A Post on Future Posts

I just noticed that I have 42 drafts under posts on my blog. Most of them are just a few words long or even just a title. That’s how I do things – write down titles which could become future posts. And now look at this, the future titles themselves have become a post. Mind-boggling, I know.

This is something I do frequently, think of a cool sounding title and then tuck it away for another day. Sometimes they never come to fruition and sometimes I can’t even remember what I meant to talk about months after creating a draft of a title.

For example, I have one draft post entitled “13,481”. I have no idea what that number means. I guess I’ll have to get creative some day.

I don’t only write blog posts this way. I also write short plays and songs like this as well. In fact, I remember doing the same thing with my friend in college. We would yell out the name of a yet to be written poem and then we’d each write it to see how completely different they would be.

I probably have more than ten dramatic sketches, yet to be written, with only a title to their name. I like the challenge of trying to think what kind of story would fit with which kind of title. Once I wrote down the name “GeneRations”, thinking it would be clever to write a play about society rationing genes. You’ll notice that it also spells “generations”. However, my show called “For All Generations” come and went last year and I never used “GeneRations” for it, but I eventually wrote a script for the title when a new idea popped in. It’s a fun creative process, a jumping off of point I guess you could say. If you ever get stuck about what to write about, give it a title first, and then see what can flow from it.

Here’s some titles of future blog posts which are currently sitting in my drafts:

“Education is wasted on youth”

“Don’t Sound Pretentious, but Don’t Dumb It Down”

“The Internet is Great for This: Passing on Stupid Ideas”

“Where the money is”

“Honesty and Writing”

I have about 37 more of these at this current writing. I really don’t know what these above posts will be about, exactly, but when I finally sit down to write them, it should be exciting to find out what they mean.

 

Blogging in 2014 has been really fun!

Such a cheesy title to a blog post. But that’s all right. What’s Dec 31 without a little cheese? I always end the year with a good spinach-artichoke-cheese dip anyways. Come to think of it, I usually back up that dip with a good chili-cheese dip as well. So there!

2014 has been a busy and rewarding year blogging for me. I got a post up every single day of the year with only one exception. The posts have been varied. They’ve been about writing, history, drama, culture, life. (Hey, isn’t that the subtitle of my website? Wow, I must be paying attention!) ┬áMy biggest post of the year was about the French Revolution. Gotta love all those school kids writing research papers!

And while my website/blog is still small in modest in almost every way possible, it’s been fun to see the increased traffic and interest in many of the topics I’ve approached. Actually, when I compare the numbers with 2013, some great strides have been made:

  • I’ve had quadruple the ‘likes’ in 2014 as in 2013.
  • I’ve had three times as many visitors in 2014 as compared to 2013.
  • And 2.8 times as many views in 2014 as compared with 2013.

Sept – Dec 2014 have been my four biggest months ever in terms of visitors and views.

I’m really grateful to everyone who has followed the blog or just popped on over through a random Google search. I’ve appreciated every comment, share, click, link and any other applicable verb which was committed on my site.

2015 promises to be a lot of fun. I’m hoping to have some announcements soon about some new contributors to the site, and I’m also hoping to expand the site to include regular book reviews as well.

Thanks for a great year, and I wish you and yours a very happy New Year!

 

Thanks for Stopping by: Best Blog Month Ever!

I just want to thanks to all those who have popped over to the blog this past month. September was the best blog month ever for both visitors and views. I have greatly appreciated the comments, likes, and shares from many of you.

Who knew blogging could be so much fun?

I really do it for myself. Writing about my writing helps me with my writing. Writing about history helps me remember my history. Writing about drama just makes me happy. And having an outlet to write about life in general is sometimes therapeutic. But when any of it connects with anyone else in anyway at all, that’s even cooler!

I’m sure there will be lots more about Writing. History. Drama. Culture. Life. in the future.

I think I need to do some giveaways on here, too. Okay, let me work that out.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by.

You are an encouragement to me in all of my writing endeavors.

 

Here’s another beach and palm tree photo. I can never get enough. It’s my writing inspiration. (I guess I should have said pine tree.)2014-09-16 14.25.20

Year End Reflections on Blogging

I’d like to thank all of you who have stopped by this year. December 2013 had the highest number of visitors ever on my blog. I greatly appreciate it.

I started this blog in January 2012.

Why? Well, I felt like if I really wanted to put myself out there as a writer then I needed to have a blog.

Honestly, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, so for the entire year of 2012 that completely showed. I did nothing with it. I didn’t know what to write about, and I didn’t know what the purpose of my blog should be. A purposeless blog might as well be a blank page.

After I published my first novel in December 2012, I thought I would try to kick start the blog as a means of promotion. Again, I didn’t know what I was doing, so I just posted whatever I had – an old essay – a thought about life – a review – a promotional post, etc …

As I continued to blog, the whole concept began re-morphing in my mind. Blogging isn’t about reaching out to the world, blogging is about reaching into yourself and letting your passions come out.

I have a few passions in life. I love writing. I love language learning and culture. I love Asia. I love food. I love history. I love live theater. I love life.

So this blog has become my writing oasis just to jot down whatever pops in my head. I love it when readers tune in and enjoy a post, but I no longer just blog to build my pretentious writer’s platform. I no longer blog hoping a stuffy literary agent will discover me. I blog for myself. Blogging is a really cool thing (how’s that for non-literary language)! It’s a place to be real, to have fun, to write about items that interest me, and (yes) to promote.

It’s really been a great year on this blog and I am very happy with the modest and steady growth I’ve seen all year.

Thanks for the kind words and support. I appreciate you putting up with all of my self-promotion – as uncomfortable as that is for me. What I enjoy more than anything else is to be able to share topics with others who have similar passions.

So in 2014, it will be more of the same on this blog.

History

Writing

Culture

Theater

Life

of yeah, and my books, of course.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Thank you! Best blog month ever!

I just wanted to thank all of you who have checked out my blog during October 2013. It was by far and away my biggest blog month ever in both number of views and number of visitors.

Though the numbers are still modest, I greatly appreciate everyone who has stopped by to same an article, read about a promotion, or check out some original writing.

There are many more articles to come about writing, history, culture, and life. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts and writings with you over this past year, and I hope for much more interaction to come.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blogging: Writing without a lens

Have you ever seen a TV show or video where, at first glance, it’s abundantly apparent that something is different. The look of the show has an amateurish quality to it; there is no lushness but only harsh contrasts. It seems more like a home video than a professional production. I’m no movie-maker, but I’m fascinated to see how rich and lush certain lenses or filters can create the warm and attractive glow of a movie scene, much in contrast to what I’ve just described.

This is, for me, how I see blog writing. Blogging is simply writing without a lens. I don’t worry much about my word choice or sentence structure. I’m just trying to get a simple idea across in a short amount of time. When I reread the post before publishing, I always find simple mistakes or I’ll notice that I put that dreaded preposition at the end of a sentence or I split my infinitive. I shudder!

But when I sit down to write my stories, everything changes. It’s like I put a professional lens over my writing to help soften the edges, bring a warmth, create a vivid scene, or enrich a character. A certain sentence that ends up being published in one of my stories will go through a series of vetting procedures to make sure it’s exactly what I want. Some sentences will be rewritten and revised many times until reaching the final product. The integrity of the story depends upon it.

But in blogging, excuse my informality. I’m just not using my writing lens.