not my beautiful blog

Sometimes I think this blog has multiple personalities.

Other times I think I have multiple personalities.


Every now and then I have a moment of cognitive dissonance around here: wait, wasn't I going to use the blog as therapy? Why am I writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then? And not even the beloved series, but the film no one cares about!

Writing about yourself has its limits. I've done it a lot here, but usually filtered through popular culture musings. That's how I'm most comfortable doing it, I suppose. Sometimes those reflections turn further inward. Things get real, as we used to say in the '90s. Mostly though, this space is for enthusing about books and movies and music and whatever else I'm hooked on at the moment, or have been hooked on at some point in my life.

I've started some recurring features in the last year in order to help organize my thoughts and provide a rough outline for future posts. "It Came From the '90s" has been an awful lot of fun to write, in fact, probably the most enjoyable stuff I've written here. I have at least countless more ideas for future posts in that series.

I'm hoping to start a new series on music, focusing on one band or artist for a stretch, with each post looking at one song. I know what band I'm starting with, so that should kick off soon. This will likely supplant my older music feature, "Songs in the Key of Life," at least for now. I never found the groove with that one and I feel like most of them were overlong and could have used some tightening. Oh well. Live and learn, and all that.

My reading for pleasure lately has been derailed by the usual late-winter stuff: work, colds, and kids. "Barely Making a Dent" really keeps me honest about my reading though, so be on the lookout for more of that.  I'm toying with another book-related series: blogging about Stephen King's It as I'm reading it. This would entail a series of posts, spread out over months, most likely (because the book is long, you guys, and I'm busy). They won't be comprehensive reviews or anything like that. I'm thinking more along the lines of short, quick hits on what I've just read. If that sounds disjointed, well, so be it.

Doing a sort of "quick hits" regular feature sounds interesting to me also, where I might just write simply and briefly about things I'm thinking about at the moment—politics, daily life, music, etc.—without needing to expound. Sometimes my impediment to writing here comes from trying to fit everything into something else. That's fine and even necessary when I'm writing at other websites, but here it's nice to have fewer restrictions, more room to roam.

So those are a few potential things to look forward down the road. But what was my point, again? I don't think I have one, honestly, but I riffed on a line from a great Talking Heads song in the title of this post, so, that's cool.

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