Blogging is like writing important fiction; posts should reveal the truth about the human condition, they should be sincere, and they should bring people closer together so that they feel less alone. If you’re not striving to do these things with your blog, then you should reconsider your purpose and potential as a blogger.
I love to read new and emerging fiction, and I get particularly excited when I read a great story by a peer. Below are the 15 writers under 40 who make me really giddy. I probably could have chosen 20 with some more thought, but 15 came to mind very easily. I included both fiction writers and poets.
One reason people have so much trouble paying attention to digitized content is because it’s updated so frequently. Writers and content are so numerous that readers don’t become married to any one writer or publication; they don’t develop trust and the confidence that what they will read will change them or help them learn something new.
My attention span is perfectly capable, but you’re spamming it. The Internet is not responsible for the lack of attention span. The Internet is responsible for rewarding navel-gazing and self-absorbed prose which no one can read or pay attention to. The writers are not doing a good job charming the audience.
Could I do away with reading big news sites and stick to opinion sites and blogs? Would I become a biased reader? Paying more attention to the things that people choose to respond to could be a huge time saver. Do I really need to know everything else? Is following the Twitter streams of big news sites enough to keep me well informed?
The post featured an hour-long interview with Franko, and the interviewer asked the artist about her new installation “I’ll Get Back to You as Soon as I Can”, an archived arrangement of Franko’s old voicemail messages. Listen to the first few minutes for samples of the messages. I will offer some highlights here.
Write to learn about yourself and other things, not because you want to thought-vomit all over your blog. Listen: we all do it! Of course, we’re all navel-gazers to a certain degree because we’re all our own best reference points. The world DOES indeed revolve around us. But the center of gravity shouldn’t show in your published blog post.
A lot of companies use metaphors to describe their products and/or services. They have grand philosophies about their methodologies, the ways they interact with customers, and their commitment to quality and excellence. Blah, blah, blah. Let’s get to the point.
The real work on those stories happened offline, during long hours of solitude and intense concentration. Sure, I realize that my manuscript is not yet complete and could stand many more revisions, but I was happy to share what I had, to come out of the “darkness” and see the light.
New mediums mean that we need new ways to describe and talk about them. I take five common idioms related to communication and translate them for the Internet age: “spread like wildfire”; “put in a nutshell”; “be on the same wavelength”; “bite your tongue”; and “keep you posted”.