In case you couldn’t already tell, I don’t actually read a lot of blogs myself.
Correction, no blogs. I currently follow zero blogs.
I used to follow waitbutwhy, and loved it, but I don’t know if that still counts as a blog. It’s more like books, published in blog-form. I mean, the guy was gone for three years and then suddenly re-emerged with this major thing that he has been working on during that time. Sounds like a book to me. (except that it’s being published free and online. And in parts. But still as a cohesive thing where you have to start at the beginning – so, still like a book, but in blog-form, but not really… Whatever, I don’t know, the point is, waitbutwhy is great, and it is its own thing. It has gone beyond labels)
Anyway, other than waitbutwhy, which is not a blog, I don’t follow any blogs.
That doesn’t bode well.
Reading books is important
For aspiring writers, reading books is of vital importance. In the words of John Green: ‘It is the only apprenticeship we have’.
(full disclosure, I haven’t actually read any of John Green’s books. But I love vlogbrothers, and Dear Hank & John and also every other writer ever has said something along these lines, so the quote stands).
I’m assuming that reading blogs is as important to a wannabe blogger, as reading fiction is to wannabe fiction writers. Am I a wannabe blogger though? I’m just writing this because I love to write and because so far (six posts in) it’s still fun. I’m not trying to make this my life’s profession. Like I said before, I just want to write often.
I get that you have to study professionals when you want to achieve something in that profession. Which is why I read a ton of books and I always learn something. Whether I love a book or hate it, I learn from it. Both Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have taught me stuff about writing children’s/YA books, even though one is amazing and the other is horrible.
Here’s my question: Do you also have to study the professionals when you want to be an amateur at something?
Because even when you aspire to nothing more than amateur-status, you still want to be good at the things you do, right? Or at least, improve.
So right now I suck at writing blogposts, but it’s fun. And even though it is already fun, I would still like it if, say, a year from now I’m less bad at it than I am today.
That’s how we work I guess. Even when we don’t aspire to greatness, we always aspire to progress.
Anybody have any suggestions for blogs to follow?
Leave your suggestions in the comments, I would appreciated it immensely
I probably shouldn’t be writing about this. It doesn’t make me seem very confident and knowledgeable about the World of Blogs (my third strike I believe, after this and this). But that’s just the honest truth. I hang out on youtube mostly so I don’t know any blogs I actually like, nor do I know any bloggers, either online or irl, so I’m really very very green.