Welcome to the New Year. Did you make your New Year’s Resolutions?
It seems to me that a lot of people treat blogs like diets and exercise. Many begin. Most quit. That’s because diets are hard and it’s difficult to replace old habits with new habits. But if you have a web site and you decide to blog then you need to make a commitment to do so on a regular basis.
Blogging takes time. It takes effort. Blogging like any writing requires you to make a commitment. So before you decide if you want to add a blog to your web site decide if you are willing to commit the time and energy needed to do it on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule.
And if you decide you want to blog then write about the things you love. The things you feel some passion towards.
If you’re a plumber – write about plumbing. But if you’re a plumber with a passion for David Winter Cottages or the music of the Manhattan Transfer then write about that. Write about what you love and other people interested in The Manhattan Transfer or David Winter cottages or plumbing will find you and be interested in what you have to say.
This is my blog where I write about a few of the things I love like theatre, film, marketing, and playwriting. And even though I launched my web site last summer I actually began writing an unpublished blog every week a year before I launched my web site. I did that so I would get into the habit of writing a blog and so I could start to develop my voice as a blogger. Although I have to admit that I wasn’t successful right out of the gate. No. I had tried to start my blog the year before but had failed. Like many things in life we have to try more than once in order to succeed. And having tried and failed I learned from my failure and tried again. This time with more success.
And this year, in addition to sharing my own thoughts about theatre and story and playwriting, I’m planning to do the occasional interview with other actors, writers, and playwrights to get their thoughts and experiences. In fact, my first interview will be published later this month. It’s a two part interview with playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry whose most recent work, Book Club, a one act comedy about the joys and challenges of motherhood, premieres at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary this February.
So, if you’ve got a web site and you want to blog by all means go ahead. But if you don’t want to blog don’t. Don’t do something that doesn’t feel right. Don’t do something just because other’s do it. Maybe all you need is an update page on your web site where you give the occasional update about your work or an event you’re attending.
But if you do blog remember a blog requires regular updates. That can mean once a day or once a week or once a month. You decide. And remember your blog should reveal something about your personality. It should sound like you. You’re not writing a term paper. Unless, of course, your web site is about writing term papers. Then your blog should probably have a more academic feel to it. Maybe. Otherwise have fun. Write what you think. Explore your thoughts and ideas and share them with the world.
Have a great 2016 and good luck with all your New Year’s Resolutions and blogging and playwriting.
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