I’ve been talking a lot about how much I L-O-V-E The Conversation, Amanda de Cadenet’s fabulous interview show. The Conversation is also a website, full of information about all sorts of lady things…career and finance, love and sex, health and wellness, and basically everything having to do with ladies’ lives. I’m very, very excited that something I wrote is featured on the site! It’s all about how I’m a jealous jerk. Not really. It’s all about how jealousy doesn’t make you a jerk at all. Check it out, and give the rest of the site a looksie, too! It’s all wonderful.
I could go on all day (or, okay, for a few minutes) about the things this blog has done for my life. I started it last May when I decided to take writing seriously, and my life is now exponentially better. I’m not saying that’s all because I started a blog–I made a lot of other changes at that point, too–but the blog was a jumping off point. Here are the main reasons I think you should start one:
1. Practice makes not-perfect-but-at-least-a-little-better.
If you’re writing everyday or every week, you’re going to get better. I’d recommend establishing some sort of blog schedule for this reason, and sticking to it. I used to be very rigid about having something up every day. I’m a little looser about it now, but that’s mainly because now I have other writing to do. If you want to become a better writer, the only way to really do it is to write. Probably, I don’t know, I’m not a writing teacher. Guys, don’t take any advice from me! Here’s more advice.
2. Internet friends!
Sometimes people leave me nice comments. Sometimes people send me nice e-mails. I love, love, love this. There is no better feeling in the world than when someone says your writing was funny/touching/entertaining/whatever. And most of the time these people will be interesting, and they will have funny blog, and now you have an internet friend!
3. Ready-made portfolio.
If I ever need a writing sample, I have a whole year’s worth of blog posts. Okay, so I might not ever use my story about Lenny Kravitz or that weird fan fiction I wrote about being married to Gordo (for your sake, I’m not linking to either of those. I never said I was a normal person, okay?), but there are lots of posts I’ve reused for other things.
4. Sense of Purpose.
Listen, I’ve had a few “down days” over the past year, and you know what? I could always say, “Well at least I have the blog,” which might sound depressing. But it’s better than, “And I don’t even have a blog!”
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So HelloGiggles is currently accepting new writers. Sometimes people ask me how I started writing for them, and I don’t know how it works for everyone, but I just sent in a pitch when they were taking open submissions for columns. I didn’t know anyone there or have any significant writing credits or anything. If you’re interested in writing for them, this is very good, specific advice!
I really enjoy writing for HG, and I can honestly say it’s one of the more fun things I’ve done! I’ve internet-met some really interesting people through the site, and I like that it’s a positive, lady-friendly environment. If you’re a writer, you should definitely submit!
Today I’m writing about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by the wonderful (understatement) Sherman Alexie. This book is really something special! I know I say that about every book in the column, but I really do mean it. Things get serious for awhile, and then I relay a zinger from my mom. When I told her about this last week, she said, “I don’t remember saying that…but you have to admit, that was a pretty good one.” Then she went back to washing dishes.
If you are so inclined, click on over to the Vianza blog to read about my favorite indie shops in Columbus! They are all lovely places.
Guys, I have a story/thing/”piece” (ugh, I’m sorry, did that make you throw up?) on The Tangential today. I’m excited because it’s a great website full of funnies. Definitely check out the rest of the website while you’re there. Their slogan is “Don’t Be Boring. Don’t Suck,” which is a sentiment I subscribe to wholeheartedly.
Today’s post is super-exciting because you can WIN A PRIZE! That’s right. Who doesn’t love prizes? I don’t know anyone who is like, “Oh,a free thing? No thanks. I don’t want that.” All you have to do is leave a comment (on the HelloGiggles post. Not here. Don’t leave a comment here because I have absolutely nothing to offer you) and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Chopsticks and a $25 gift card to iTunes!
It’s an extraordinarily lovely book. Big thanks to Penguin for the prizes!