Sunday, April 8, 2018

You have a blog. What are you going to do with it?

When all of the trouble began in January, some of the first things I did was to take down my social media and delete my old blog. This wasn’t a difficult decision. When life gets messy I believe in keeping things very simple.
Social media is the furthermost thing in the world from simple. Some people use it as a place to portray a life much more idyllic than the reality they live. I refer to this phenomenon as “Facebook Fake”. This behavior defies logic.
I don’t want people to know a fake version of me. The plan for my blog and, by extension, my social media is to keep everything real and share my life. I don’t plan to share every dirty detail. Privacy in this day and age is certainly at a premium. I do plan to share my passions right along with my trials and tribulations.
I am going to write about my life, my friends, and my family. I am going to blog a lot of the comics I am reading. There is also a pretty good chance I am going to wear down everyone’s will to live with how much I love riding a motorcycle.
I have a very strong feeling about posting negativity in any format. This isn’t to say I won’t be critical in some assessments, but I am going to do my best to avoid things like,” Tom King’s Batman sucks” or “Tom King sucks at writing Batman.” These blanket statements do nothing at all to advance any kind of conversation. On the other hand, stating that “many issues of Tom King’s Batman are a series of action montages with very little actual intelligent dialog” is both critical and has talking points for further discussion.
All apologies to Tom King for being my example. This is intentional. When I was recording with The Printed Panel Podcast, I launched into a diatribe with how much I disliked the writing of Tom King. My comments were less poignant than I would like.  It was the one place where I was blatantly negative. I rarely regret, but I wish I had been a bit more critical in my assessments.
While we are on the subject of Podcasts, I do plan to get back to recording my own podcast. Garin and I had a great run. There was some real magic in our posts, and I really glad that Garin and Richard have built on that foundation to keep the podcast successful. This go round I intend to do a few things differently.
I plan to build off of my blog. I am going to talk about comics quite a bit, but I also plan to talk about philosophy, strategy, board games, movies, motorcycles (obviously), cars, guns, archery, and any other topic that strikes mine or my guests fancy. I plan to host alone and have regular guests.
I plan on moving into video recording as well. This step is a little bit of a concern for me. I know I have a great vocal presence. I don’t know how much the camera will love me, but I do know I plan to record board game play sessions. Also, getting conversations about comic books into the visual spectrum brings better conversations about art and color.
I also plan to do a fair amount of posting my short stories here. The Wizard’s Task will undoubtedly make an appearance again, but I also have some plans to clean up my fictional universe and explore some of the deeper, darker corners where I have previously feared to tread. There is a ton of emotion in building out my fiction, but I want people to read it and, with any luck, tell me what they think of it.

I am a big fan of the saying,” If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” I dream big, but sometimes bringing my visions to life falls short. The biggest thing I am going to attempt to is keep my progress in pace with my ideas. It isn’t enough for me to just blog about these things. I actually need to DO them.That may not happen overnight. Be patient with me, dear reader. The “real” world has lots of demands on my time and energy. If you want to encourage me, then comment here or on social media. (I will embed links for those of you that don’t know me personally) Even negative comments or reviews mean that you have taken the time to read what I have put out there. I always appreciate that.

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