Why you’re lucky that I’m not very interesting …
I’ve been doing the Brain Burgers Blog for a few months now and I’m really enjoying the weekly opportunity to explore and explain things that interest me – history, science, archaeology, books, and all kinds of other old stuff. Although I’ve been writing books and stories for twelve years now, blogging is a fairly new thing for me – and I thought I was doing pretty well. But I recently read a how-to article on blog writing that made me realize how poorly I’ve actually been doing it!
I won’t link it here, because I’m embarrassed about the flogging I got and its horrible revelation to me. The article (someone else’s blog post, of course) listed several components of a successful blog. Here are a few that stood out to me:
- Be controversial (it draws readership and starts “dialogue”)
- Be topical (to get the benefit of current news and social trends)
- Write about yourself (to let readers into your world)
I tend to be way wrong on all three of these. Here’s how:
- I don’t care to be controversial. The word “dialogue” in this context usually means hurt feelings, retaliation, and arguments. I don’t groove on making people angry just to get attention for myself. The wallflower in me (my wife will tell you he’s buried way deep down – but I swear he’s there) doesn’t like drawing that kind of attention.
- It’s hard to be topical when you like old stuff and you don’t read the newspaper or watch much TV news. That’s me – I resigned from the debating society awhile ago in favor of developing some peace of mind. (This next statement may offer a year’s worth of coverage for all three of the blog pointers:) I have a hard time maintaining a positive attitude and giving others the kindness they deserve when my channel is clogged with the negativity that comes with most news and pop culture. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t wish to take any of it away from anyone else, there’s just a whole world of OTHER things that I prefer to stimulate my brain cells with.
- Lastly, I like to write about what interests me – and I don’t find myself very interesting. People who know me will likely tell you that I like to hear the sound of my own voice, but as for my opinions, my politics, what I’m eating or not eating, who I saw, where, and what I think of them … eh, not so interesting.
This last point may be the reason my eyes take a slot-machine roll into the back of my head when I hear a writer say, “My book is based on my life.”
“Argh!” I want to shout. “But what you’re not very INTERESTING?!”
I write action/adventure and thriller fiction precisely because I don’t live an action/adventure/thriller life. Call me weird, but I need to be interested and excited when I sit down to write. There’s also a fair bit of old stuff (see above) in my writing, which gives me another reason to get up in the morning and put my index fingers on F&J.
You might not see a lot of “me” in this blog – although I do reserve the right to let the Chris Everheart Author creature sneak in once in awhile. And, come to think of it, maybe there a few creative and media types out there who could use some pointers from me … But, in the meantime, I hope you continue to enjoy the more interesting stuff that shows up here!
Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.
The 3 REAL reasons I write action/adventure/thriller/crime stories:
- Some Austrian punk stole my idea for bulking up and marketing myself as a monosyllabic action movie icon with a polysyllabic name (you’ll be hearing from my lawyers, Schwarzenegger – if that’s your real name …).
- I wanted to be a movie director and figured that writing books would be an easier way in. (The joke’s on me!)
- For the chicks, man! What else could it possibly be?