A few weeks back I provided this prompt for the prompt-ly listserv, so it’s about time I follow up with my own blog post . After careful consideration I knew I had to write about two fictional characters. The first one should come as no surprise, if you have been reading this blog in the last two years.
This prompt was provided by Mel, who started the whole Prompt-ly list in the first place and I’m so grateful to her for doing it.
Look at your “about me” section if you have one. Muse for a moment (in a blog post) on what you chose to include… or what you left out. Does your “about me” page really show who you are? What could an outsider learn about your personality from your page? (Mine, in bullet points, shows what a neat-freak I am.)
I obviously haven’t really looked at my „about me” section, which wrote in early 2008 and haven’t really edit afterwards. I just found two typos *headdesk* I’ve edited those now at least, but there might be more? Anyway…
I started the page with some basic stats: gender, age, marital status, location.
Why did I do that? When I start reading a new blog I tend to want to find those basic facts out about the writer, so it only felt natural to include it in my own page. Marital status definitely is not a necessary information *g*, but I at least like to know the gender and age of the writer and I’m also always interested in where the writer is located- The wonderful thing about the internet is that it’s so easy to meet and get to know people from all over the world, so to me it makes complete sense to include this information n the „about me” page.
I’ve been unhappy with my blog for a while. Not with the blog itself, it’s not the blog’s fault that I can’t come up with interesting things to write about. I feel like I’ve just been recounting events from my life, interspersed with a Grey’s Anatomy review (given up on those a few weeks ago) or movie or music reviews and… not much more. Nothing I really feel proud about having it written and published. The weird thing is, I did start blogging all those years ago, because I actually only wanted to recount tales from my life or maybe get some advice or shared a story. I was sick of doing it all on message boards, which even though I was in charge of, weren’t meant to be my personal outlet for those stories.
Things seem to have changed though and I feel like I still want to write about stuff. Just write. Period. About anything. But obviously just not the ordinary stuff I used to write about. This is were “Prompt-ly” comes in. It’s a listserv / mailing list offering various writing prompts and other writing ideas, inspiration and support and meeting a whole new bunch of interesting people. I joined it a few days ago and am already planning to use at least two of the various prompts that are already floating around to turn it into a blog post.
I have no idea yet how much this will change the topics of this blog or my writing in general, but I’m definitely intrigued by the inspiration this group provided so far. So expect a first Prompt-ly post later today…