Daily Dojo

In Which I Share A Few Words About Blogging…

Hey, how are you?

Been awhile, I know. The blogging thing, I mean. I know, you’re like, “what the hell, Josh?”

See, the thing is, I write a lot more in other fields (my professional fields) and sometimes there’s simply nothing left at the end of the day for the blog. I’m a huge fan of blogs, I read them every day at breakfast and check in before I go to bed, but I find myself in that weird zone of, well, what do I write about? What do I have to say here?

When I began this blog, it was mostly about theatre and stuff like that, because I was still, at that time, a very active playwright. And the timing was fortuitous, since at that time there was a vibrant theatre blogging community and we went back and forth on the subject of theatre and whatnot… there were some fantastic discussions and some glorious flamewars, among other things.

As far as I know, that’s not really occurring, many of those don’t blog any longer or, like me, they blog about other things… for my part, I stopped proactively pursuing a career as a playwright (I stopped writing plays) to work on screenplays and fiction, among other things. I had a kid (and now I have two!) and the life of a penniless playwright wasn’t nearly romantic as it once was. And, to be honest, theatre itself changed, at least the community I was involved in… downtown indie theatre got a LOT more expensive, too expensive, really, considering the mostly zero returns.

Or perhaps I just moved on. It happens. I loved doing theatre, and would welcome a chance to do more… but I don’t miss a lot of the hassle… and, in the end, if the hassle outweighs the bennies, you move on… and for the time being re theatre, the hassles far outweigh the bennies… I have stories in that regard, but I’m not going to share them, not yet.

So I can write about screenwriting, and have… but there is a vast and vibrant screenwriter blogging world out there (and I’m fortunate enough to call a couple of the best ones at that friends) and, to be honest, I’m not yet ready to share a lot of that, either… it’s a journey I’m in the middle of, I guess, and I always prefer to have perspective whenever possible.

So I blog about movie fight scenes (something of a specialty of mine) and the occasional snark or, even better, pimping some of my friends’ work whenever possible (my friend Bob has a movie starting to shoot in Vancouver, my bud Ato is shooting the second season of his series, and my buddy Todd’s thriller novel continues to get good reviews, so check it out)…

And as much as I like writing about martial arts and TUF (the current season is pretty fantastic, imo, much better than last season), I find I’m usually too exhausted to write something substantial enough to share on the blog, and usually by the time I’ve found the space to write it, everything’s usually been said on facebook…

So I do that, but the real truth of the matter is, most of the time I don’t have time to write anything in the blog other than a couple sentences… when I embarked on this blog, I had no kids, a part time office job and a video game habit that would interfere with my writing jags… I wrote when I felt like it, and if I didn’t feel like it, I didn’t. The blog was good exercise in that regard, it gave me a reason to write even if I didn’t feel like it…

But now, these days, I have two very active sons, I don’t play video games and more importantly, I write every day, rain or shine, sink or swim… and I’m very happy with that, but some things fall by the wayside (video games for one) and so blogging has suffered.

Which is okay, since I began this blog mainly has a form of fun and word exercise, nothing more. But I felt I should explain.

BTW, this is what is known as, in the blogging world, as navel-gazing… heheheheh…

But it’s not over, it’s just evolving… I will be doing more here, I promise, there are things to talk about as the days march on and we wait to see what the tide brings us all… it’s important to acknowledge that the rests and the spaces between the musical notes are just as important as the notes themselves… in life as much as in music…

So the blog has been on a rest, but there will be music to follow, I promise…

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