I’ve been writing this blog now, for about 3 and a half years–my god, that’s a lot of time to spend talking about yourself and petty grievances, but it shows no sign of stopping. Typically, when I’m writing a blog, it’s because something funny/tragic/irksome has happened to me, then I reflect on it. It’s a system that has served me well over the years, and has paid me no money whatsoever.
Now, I’ve found someone willing to pay for me words of wisdom, namely a smallish publication in New England. This is delightful because I basically get to be myself, and hate on things. I’ve never been particularly successful in the realm of journalism because I haven’t actually pursued it, and because I have trouble sticking with the “just the facts” approach. Now I don’t have to.
It’s also good because I’m someone who responds very well to outside pressure. I try to force myself to blog more (and Culture Friend tries to force me as well), but sometimes, it just doesn’t come. As inane as my ramblings usually are, I have scads of drafts that never quite panned out–pretty crappy stuff that even I don’t want to read, and I usually crack myself up regularly.
Considering that my magazine column is pretty similar to my blog (albeit with a bit more focus), it’s amazing how much keeping the two up is playing with my head. When writing for magazines in the past, I typically took on topics that were, for lack of a better word, timeless. I interviewed soccer players (I know nothing about soccer), and spoke to real estate developers (I know very little about real estate development, though I bet more than most), I took on covering stuff that had already happened, or that was not affected by the goings on in the world. Now my column is dictated by major month events i.e. holidays, which is no problem, but I write these columns two months in advance.
This means that in September I’m thinking about Thanksgiving, October–Christmas, November–New Years, etc. It’s making me a bit addled, and making it hard to remember what day it is (though I kind of always had that problem). It’s also making me wonder about people who do this kind of writing full time. Do you just get used to it? Do they feel like life is passing them by? Maybe after a while it just becomes automatic, or maybe I’m way overthinking things, and that’s why I’d never make it as a real journalist.
It’s more challenging than I though it would be to get into the mindset of the christmas season when the rest of the country has Halloween on the brain. I feel like I’m operating on a slightly different rotation. If this were a Venn Diagram, I would be only slightly overlapping the rest of the country in my holiday thinking. Plus, I never really thought about holidays at all before.
All I know is, it’s January 4th, and I can’t quit thinking about St. Patrick’s Day.