meta-FAQs

by | Mar 28, 2024 | seth godin experiment

What is this blog about?

That’s a good question. I’m still trying to figure that out. 

Everybody (and by everybody I mean all the people writing about websites) says I need a blog to attract traffic. 

But I never know what to say in blogs because my brain is so full of lists like “600 things every post must do.” 

Being bombarded with all the things I MUST DO makes me shut down and do nothing.

I’ve attempted to force myself, but quite frankly, I have no desire to add to the proliferation of BS on the interwebs. My first couple of blogs were attempts to fit myself into what a blog should be. It felt kind of weird and forced. I kept editing them to make them seem right, but something was off.

Now, I’m gonna have a “Back in my day …” moment. 

Are you ready?

The first blogs were way cooler than this AI-schlock people are posting these days. We had this thing called LiveJournal that was more like reading someone’s diary than their sales copy. Some of the LiveJournalers probably had an agenda, but most were just riffing on life. Literally just individuals screaming into an electronic void.

 

Screen shot of LiveJournal web page with an old lady  saying, "In ancient times, aka, early 2000s, blogs were interesting, but that’s none of my business."

 

It’s funny now to look at this whole industry of sales pages and h2 tags and whatever the frack and know it all blossomed from the wordy writing of moody teenagers in the 2000s. 

In the spirit of those early blogs, meta-writing is an experiment.

By the way, the name meta-writing has nothing to do with Zuck. Meta-writing means “writing about writing.” In fact, that was my original tagline—”writing about writing,” —but the word writing appeared way too much in a small space, and I almost died. 

meta: (adjective) ˈme-tə

showing or suggesting an explicit awareness of itself: cleverly self-referential

Meta-writing is about creative writing, but not marketing or querying. That shiz changes monthly, and I can’t keep up. This blog is an exploration of why some of us spend whole chunks of our lives writing or reading or having some kind of love affair with words.


How come you say you publish every Thursday, but you clearly do not?

Ha, you caught me. Despite writing for most of my life, and finishing several books, you can often hear me complaining that I’m horrible at consistency. I always loved the tagline of Publisher’s Lunch: “Published Daily. Except When Not.” I don’t know what to tell you. Perhaps it’s better to say I fully intend to publish every Thursday. 

“Here’s the thing:
The book that will
most change your life is
the book you write.”

—Seth Godin

One of my heroes is Seth Godin. He blogs daily. I resisted the same schedule because it felt daunting, but I think I’m going to try it. Is it easier to blog every day than once a week? Only one way to find out. Join us tomorrow for day 2 (hopefully) of the Seth Godin Experiment. 

Sign up to be a subscriber if you want to make sure you don’t miss it.

K. Bye.

 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Skip to content