Hello world!

My first blog was thrown together without much thought. I was pretty much just wandering around in there and making a mess. I realize now that I did everything all wrong.  But don’t worry, thanks to WordPress, I have a clean slate. I am standing at a crossroads, an opportunity, the chance to start over and do things properly. Plus, I have this great picture of snow. Today is this first day of my new successful, grownup blog. As you can see below, the first thing WordPress suggests is to read the DailyPost to get ideas for writing a blog.

Advice, to me, from WordPress:

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.

This is exactly what I will do.

Today’s Inspiration

Ways to Develop Your Unique Writing Voice | Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Kristen, who I am assuming is a professional writer-lady, starts off her writing advice with the statement, “Ah, November. National Novel Writing Month.” I guess we are going there again. I tried to write a NaNo novel. All my characters kept getting mad at me because they wanted to be in a real novel, like Harry Potter or something. They had absolutely no faith in me. Of course, I guess it didn’t help that I kept getting ideas from Twitter and making them do things like commit crimes with spatulas. I admit those stunts did not lend me much credibility, but still, it was really hard to work with such insolent characters.

Let’s see what else professional Writer-Lady has to say: “structure has the obvious benefit of having a coherent plot/story.” Actually that is something else my NaNo characters were complaining about. They said even if they were in some novel with a bunch of whining vegan vampires that at least they would have something else to do besides wander around with spatulas. I am going to start a new NaNo novel next November with much better characters who are more appreciative.  This November was really disappointing.

The inspirational article isn’t helping as much as I thought, but I am determined to write something worthy of the snow picture. Going back to the DailyPost again, Writer-Lady says, “Voice is one of those aspects of writing that is tough to define and quantify. Yet, it is at the heart of who we are as writers.” See I can get behind that. I don’t know what it means, but it doesn’t sound like a lot of work. That business about having a coherent plot sounded painful. I can commit to the voice concept.

Whatever this person says next, I am going to take it to heart. I vow to you right now that I will make this blog more like a real blog, and less like one that markets imaginary t-shirts. Okay, ready everyone? Ready for a real blog? This is it! And Writer-lady saaays…..

“The more we write, the more mature our writing voice becomes. Leave an immature, unformed voice to wander off on its own, and it will be wandering around getting into everything and making a mess.”

Fuck. Me.

Guess we are going back to the t-shirts.


About lgalaviz
All of this hardly seems necessary.

24 Responses to Hello world!

  1. Mr WordPress says:

    Hi, this is a comment.
    To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

  2. Debihen says:

    I can’t see trees or snow here on my phone. Should I feel slighted???

  3. Brenna says:

    I’m a fan of the T-shirts, but I also like the snow picture. So, you know, I’m open. Go kick some blog-writing ass!

  4. Great new blog! Very grown-up, very mature. You seem to have found a more substantial tone of voice, a more confident writing style. Only available path from here is one towards total success and world domination, mark my words!

    My own feeble excuse for a blog is covering shamefully in a corner, face all red. Will have to lure it out of there later with some treats or something..

  5. Ed R says:

    I definitely miss the t-shirts.

  6. Blogdramedy says:

    Excellent first post. You captured the spirit of “grown-up blog” in a way I’ve never seen before…at least, not on WordPress. (Kidding, WP. Please don’t delete my blog…nooooo!)

  7. Handflapper says:

    Please go back to the t-shirts. I love the t-shirts. I worship the t-shirts. I NEED the t-shirts.

  8. I think you should have gone with the “super cute kittens playing with balls of yarn” photo, but snowy trees is good 2nd choice

  9. Lisa says:

    I saw Blogger crying into a pint of vodka earlier today and wondered why it was so upset… Now I know.

    I like the blog and yes this may be more grown up and handier in the comment process which is fine as long as you can live with the fact that you have forced Blogger back to drink in order the numb the pain. It’s AA pals are not going to be happy with you, it had previously been 10 years sober.

  10. Tzipporah says:

    I’d like a t-shirt about killing trees. Or yellow snow, whatever.

  11. Ooh! I just discovered that the WordPress menu top left has the option of reporting this blog as mature! I think in celebration of the new grown-up style of writing I probably should? Shouldn’t I?

  12. I just clicked the Daily Post link and discovered Topic #302 (how do you know when to fold ’em) is a regurgitation of Topic #301 (when is it time to quit?) … I did not scroll any further, for fear that Topic #300 was “When should I throw in the towel?” Clearly Blogger has hacked WP’s Daily Post site in an effort to gently persuade all WP writers they are unsuccessful at blogging…and therefore, at life.

    You clearly should be sleeping with a spatula under your pillow because Blogger is turning out to be an if-I-can’t-have-you-no-one-else-can type of ex.

  13. Mom says:

    Great new blog! Just as funny/clever, even without the shirts. Because there are pants. Yay! 🙂

    I am thinking of switching to WordPress as well. Let me know if you love it or hate it. That way I will either be encouraged to switch, or encouraged to just stay where I am. Thanks! 🙂


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