Well, my Tumblr was short-lived. Like many shiny new toys, it was fun at first, but then I realized it was taking up too much of my enthusiasm and energy without adding much to the internet or to my life. Do I really need another outlet for my interests and opinions? Isn’t that what this site is for?
So I’m shutting “Me and My Netflix” down and moving some of the content here. That means you can expect to read about my thoughts on TV/movies from time to time. After all, they’re just another form of storytelling, and that’s what this blog is all about: me and stories.
Speaking of which, I think this fizzled experiment turned into a good opportunity for me to reevaluate the direction my blogging/online presence has taken. When I graduated college in ’07, I restarted my blog to be more “professional” — less angsty teen — but I didn’t want to lose the personal feel. All work and no play makes anyone dull, right?
Yet somewhere along the way, especially lately, I’ve felt like I “shouldn’t” post anything that wasn’t polished and/or useful. Blogging became a responsibility instead of an outlet. Now, there’s certainly a place for those kinds of “purpose-driven” sites — I read and enjoy many of them — but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for my own webspace.
So (more for me than for y’all) here’s my official declaration of refocus: I want my blog to be a reflection of me. I strive to be professional but personal, casual but not frivolous, and somewhat private but always genuine. I have diverse interests, strong passions, and too many opinions. I want to embrace a sense of experiment and play, even if that leads to “mistakes.”
Hopefully my blog can embody all of this, and evolve and grow along with me. Every post may not stand the test of time — looking back, some may even make me cringe — but like the early drafts of a manuscript, the heart and core are what matter most. If those come through — if I can express, record, and share the raw material of my life, my journey, myself — then I should feel content.
That is what I aspire to here.