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Writing (and blogging) with soul

In a recent radio interview, Dooce talks about how a blog must have soul to attract a loyal fan base. Just like with a TV show or book, the writer of a blog must develop characters that readers care about in order to draw the audience back day after day (or week after week, depending on the frequency of the posts).

I think that’s why I realized after just a couple weeks that my blog couldn’t be merely professional. Not only was it unsatisfying for me to write only about writing or reading, but I can’t imagine that those topics would satiate any normal reader for very long. (Whatever “normal” is.)

So that makes me wonder, who are my characters, and what about them is compelling? Of course, I think my friends and family are interesting — that’s why they’re my friends and family! — but do you? Should you? Have I done enough (or anything) to make them interesting?

I think that’s what I need to be more mindful of in the future, both for this blog and for my fiction writing (which features a slightly different kind of “friends and family”). Even if every post or story doesn’t flow as part of some larger linear stream, there needs to be some sort of narrative that holds it all together. There needs to be something that readers can connect to, follow, remember.

I’m not sure that every blogger puts this kind of thought into what they type into their content management system before hitting “Publish.” I know I usually don’t. But I think that’s part of what makes Dooce so successful, and unique.

Foto Friday: WALL-E!

You know you’re too emotional when…


…a cartoon robot love story makes you cry.


PS: That was not me being wishy washy or moody. That was me getting over one bad night. It happens, you know? Then you move on.

Enough already

And in a complete change of direction, tonight I couldn’t be happier. After a long, productive day at work — during which we also had a jewelry sale, whaaaat? — I left early to meet up with friends and strangers alike. Together we planned fun/educational/inspirational community events, and then we went to the Black Finn to unwind and eat great food! Now I’m chilling in bed with my little Choo Choo Train (because he CHEWS, get it?!) and realizing that hey, life doesn’t get much better than this.

(No matter what you look like.)

Truer words were never spoken

Glad to know I’m not the only one:

Yeah, the people-pleaser in me wants to give, give, give all the time in an attempt to make others happy, and I fail to realize the burden I place on the other person to guess what I may want. I naively believe that constantly giving in to others is a positive thing. I also naively believe that expressing my preference is selfish and bad. So now it’s time to abandon the black and white thinking and start swimming in the gray area…joy.

Diane, let’s learn to navigate the gray together. :)

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