Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If A Blog Repeats Itself, Is It Really A Bad Thing?

Last Sunday, I had a few hours to kill while waiting for the Patriots to ultimately lose to the Ravens in the AFC Championship game, so I decided what better way to kill those two hours than to go through the previous years on this blog to find posts about my current novel and my current project and add a few new labels to make them more readily accessible.

So, starting with mid 2009, specifically, this post, I proceeded to go through each and every post on my blog to see which posts fitted the criteria I had previously stated. Along the way, I discovered one troubling fact: my posts for 2010 thru mid 2011 were some of the salient, zany, offbeat and downright peculiar pieces of delectable prose that it was my pleasure to have wrote.

Somehow and somewhere during the past couple of years, I have seem to taken the road way less traveled and apparently found myself on a tiny ledge with no easy way to get down. I'm not saying its a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination, but when your prose goes from something like this particular post, to what you've been writing for the past few months, it does have a tendency to make self-doubt start creeping into your blog writing.

Nevertheless, I am determined to make something good come out of that troubling fact. The first thing I plan on doing, which I actually started doing years ago, but stopped due to a short attention span, is to print out all of my posts and organize them either alphabetically or chronologically. The second thing I plan on doing, which I've already started with two new tags called "The Info Dump" and "My Blog", is to explore the vast archive of my blog and try to incorporate some of those old but wickedly solid posts of yesteryear into some new and updated versions.

I'm not quite sure what kind of reoccurring title I should come up with. I've already established a decent one for music called "Vanishing from the Megahertz", so I would like to come up with one that I can use as a reoccurring title for explore the archive that is Cedar's Mountain.

However, I would like to give everyone a fair warning about this little adventure. While during the years of 2009-2011 I was writing with a smoothness that I haven't experienced in quite some time, I was also keeping a tight rein on what I really wanted to say about certain things (like the above mentioned post). I think that this time around, I probably will go from a PG-13 point of view to about an sub R-rated point of view when I write new versions of the old scene.

In any event, this new facet won't debut for about a month or so since I need to get all of my ducks facing in the right direction. Which means not only do I need to print and organize my posts (yay), but I need to finish the project that I'd started this past Sunday. Plus, I need to wiggle this in with the upcoming querying process for my novella A Shadow Warrior's Redemption.

In the meantime, a dual question for you the reader:

1} Would this be something that you might find interesting to read and maybe explore?

2} Do you have a suggestion on what I should call this new reoccurring post series?


  1. Just to let you know that your link isn't working, so I couldn't read the old post to get what you are talking about!

  2. I don't think it's a problem to do that. I've revisited and updated posts myself before, or some variation of them.

  3. Groundhog Day? I don't know. :)

  4. Joe: Thanks for pointing that out. Apparently when I'd copied the link, I added "1." to the beginning, which of course made invalid.

    Charles: I've always felt weird about reposting something, if only because I strive on originality.

    I think that this time, if I can do a comparison or least give the post a fresh look/new spin, it might be easier for me to handle.

    Lynn: Cute. :D

  5. I think Lynn's idea is great! And yes, I would read them. Love the Billy Joel reference, btw.

  6. M: Another cutie. :D

    And you're welcome. :D


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