Yeah, about that. I figured someone might be curious, so I’ll answer myse–I mean, Nina.
I recall reading a bunch of blogs years ago and figured by now the movement would be over, and whatever needed to be said had been by people much smarter and wittier than I. I’d also seen absurd blogs: those that duplicated other blogs’ material, others that were overrun with sparkly bling or heavy, obnoxious ad content that made reading articles or comments nearly impossible. Mostly, I found blogs that started off okay and then were simply abandoned with no good-bye, no plans for future writing or anything communicated to the writer’s audience–the blogger wrote a piece on a Wednesday night in 2004 and was never heard from again. I never wanted to be the person to disappear from her own site without a heads-up, rant idiotically about (near) fictional characters (show me a Duggar’s back and I’ll prove there’s a battery back there), or clutter a page with children’s poetry written by a 40-year-old man or pictures of dead pets covered in rainbows, I don’t know, there’s sick crap on the Web.
As I mentioned, I really like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and Stephen King’s On Writing is another I recommend as a must-read for someone writing or intending to write. It’s a memoir on his writing: how he started, his numerous failures, and how he more or less stumbled into success. Long story short, the best writers generally give the same advice: find a designated writing place to write. Create in a calm, relaxing space (some choose absolute silence; I need a bit of white noise, usually a show I have no interest in on TV). Most importantly, write as much as possible–every day if you can, for at least 30-60 minutes a day.