From the ashes of our trashed draft posts, we are coming back, stronger than ever. Why?
Well, I can only speak for myself, but I see that nevermind the podcasts, the twitter feeds, the facebook groups or the multitude of how-to books and messageboards, there is still nothing like the blogosphere for disseminating information and dispelling misconceptions. In our case, it would be about the craft and business of screenwriting for various media (film, tv, the web…) There is so much misinformation and uninformed opinion masquerading as fact and authority, that something must be done. If we have any hope of helping others on their writing journeys, which, I believe we should, then we have to start doing it by writing more. Also, I got away from what was a great way for me to work out my own thoughts and feelings about this chosen path, and I think I’m worse for it, in some ways. I’ve had a lot of changes since I was last posting here on a regular basis, new experiences and wisdom to share. It’s true, there are a lot of details I can’t share because of prudence as my sister and I pitch our projects and take meetings, but I had made the mistake of not talking at all, rather than acknowledging the things I couldn’t say and talking about the more general lessons to be learned.
This weekend at the first official Scribosphere Meetup/Reunion (“meeting again, for the very first time!”) I made this proposal to the bloggers present, that those of us who have been negligent should do what we can to improve our blogging. That means posting more regularly and linking to each other frequently, so that we can all share audience, share thoughts and opinions. This is, of course, how we all got to know each other years ago, and I think it’s worth reviving the community we had here, so we can tweet out quick thoughts, but then go into depth on our blogs. Not every issue is easily summed up in 140 characters.
To aid in our endeavor, I proposed that we kick off a Blog Carnival, described in the Wikipedia Blogging Glossary as: A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
Each week one of the denizens of the scribosphere will propose the topic of the week. Those who wish to participate must link to the originator of the topic and as many other blogs who respond (this is best accomplished by the bloggers commenting on the originator’s blog with a link to their article, so they can all be curated). Since I was the “genius” with this brainstorm, I was elected to go first.
I’ll be posting my article and topic later today. I hope many of you will participate, and hopefully in time, we’ll have a very active scribosphere (and maybe some new members!) joining in the fun. It will at least provide everyone a reason to post at least once every week, and usually once you start blogging, you find more and more reasons to do it, resulting in more posts. More content = more visitors = we all start talking to each other in more than 140 characters again.
As to how we decide who picks the next topic… well, that we will need to sort. You have a week to think of a topic. You’ll have this week to post on the one I blog tonight.
The motto of my blog has always been “Post, or you’re toast.” I’m done being toasted.
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This post was written by Shawna Benson on September 23, 2013