I've been wanting to change my blog layout but I haven't decided on a template. My artist side wants something bold and dark, but my practical side knows better. Simple might be boring, but it is easier to read.
And let's face it, if you visit a blog, you are only going to be impressed by the graphics the first time and then you'll ignore them. So maybe I'll stay the course unless I find an easy to read template with a little oomph for my vanity.
My mother has been visiting and I have been overly distracted. The woman can wear out a saint. But I think she's had a good time despite her eccentric daughter.
I know she didn't believe me when I told her we lived in the wilderness, but I think she believes me now. She worries that I am too isolated, but that's only because she thrives on lots and lots of people. Something I try to avoid.
All this musing has got me to thinking about the writing community as a whole and where I fit into this picture.
Coming from an art background I was used to pecking orders and faux hierarchies, those little make believe groups that insulate you from all the artists that haven't reached (in your opinion) your level of expertise. But the writing community seems even more cliquish than the art community. There are multiple skill levels, multiple acceptable genres (and that changes depending on who you talk to), and untold numbers of peer groups within peer groups.
I'm sure each of us can point fingers at one group or another for playing the elitist. This was fine when I was twenty and green as grass, but today it feels silly and pretentious. And the blunt truth is, I don't want to play that game.
So I find myself at a crossroads of sorts.
We writers are a tender bunch, always worried about what everyone else says about us. But I think from now on, I'll worry less about which people I should be schmoozing with, and more about giving the reader what he really, really wants--a good read.
Mom would like that.
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