They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With that in mind, I’d like to thank The Post and Courier. About three weeks ago, P&C staffer Dan Conover began keeping an online eye on local bloggers, much in the spirit of the Weekly Geekly. Check it out at www.postscripts.typepad.com/lowcountryblogs. He also wrote some kind words about the Geekly on his personal blog, to which it links.
As Conover suggests, part of the reason this whole new media revolution is so great is it puts the means of production in the hands of the masses and loosens the grip that dynastic media outlets (like the P&C) have held for years. These days, everyone has a voice and the ability to share their views with the world.
But what if you lose your voice?
Posting regularly can be difficult. If you’re the author of a blog, unless you’re getting a ton of comments and e-mails on your posts, it can seem that all those posts about your boyfriend’s lack of style, your podcasts about international coffee flavors, or the photo essay of Piggly Wiggly stores aren’t being read or listened to. It’s no wonder that most bloggers and podcasters quit, or “fade,” after a few short months.
So what do you do when you get blogger’s block? How do you fill the dead air of an uninspired podcast? Well, you can either gracefully bow out of the ‘sphere with a post or cast letting folks know that you’re tossing in the towl … or you can quit being a friggin’ sally and jump back into the fray.
Chances are you’re bored because you’re not writing/casting about what you’re interested in, and if that’s the case, what’s the point of it all? Remember what it’s about — sharing your thoughts, opinions, and most of all, having fun. It’s not all about growing an audience, getting a weekly column in the City Paper, and hearing theme music in your head as you walk down King Street (badass theme music.)
If you’re still stuck or thinking about fading, seek inspiration by checking out some new sites and. It just so happens that I have a few for you this week. Well, I have one for you, and a plug for a new City Paper blog (don’t hate me because I’m crafty).
Moncks Corner Moments (http://cantalyssa.blogspot.com) Heather writes about everything from her gran’s “scratchy-ass afghans” to pokin’ fun at the grub we eat here (she’s got a great pic of a “Gizzard or Liver Dinner” restaurant sign). Mmmmmm … hickalicious. I just started reading her, but I like what I’ve seen so far.
The SpoletoBuzz Blog (www.spoletobuzz.com) (I told you there was a shameless plug coming) The City Paper‘s own Patrick Sharbizzle’s festival-season blog debuts today, covering absolutely everything Piccolo and Spoleto — including interviews, reviews, goatee-twiddling, rants, praise, and more (see Unscripted on page 43). In addition to logging his daily adventures amongst the Spoletians, Sharbaugh’s gonna be podcasting this year’s festival, recording live interviews and cut-up sessions with festival artists, organizers, and anyone else he thinks might give good audio. Look for it soon on both iTunes and the SpoletoBuzz Blog.