through a convoluted series of events that span almost an entire year and include writing classes and comic book fans, i’ve been invited to participate in a closed beta for an up and coming …um… let’s go with “conversation site.” they define themselves much better and it’s probably better for me to just quote them instead of plagiarize:
Murmur is not a blogging platform. We are not a social networking site. We aren’t your home on the web. We are your soapbox, your flyer on the telephone pole, your crazy man at the bus stop, your pulpit, your reviewer’s seat, your talking head on the TV and your radio show.
got it? anyway, it’s a closed beta which means that while you can’t participate in the site yourself (by creating content or commenting on/rating existing content), you can read what others have written.
a few days ago i posted something that rumbles around my brain every time i hear that someone intelligent has read and on some level enjoyed twilight. i did my best to keep my utter distaste of the series at a minimum, and it looks like i’ve succeeded. feel free to judge for yourself.
it was so well received that i mustered up enough courage and free time to post another just now. since it’s primarily about how much i enjoy Warcraft, it likely won’t get the same reception as the first. i tried to make it as “approachable” as possible, but in the end, it’s still about warcraft. together though, they paint a pretty accurate picture of what i might bring to the site as a regular contributor, so no regrets.
how fab is all of that? almost a year after saying “i’m going to be a writer when i grow up!” i’m sort of kind of taking a step towards it. granted it’s a beta site and there’s no money involved and at some point anyone will be able to do exactly what i’m doing there, but hey, i’m doing it! even if this experiment ends up not going anywhere for me, it’s been an incredible confidence booster. i’ve always glossed over the praise and encouragement of family and friends because that’s what you do for people you care about. does this mean any praise i’ve given is false? of course not. i have a complete double standard on the concept and do not care. :)
the whole endeavor has been a great learning experience for me. i didn’t expect my writing style to change much from here to there, and even it hasn’t to the overlapping audience, it certainly has inside. i’m analyzing the words i chose more and culling out a large percentage of my rambling (but not all, it’s still got to be me, you know). random lessons from english teachers past have come creeping back in. i don’t want to be arrogant and say i didn’t realize how much better my raw talent could be with a bit of tweaking and purpose, but i think that’s probably the best way to describe it.
see? confidence! yay me!