Thursday, October 14, 2010

A New Direction

Captain’s blog, supplemental:

I don’t think I’m the worst blogger ever, but I’m probably a hall of fame candidate. There are a lot of obstacles standing between blogging and me. Maybe I should just call them what they really are: excuses. I don’t really want to dwell on those excuses, so I’ll just say that they’re pretty good ones.

There’s one that does get in the way more often than the others, though. It may not show in my writing, but I’m very dedicated to giving all my readers a positive experience, whether it’s entertainment, exposure to a new idea, or… something else people get from my blog. Anyway, this dedication makes it difficult for me to choose topics to blog about. I like to consider myself a bit of a Renaissance Man; I have a lot of interests that I’d love to write about. All of these interests meet in my brain, all hoping for expression. They cause such a racket, that it eventually becomes easier to just not write about anything at all, so they’ll quit jumping up and down in my subconscious. To sum that all up, my blog lacks focus. Fortunately, I’ve come up with a partial solution.

But first, a quick life recap. Last week, I traveled with some other journalism majors (Some of you probably don’t even know that I’m a journalism major now. I need to write more.) to Las Vegas for the annual SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) convention. One of the workshops there dealt with creating a personal brand to help advance in the field. I’ve thought quite a bit about that recently, and figured that my blog would be a good way to do that.

Okay, back to the solution. My partial solution to my blogging difficulties is to… wait for it… start another blog! Sounds crazy, right? How can I do two blogs if I can’t even do one? Hold on just a second, though. I have another point to make.

As a journalist, my primary interest is in the world of sports. Oddly enough, the Captain’s (B)Log hasn’t featured very many sports posts, other than my occasional mentions of the Super Bowl. So, starting very soon, I will be beginning a blog devoted exclusively to sports that will hopefully gain a following that will help push my journalism career along. I think it’s a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself.

Ah, but what of the Captain’s (B)Log? This blog will stick around as my personal blog, and I hope the new blog will help bring new life to the old one. I think I may start doing more movie, music, and TV reviews. And of course, I’ll try to blog about the important events of my life as they happen.

I may not blog very often, but when I do, you certainly get your money’s worth, don’t you? Any thoughts on these new ideas of mine?