About a year and a half ago, I started a Twitter account, with the goal of getting a little network set up so that I could launch a blog about comic books. I’d thought about starting a blog a few times before, but was never sure about the logistics of getting the word out. I didn’t want to email all of my friends every time I had a new post, and I wasn’t sure how to get information about it to people beyond my immediate circle of friends. But I’d noticed the way people were using Twitter, and it seemed like a good mechanism for letting people who cared find out what I was posting, and also networking so that new people could find what i was writing. I called the Twitter “MadMarvelGirl”, because I was in some Russian literature/comic book heroine combination headspace that made me think “Diary of a Mad Marvel Girl” would be a funny name.

So far so good, but then — I didn’t actually end up writing the blog. For one thing, once I had the blogging idea in my head, I started talking to my friends about it and realized it would be more fun (and, umm, maybe less work) to share comic-book blogging with other people than to do it on my own. That’s how Fantastic Fangirls was born, and while I was working on that with some of my favorite fangirl-friends, having a personal blog seemed kind of redundant.

Beyond that, though, I found out that Twitter filled a lot of the functions that I had expected to use the blog for. When a thought crossed my mind, I could share it. It was fun and kind of liberating (good things) and also it saved me the work of having to compose my thoughts into actual paragraphs (maybe not such a good thing).

With over a year of group blogging under my belt, though, I’ve started to think about adding to my repertoire or, at least, changing things up a bit. I like my work on FF to look relatively polished — I’m not just putting it out in my name, after all, but under the aegis of a group that I respect and adore and am proud to be a part of. But the downside of polish, for me, is a degree of self-consciousness that sometimes keeps me from writing as much as I’d like. The spontaneity and strength of reaction that I use on Twitter is usually tempered a bit by the time I have a finished article, and a lot of times I find things I start going unfinished — or unposted — because they don’t feel right.

For the month of December, then, I’m going to try an experiment of spending some more time with my personal blog. (Don’t worry — she says as though you’re gripping the edge of your seat — I’ll still be with FF; in fact, we have a fresh post today, which includes a little questionnaire you should all feel free to fill out.) My goal is to post something every day of December — some things about comics, probably, but mostly the other subjects my Twitter account sometimes touches on: things I’m watching, books I’m reading, gadgets I’m playing with, places I go in my free time, the ongoing and ever procrastinated process of getting settled into my new house. And Bruce Springsteen. Of course.

I have a very broad outline of topics I want to cover this month, but it will probably come down to what I feel like on that particular day. Fantastic Fangirls isn’t exactly what we thought it would be when we started, and neither is my Twitter. One of my goals in keeping this blog is just to write and not be self-conscious or worry about who’s reading or what they’re going to think. The flip-side of that is, while I’ll be linking to these posts from Twitter and from various other places I have a presence (yeah, I use Facebook, but it’s mostly private; I promise that’s because it’s boring!) But don’t feel an obligation to read or comment here because you comment on other things. And if we’re talking and something comes up that I wrote about, I won’t be like, “OMIGOD AREN’T YOU READING MY BLOG? BUT. If it happens you’re reading and do want to comment, I’ll be happy to get feedback, and I’ll do my best to answer it. (I don’t think WordPress enables comment-reply notifications, unfortunately — does anybody know if WordPress enables comment-reply notifications? — but if you check back I’ll try to respond and all that.

Also, if there’s something you’d like to see me blog about, or a question you want to ask, feel free to use the comments for that. If I have to make rules about contents of comments (which I don’t anticipate), I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Until then the Golden Rule (which is, in a paraphrase I’m stealing from Wil Wheaton, “Don’t be a dick”) is the only one that applies.

Now, I have to decide if I’m going to clean my house or watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles DVD I have from Netflix.

I’ll let you know how that goes, tomorrow.

-Caroline

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