So here we are, another year forward. The mess that was 2014 has passed us by and for some reason a new notch on the calendar has everyone convinced that they can reinvent themselves anew. Many people go through the same process every year, full of vim and vinegar with the idea that now will be the time.
I can’t say that I’m much different in that regard.
This will the the third major time that I’m promised myself to start blogging on a regular basis. 500 words, every single day. I have a former co-worker, Pete Davison, who has largely stuck by his promise years ago to write one blog post a day. I hazard that why Pete was able to bust out rather large articles at the drop of a hat. It’s a skill I’d like to have myself. (If you’ve read my blog, you’ve heard most of this before. Like I said, I have issues.)
I’m also in the process of trying to find my voice. My work for USgamer is solid, but I think it could be better. When I read work by Jeremy or Jaz, it’s clear that you’re getting something written in their unique dialect. I don’t think i’m quite there yet, probably because I’ve only been doing this professionally for two years. Prior to that, most of my professional writing was in technical documents and statements of work; formats that required me to strip out my personal voice. I’m also a rather reserved person emotionally, so letting it all hang out in my writing has been difficult.
Writing, like any other task, must be exercised. It’s like a muscle. If you want to to get better, you have to use it more often. If you want it to be a versatile tool, you have to try it out in various fashions.
To that end, I’m going to try to not only write more every day, but expand the scope of my writing in different directions. Not just the work I do at USgamer, but blog posts like this one. Short stories, work based on writing prompts, comic scripts. I’m going to play around a bit with my form and function. I’m probably also going to do more video this year, as I have a new set of tools. Hell, I’m probably just going to fuck around with entertaining myself by creating things in 2015.
Most of these experiments will be horribly bad. I’m sorry for this. On the bright side, it’ll be stuck in my own personal corner of the internet, so if it’s inflicted upon you, that’s mostly your own fault. Too bad, so sad. At the very least, you’ll have more ammunition to use against me if you meet me in person. “Hey, that thing you wrote last month suuuuuucked.” I’m fine with that. And if I do something really good, it’ll end up on Medium I guess.
So, is fourth time the charm? Yeah, I’m feeling good and upbeat about this one I guess. I even wrote a “Because I Said I Would” card for it. Lots of people do very powerful things with these little cards, so I’d feel like I’d be letting someone larger motivational force by not keeping my promise. Wish me luck.
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