Monday, February 04, 2008

Pre-Lent Final Thoughts

Update: this post originally stated that this would begin the first full week of Lent, but I changed that. This starts on Ash Wednesday, as it properly should.

With the beginning of Lent on Wednesday comes my Big Serious Blogging Experiment. For the next six weeks, I shall bear down and treat this place like an online magazine, whereby I shall put more effort into what you read here, and then later perhaps submit some of them to real magazines.*

My general guidelines are as follows:

~Between 800-1000 words an "essay."
~10 "essays" total, which doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm thinking that this is really going to take a lot of time and energy.
~If I exceed that goal, good for me.
~The Pop Culture Roundup will still appear every Friday, if for no other reason than to give us all a break.
~Always put "essay" in quotes, because I don't think they'll really qualify as "essays." I don't know what they'll qualify as.
~Around the halfway point (Feb. 27), I'll post a reflection on how I think this is going.
~Since they don't count, look for maybe an occasional silly post on Sunday.

I also have to fess up to something: I started brainstorming ideas and writing some of these out a week or two ago**, so this won't be a "pure" exercise. I have a full-time job and a pregnant wife. Don't judge me.

Other than that, I got nothing else. It should be fun.

*I wrote this sentence before reading Brenda Ueland's admonition not to write with publishing in mind because it will stifle creative freedom. So I hold out for the possibility of publishing, but strive for not letting it affect my writing in the moment.

**Which is how I decided that 10 "essays" was a reasonable goal.