Is it too “meta” to start a new blog about the process of writing a blog?
Lately I’ve been looking to kill time at work when I’m not busy (read: from 11-5). Since hitting refresh on ESPN.com gets tiresome, and my friends can only update Facebook so often, I’ve been trolling around the “blogosphere” a bit and finding some really wonderful, engaging, clever writing by my fellow comic book fans (a standout: Valerie D’Orazio’s Occasional Superheroine, both thought provoking and entertaining). What’s that I feel? Inspiration? I believe it is!
Now as some of you may know I already have a blog about nothing in particular which I never update. You might think it’s stupid to start a NEW blog when I can’t even do the bare minimum of upkeep on my old one, but I feel that my problem there was twofold: 1. I tried to keep it a secret. I didn’t really want too many people reading it, and thus only two or three people knew about it. No comments. Frustrating. 2. That issue of it really not being about anything in particular. I’ve used it to post my DJ setlists, I’ve used it to post thoughts on the opposite sex (which I have since deleted so don’t bother looking), and I’ve even used it for some creative writing, but nothing ever stuck. The only posts of substance, I realized, were those that were written about comic books. And I suppose it’s because it’s something I really care about, as silly as that might sound. I care about comics. I care about them in the same way some people care about film, or crossword puzzles, or fonts, or films about crossword puzzles and fonts.
And that’s what this new blog would be about: not so much reviews of comics, though there will be some of those, but moreso my thoughts on the current state of comics and the people involved. After all, for every Dark Phoenix Saga and for every Grant Morrison in the world of comics there’s a Countdown to Final Crisis and a Judd Winick right around the corner trying to ruin your fun.
But how do you start a new blog? I thought about taking a cue from the lovely and talented Dana Gluck of Indian Summer Vintage, and getting my feet wet right away. No intro, no pomp and circumstance, just straight bloggin’.
Another idea was to talk a little bit about myself and my background as a writer and blogger in general, sort of like what Tom Mclean did over at the new Bags and Boards blog (I quickly decided this was not the way to go, realizing that I did not actually have such a background to speak of).
Ultimately this is what I came up with; an introduction to my blog, Wednesday’s Child, intended to create a mytique which will just keep you coming back for more, and more and more! Don’t get too comfortable with the design because I’ll be changing it in the next week or so (or as soon as I learn how to, anyway). I’ll also be updating before the end of the day so that’s something to keep the butts in the seats.
Do you think I use too many commas?