Thursday, August 21, 2008

What's Going On?

My blog has an identity crisis.

For my merciful friends and family who've continued to read this throughout it's infrequent posting, it may have a definite identity. That being: Okie's thoughts.

I still don't know what to make of it. And over the past couple months I've only written when I felt like it or when my schedule permitted, though I was keeping a steady posting regimen in the beginning. Now, over the last couple weeks, I've delayed posting because I don't know how to write on here. I don't know my blogging identity. I've given anecdotes, memories from the past, poems, current events, observations....

Maybe I should just write whatever the hell comes to mind? That's what I'm doing now for lack of a better alternative. But I want to be professional and place quality work on this blog in order to be respectful and grateful for those who take the time to read it.

So I'm asking you: Does my blog have an identity? What do you like/dislike? Should I keep doing whatever the hell I've been doing -- I'm not sure what that is but I'll try to figure it out? What do you think?


  1. What the hell is a "blogging identity"? Posting anything beyond what you want to post, what you feel like posting, will give you an identity crisis and an insincere blog. Every post you have penned "fits." Spurts of fiction and short reflective essays peppered with poetry = Okie.

    That said, perhaps you should set up a schedule again. You did well with that in the beginning. Now that life is a bit more stable your schedule is less likely to be disrupted.

    Don't worry about us; we've eaten up everything so far. Don't worry about "quality work"; we'll tell you if you seem to be wandering. I'll tell you what I tell the kids: carry a journal, carry a camera. Use both daily. Your talent and insight will take care of the rest.

  2. I think this post is great...because it's YOU and what you're thinking/going through right now, which is what a blog is for--to share what's going on. You usually do that in poems or stories, but you can also say, "Hey! What the hell is going on?"

    Write what's on your mind. Even when it's "ramblings," we love it! There's only one Okie in the City. We're hooked:)

  3. Fitter…happier…more productive. This computer jockey says OK! to Okie in the city

  4. First, it's summer. Most blogs slow down when you're choices are not limited to darkness and cold at 5:30pm or blogging.

    Identity blogs are for corporations, imho.

    Not to say I don't identify with your comments about "waiting to post". It's killed my production and I do regret it. I think that I will polish later and in the mean time, life has happened and I have something new to post about, forgetting or neglecting to post the first concept.

    I suggest doing what you feel like, it is your blog.

  5. A. If your blog has an identity crisis, mine is fucked. I basicallly just vomit whatever I feel like into it on a semi-irregular basis and try to make it entertaining. Though now you have me wondering if I'm being disrespectful to my readers...

    2. Write whatever the fuck you want. It's your blog. The people who love you want to see all the sides of you. I do, anyway. And I like the mix of introspection, poetry, updates, whatever. It's like trail mix with m&ms versus peanuts. I think you understand my analogy.

  6. Also, LOVE the advice to carry a journal and a camera and use both daily. I think I'm going to take it. The advice. And do it. What the advice advises.

    Maybe my blog can then form and identity.

  7. Do what you're doing! I love your thoughts and I can't get enough of the inner workings of your brain. Don't worry about a unified vision...I struggle with my blog all the time (is it a photo blog? a life blog? an anecdotal blog?) and I've come to the conclusion that it's none of these, and that's okay, too. The important thing to me is the discipline to keep it up--whatever it is.

  8. I love reading your blog. Especially your poetry and bits of fiction. I think ramblings are good too. I understand the issue of not posting anything unless it seems really interesting or well-written. I sometimes rewrite my postings several times so I don't sound like a complete idiot. It's a public venue so it's not like writing in your journal. It's more like taking the stuff out of your journal that you'd actually like to share with your community.

    I don't know if that helped.

  9. Yes. Just write whatever the hell comes to mind. That's what I like about your blog... it's always thoughtful and interesting... :)

  10. K just do what you do. It is always exciting. Be real. Being you is this blog's identity :) do the usual with new insights :) mol