I currently maintain two different blogs for two different reasons.
Serial Distractions is my “writing” blog…it is the home of “Shedrick the Writer” and his “writerly” stuff. I post my stories, reviews of other works about writing, literary con reports, etc. It is geared toward my professional (and semi-professional) writing endeavors.
My other blog, Pencil Neck Geek, is my “personal” blog…home of “Shedrick the Geek” and his personal ramblings/musings/etc. Here I post reviews of movies I like, talk about my life and the people in it, geek-out about various pop-culture events, etc. It is where I’m “just a guy”…an incredibly geeky one, but just me nevertheless.
As I begin to write more and visit blogs of other people I admire (Mur Lafferty and Wil Wheaton, for example) I’m wondering if I should consolidate my efforts into a single blog. “Shedrick the Writer” is the same person as “Shedrick the Geek”. By separating my efforts into these two directions, am I’m splitting myself unnecessarily? Am I spreading myself too thin?
Granted, bloggers like Wil Wheaton are not only good authors but are also appealing personalities. People not only read him because he’s a great writer (and he is) but because, let’s face it, he’s Wil Wheaton. I can’t really claim that level of interest.
If I refer to myself as a writer, I always feel as if I need to add various caveats (wannabe-writer, aspiring-writer, part-time-writer, etc.). Maybe if I am just “Shedrick the Writer” and also blog about my geeky stuff then I can be more confident in introducing myself, and thinking of myself, as an actual writer. On the other hand, though I’m not always a serious writer, I want to be taken seriously as a writer. So maybe posting a blog in my “writer’s residence” about my latest geek-obsession, however interesting it may be, will not get me further down that road.
There is my dilemma, oh sages of the blogosphere. Any thoughts? Any guidance? Feel free to comment!
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Note: As you read this blog entry, you probably encountered some “self-referential” links. This is due to the fact that this post will be broadcast on two different blogs. Thanks for your patience…the Management.