Friday, August 24, 2007

Professionalism

I've been reading over my more recent blog posts and have found something disturbing - I've lost the initial sense of professionalism I intended to have when I started. As the little quip under the title says, I'd like this to be something entertaining, something worth reading, not just another college kid's blog.

The irony of this is that this post itself I feel falls into the category of "amateur" or, in the worst case scenario, "generic-teen-blog-esque." I've started reading a new memoir by A. J. Jacobs (I state this because my next post idea is largely inspired by this work), and it's exactly what I want this to be. It's not full of entirely profound thoughts, though more than once I've been impressed by what he's written, but rather it's just well written to such a level that it's a lot of fun to read.

As I said, I'll go into more detail in the next post. Ideally, from here on, each post will attain a level of professionalism in the style as well as quality in the writing that will make them a pleasure to read.

Someday, I'd be tickled if someone ever found this entertaining enough to collect and publish as a memoir. The style, the ability to write a simple event like getting locked in a bathroom for 4 hours in such a way that it's fascinating to read is what I want this blog to be (this example is provided in part by A. J. Jacobs). I want to achieve that level of talent that A. J. Jacobs has achieved...which is probably a rather trite desire seeing as how he's the editor of Esquire magazine (among other things) and is exceptionally skilled in his craft. Aspiring to his level of manuscript writing is like an actor saying, "if I could only attain the skill of Ewan McGreggor," or a painter declaring that someday they'd like to be as good as Salvador Dali. That may be a little excessive; though I am currently enthralled with his new work, and I am truly impressed by his writing finesse, he's not Dostoevsky or Victor Hugo. I'd put him on par with Vonnegut, which alone is a great compliment in the world of literature and writing. He's good, maybe even great, but not legendary.

1 comment:

Krusty said...

Victor Hugo once got so mad that he threw a baseball through a dog.

I actually have no idea if this is true, but Dresden Codak said it and they're always right! Also, given your bachelors in Physics, I think you'll like it if you don't read it already. http://dresdencodak.com/ .

So anyway, I see what you're saying, you don't want to go down the slippery path to angst-blogging. I used to do some blogging back in the day, (I was young and naive!) and I found that looking at any event from a professional point of view often puts a different light on things. Also if done right a very humourous light.