Archive for April, 2011

Blog for Blog’s Sake!

Posted: 25/04/2011 by C. Matt Hewes in About Writing

Recently, I’ve come across several discussions about the word count, content and purpose of Blogs, and I have to say it all went completely over my head..

Wasn’t the Web Log initially ‘created’ as an electronic version of our ‘Dear Diary’? To my humble belief, the purpose of Blogs is, nowadays, too far fetched, made over-complicated; certain people are convinced that Blogs should only contain ‘articles’ that provide us with a service of kinds, whereas others will say they should contain a certain level of professionalism…

So what about the ‘house moms’ (no offence, ladies) that just blog by means of letting off steam, or want to vent certain events in the household (think kids getting in trouble etc)? If we were to stick to the statements above, they’d have to get their Masters before even being ‘allowed’ to start a Blog.

As another example, what about my daughter’s passion for fashion and anything related? Should I tell her she can’t start a Blog about fashion before she has some sort of degree in the matter? By the above standards: yes. By my conviction: no.

A lot of people seem to forget the Internet is free accessible to everyone, including illiterates (note: I don’t mean to say non-professionals are per definition illiterate) lacking the skills to create a Blog in such way it appears anything but professional. So what? If they enjoy writing about whatever it is they write about, good for them! In my books, there are no rules set in concrete aboute how a Blog should be created or written. I think there is an unjustified case of comparing private Blogs with business related Blogs here…

Another statement made in the discussions, is the word count; it is general belief a Blog post shouldn’t exceed 500 words. Why? Says who? To my belief, a ‘good’ post should contain the information it requires to cover the subject, be it 25 words, or 2500. People interested in the subject won’t stop reading once the couter hits 500, I don’t think. They’ll just read the post, full stop! Whether it’s a piece by a Mom describing her feeling because her daughter wants to go live with some mates, closer to the College she attending, or someone explaining how the Big Bang theory really works, as opposed to what was the initial perception.

Yet another said not to be interested in people’s personal moaning about something, or venting their personal problems in a Blog… My reaction: “So don’t read it! There’s no one holding a Smith & Wesson against your head to read it. By all means, move on to a Blog you are interested in, but don’t slag someone’s Blog off because it doesn’t contain anything interesting for you to read…”

Anyway, let it be noted this is my personal opinion. And by all means, if it’s of no interest to you, move on. Go read the Financial Times, or the Yellow Pages if they’re more appealing to you. I won’t sleep less, honestly. I mean, what would be best practice? Putting up a Disclaimer above the post stating it could be damaging for Professionals (!) to carry on reading, i.e.:

DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains disturbing subjects, possibly not suitable and/or damaging for Professionals!

Hey! I must be a semi-Professional! I didn’t manage to keep below the feared 500 Boundary…!

To all House Moms, and illiterates: Happy Bloggin’, and by all means, your opinion is appreciated..


Too quiet on the Tee’Rhan front

Posted: 08/04/2011 by Matt Corey in About J'adeen

… What can I say…

I’d love to say that the Master of the House is very busy writing but that’s not the case… He’s busy with… not writing. It’s that block, you see. Not really the feared Writer’s Block, but more an obstacle, a hurdle. He wrote himself into a situation he can’t seem to get around. The scene is there, in mind, but he seems unable to put it to paper. The flow disappeared, just like that…

OK, I suppose he deserves a bit of slack because he looks at computer screens all day, intensively so, I hasten to say but even then, he should be working on his number two, regardless of whichever hurdles he comes across…

Any which way, I’m going to give him my two pence worth about this all, and see if I can get him back to writing… he can’t leave my son on the other side of the Galaxy for the rest of his days… that wouldn’t be fair, neither to J’adeen, nor to us, his Family. His Mother is dying to get some sort of news from him, and I need to have someone around to make a fool of, and as it stands, both victims are stranded on Earth…

Also, the sooner he finishes part 2 of the Saga, the sooner he can begin with part 3 which, and that I promise, is going to be the climax to the story (oh God, I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this…). Want me to lift the veil? Nahh… that old poop would kill me if I would… Unless you guys insist enough, he might allow me to give you some teasers…

Let’s get him back to writing first, eh?

Signing off,

Matt Corey