One of the things I thought I should consider in 2010 is making this blog more personal. You see, one day back in 2006 when blogging was in its infancy, I just decided to create a blog, and Grit and Glamour was born. Boom, just like that. With no premise and no plan. As such, initially, I was stumped about the purpose of my blog, its audience, etc.
I love the irony of this; my inability then to commit to a definition—or even a plot—is exactly the same reason why I haven’t written a book. Not that I ever wanted to. But apparently, if you’re an English major with a Bachelor’s and Master’s under your belt, everyone expects you to either teach the kiddies or write a book. I’m not one for teaching, and as stated previously, I have a hard time generating (much less sticking to) a plot. So there goes the book.
Eventually, I began to see that a blog is the perfect medium for me as a writer. It is dynamic, highly visual, and can be edited and re-edited ad nauseum. I’m the writer, editor, developer, and art director. It’s the ideal channel for those who aren’t quite ADD, but need a constant stream of new information and new experiences.
I also realized what I’ve always known: a fiction writer I am not. My strongest writing and best work is always borne of reality. And what reality do I know best? My very own, of course. I am an expert on my own life, no research or forethought necessary. Hmmm. Does that make me a lazy writer, or just an egotistical one? Both? Maybe. Don’t know. What I do know is that no one can write this story but me. So I’m all you’ve got.
Funnily enough, it has taken me several years and several platforms to realize that I don’t have to confine my ramblings to any one topic or direction. The only thing that I had to commit to was consistency in voice. And throughout the design changes, URL-hopping, ultra-personal, and virtually anonymous posts, I’ve stayed true to that voice. My voice. And ultimately, me.
That’s my long-winded way of saying that after years of jumping in and out of my blog, I’m back in. With voice and body. Because the blogs I enjoy most in the world are the ones where I get to be the voyeur, so-to-speak. So without further ado, welcome to the first WVW: What V Wore post:
OK, so this is only part of me. Baby steps, people! I’m getting there. I’m on the train heading to Bondi Junction. More about that soon.
January 4, 2010 update: See more!