Hello there.... I took a little sabbatical from Blog-land... obviously;-). When I began this blog, I did it because I wanted a place to write stories I discovered that didn't fit neatly into someone else's editorial plan. Blogging sounded like an escape from the constraints of media-- where I could free myself from the pressure of 'pitching' and just write. Well, talk to random strangers, and explore, and write.
But here's the thing. Blogging has a formula too. And its own etiquette (thank you Google, for spelling that for me). I could write exhaustively researched and beautifully written long form stories that let you into people's lives....or delve into the nuances of new research....but those aren't the stories, or posts, that get shared. And so if you don't already have a critical mass, you can't develop one by writing like that. People like advice that makes it seem easy. They like lists. Quotes and anecdotes that sum up an idea neatly. They like, as one big-time Aussie blogger told me last year, "to be told what to do."
So is there a place in Blog-land for a cynic like me?
I am not really sure. Late last year I wrote a guest-post that generated thousands of "likes." I learned that I know how to write for mass appeal...but I'm not always comfortable doing it. I am a person who sees nuance, and the internet rewards black and white....
At any rate, I think I'll resurrect this space, but allow it to grow organically. I have been exploring Sydney, and I'd love to share that with you. I've also been thinking a lot about the freelance life-- the hype and the reality, the decisions I've made that have allowed me to pursue this path in the long term, and what I've given up as well as what I've gained... so maybe I will blog a bit about that.
We'll see, I suppose:)