Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Jon had some questions about blogging

• Why did you start blogging and why do you continue?

I was always reading blogs especially Danny's and Lucy's and started commenting occasionally and it grew from there. I'm not too interested in reading about craft on blogs - I prefer reading about other writers' journeys, successes, failures and schemes or what-have-you. Blogs provide a good barometer of what's happening in scriptwriting all over. I thought I might run out of things to post about in the beginning so stockpiled about 5 posts at first (and then ended up starting on exactly the same day as Pot.)
For about 2 weeks I don't think I had any readers at all and then it picked up gradually. My hit rate isn't that high but it suits me - I get about 10 visits a day when I don't post and 2 or 3 times that when I do. I'm very attached to my blog now - like an online handbag I rummage around in now and again. Mostly it helps focus my thoughts on scriptwriting etc. Sometimes it is just fun.

• How do you decide what to blog about?

In the early days I thought I'd blog about all sorts of intriguing scriptwritery things and review various scripts I'd downloaded and stuff (ha!) - but now I veer more towards the anecdotal. Every so often I'll post a meandering ramble linking disparate trains of thought. I love adding images and the fact that you can now post cell-phone videos straight on to blogger. If I ever shelve anonymity and say goodbye to this blog then I may well do it in a video post.

Quite a few scribos have slowed down lately and it seems to have a knock on effect. I don't consciously sit down and think of something to blog about - either there's a story or there are opportunities etc. Strangely my most banal posts end up being the most popular - like brads (!) or toes. Recently someone typed 'what can I do about burning toes with black spots all over them?' into google and then spent 3 minutes on my blog. Well visitor, if you come back - my advice is "See a doctor. Immediately!"

• Do you write straight out or pre-plan what you’re going to write.

I tend to write it up first in word and then post. I get annoyed seeing typos after I've posted. The only time I write straight is when I'm doing a quick link or something.

• Do you censor yourself?

Definitely and more so as time goes on. Not just the karma thing either. Even with a miniscule readership, you start to become self conscious about who reads your blog.

I'd say if a working relationship or some scriptwriting endeavour turns a bit sour, it's probably best not to post screeds of vengeful bile - although it may be tempting. Things can turn in your favour again - in fact I've just experienced this in regard to a situation I posted about.

I also censor myself about family. I'm not anonymous on facebook but I am here (well not to those who know me) and that offers potential for collision....

So what about you?


1 comment:

Anna said...

People do land on our blogs doing the strangest google searches, don't they?

Interesting "why blog" questions. My blog has changed with time. Partly do to me - what I want to write about - & partly do to readers. I have become "behind the blog scenes" friends with some readers which has caused me to edit myself from time to time because now people who "know" me read me. Not sure if this is bad - just different.

Interesting post - thanks.