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Ambitions of Daily Blog Posts

Posted by Eric Johnson on May 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

So, I've set myself the goal of posting one blog post here every day.

Shouldn't be too tough, right?  Lots of people do that, and more, on a blog.

Of course, I'll have to have something worth "saying" each day.  I'm not really the type of person to blog about a random boring day, but since it's happening to ME, I'll share the details of the day with everyone who stops by the appropriate website.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.  Some people just like to share, talk about what's going on, and keep everyone informed as to what's up.  Not usually me. I can be a pretty private person at times.

And I'll need to do *some* slice-of-life stuff.  If nothing else, then distant friends and family can get some way of seeing what's up with me life.  I just need to find something worth talking about each day that I don't mind hypothetically sharing with the whole online world.   Avoid the "baring-my-soul" extreme, as well as the trap of TMI, while still opening up enough to find something worthwhile to write about.

And, I'm setting myself some ground rules for this blogging.   I've established 5 categories.   This should keep me to containing my subjects to mostly things covered in the main areas of the website.   Which should also help me safely avoid hot button topics like politics or religion or philosophy.   Not that I don't have a lot to say in those areas, but there's other places to discuss that kind of stuff.

So, my goals with this blog:

1) Establish the disipline of writing something each day.  Even if it's just a paragraph.  Get in the habit, and keep up the basic reflex to type up something with a coherent sentence structure every day.

2) Provide an easy way to regularly add content to the website between publication of comic books or mission arcs.   Get it out there what I'm working on, how it's going, etc.

3) Have a blog where my regular updates can provide an opportunity to see how I'm doing for friends and family that are interested.  Yes, I'm neglectful at keeping up communication sometimes.  I hope to have this mitigate that somewhat.

And, in the interest of sneak previews, here's the topics which are currently bouncing around in my heads as good blog topics for this site, and likely to show up soon:

- The Mission Architect of the City of Heroes game.  Why I love it and my frustrations with some recent issues.

- AC Comics, FemForce, Good Girl Art, and what they mean to me.

- A thank you letter to people I don't even know personally, several years overdue, for how their work helped me get it together and submit my first scripts to AC.

- Pen and paper RPGs with superhero themes.  Why my two favorites are so different, and why the worse one of the two got a lot more use from me in the end.  Maybe some thoughts on the official FemForce RPG from years ago, and how RPG game mechanics can impact sexism in storytelling.

-  Weekly reccomendations of comic books to read.  Thinking of doing two suggestions a week, split into a light vs. dark or heavy vs. light dichotomy.   Still mulling that over.

- going over the list of webcomics I read regularly

Hopefully, that will be enough to get me through the first few weeks.  :)

Welcome aboard, anyone who's reading this.  Hope I can at least make it interesting enough to be worth the time it takes to read it.

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Reply Stacy
3:37 PM on May 23, 2010 
I write about random boring days... "not that there's anything wrong with that... " Good save there, Eric.

Question: Now that I know an actual published author, does this increase my coolness factor?
Reply Eric Johnson
4:59 PM on May 23, 2010 
Stacy says...
I write about random boring days... "not that there's anything wrong with that... " Good save there, Eric.

nah, you write about interesting moments in the challenging enterprise of parenting. Different thing entirely. :)

Besides, different audience, different blog purpose, I think.

Stacy says...
Question: Now that I know an actual published author, does this increase my coolness factor?

I'd say being a published comic book author gets me at LEAST +10 Geek Points. Maybe another +5 for multiple scripts published so it's not a one-time thing.

You should be getting +2 to +3 Geek Points for the aura effect, I'd think.