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I recently read a book by one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, called “Your Hate Mail Will be Graded.” The book contains a decade of blogs (1998-2008) from Scalzi’s Whatever site. Scalzi writes about whatever is on his mind and he doesn’t care about other people’s opinions. The blog is all about what he thinks and it can be funny, poignant, scary, or angry according to the topic. If you have very strong opinions about things and are easily offended then don’t read it. He pushed my buttons a couple of times but even on those topics he made me think. I always gravitate toward humor because I enjoy laughing. However, an author who can make me laugh and think deeply is one I will read over and over and over.

Scalzi doesn’t arrange his blogs in numerical order. The years are mixed up. You can read a blog from 2004 and it may be followed by one from 1998. What surprised me so much was being reminded of what was happening in the country during those years. It wasn’t that long ago but it’s amazing what I had forgotten about current events back then. It was also fun to see what he speculated the outcome would be about events when I knew what the outcome actually was.

There were some blogs on writing, but not that many. The ones he had were excellent, especially the one on advice to young writers.  But for the most part, the topics covered a wide range. It made me wonder if I had the nerve to open my blog up to my thoughts about everything. I’ve kept this blog focused on writing and book reviews thinking it would be best to keep it professional and a good resource for other writers. The idea of just writing about anything is tempting. I’m concerned, though, that it might turn into a depressing rant about things that bother me. That would not be fun to write or for others to read. Blogging has replaced writing in a diary or journal. It’s okay to spew out everything in those tomes because they are private. A blog is public so is it possible to write about things you care about without letting your passion get away from you? I’m tempted to try it. Maybe I could allow myself one rant for every 3 positive ones? It could be my rant at the end of the month. Be warned. June ends on Sunday. It may be time to let loose.

1 Comment

  1. I completely agree with you as far as blogs becoming a diary substitute. This world seems to have lost its filter, and at the same time as people complain that there is no privacy anymore, they gleefully shout things on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, on blogs, that honestly, no one needs to know.

    I have several blog posts in my “drafts” folder that, upon reflection, I decided not to publish although I felt passionate about them when I began writing. Just because you write it, doesn’t mean you have to publish it. It’s kind of like screaming into your pillow. You get to say it, but no one has to hear it.


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