Boiler Plate: If you’ve been following, you’ll know, but if not: Couch to 80k is an 8 week writers bootcamp, requiring about 20 minutes per day (10 minutes of writing) by Tim Clare. I decided to do it to build some writing muscle and I blog my experience of doing it here.
Ok, that out of the way, on with the show…
No wait, one final thing. I’m blogging this, because, well, I missed blogging. The internet changes and evolves, I understand that – I’ve been here since about ’95 – when newsgroups where the thing, the www was a lot less of a thing, and people used gopher to find interesting stuff to read.
I remember telling people they should use google for search cus it much better than alta-vista or ask jeeves, or Yahoo!
But the general direction of the internet was towards openness, AOL tried to keep people locked in a single eco system, and failed.
I started blogging in about 2000, primarily to document my trials and try-outs for breaking in to comics as a professional (hence the original name “Back to the Drawing Board”) though, it became a journal of my first steps towards drawing.
Then came message boards (the Warren Ellis Forum, later The Engine, the 2000AD Message Board – which is still with us, and others) and now, finally twitter and facebook these were all ways to chat to other people about what was happening, and they all, bit by bit, took the steam out of what I was trying to do on the blog.
This year though, I’ve deleted facebook (second time around to delete it, there’s definitely stuff I’ll miss – though there’s a certain “what am I missing at this party if I leave” going on, hopefully that’ll settle down). I’m keeping twitter (I think twitter has made me a better writer, Tim Clare talks a lot – in his other podcast shows – of putting the most interesting word at the end of a sentence, so “The man came face to face with the Tiger” rather than “The Tiger and the man faced each other” and that’s a very similiar to what I’ve discovered with twitter, which is the joke only works if the word with punch is at the end. “I like drinking out of those tiny coke cans you get on planes – especially to the sounds of “dad, stop pretending you’re a giant” works better than “I like to pretend I’m a giant by drinking out of those tiny coke cans you get on planes with the kids shouting “dad stop it”). Plus I have a lot of followers on twitter, and you know, that network of people is valuable to me (not in a monetary sense, but in a wider, hey, I like you guys sense. Facebook was fraught – FRAUGHT – with difficulties, every friend request became a value-judgement “do I really want people to know they’re friends of mine?”)
And I’m back to blogging.
The Couch to 80k programme is helping me to blog every single day. I dunno if it’s interesting – I suspect it’s ok as long as I don’t waffle on too much (like I just did) and I KNOW – because people have told me – it’s pushed them to consider doing the Couch to 80k programme themselves. And that’s not a bad thing, right?
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