Why Blogging About Writing Is Like Riding An Ostrich

Mostly, it feels like all the blogs and websites are just whooshing down some crazy information highway.

Some people know what they’re doing and have the race cars to get there, while others just roll along in their minivans, or on their environmentally friendly bikes, getting forward in their own time. It’s an awesome, collaborative trip, and most everybody does it for the wind in their hair and the joy of the ride.Β And if I think about it, having a blog about writing feels pretty much like riding an ostrich.

 

1. Holy crap, there are no reins on this thing!

Ostrich Ride 01

 

2. No matter how well you think you’re doing, you still look like a complete idiot.

Ostrich Ride 02

 

3. If you panic, you might end up strangling it.

Ostrich Ride 04

 


4. You can’t get it done without ruffling some feathers.

 

5. Most of the time you just wonder what the @#%& you were thinking.

Ostrich Ride 03

 

6. You learn some unexpected things about balance.

Ostrich Ride 06


7. If you’re really lucky, you might even go places with it.

Ostrich Ride 07

 

Blogging about writing fiction is both thrilling and downright scary, and feels very much like riding a crazy, big-ass bird.

Both of them require a sturdy sense of humor, a spirit of adventure, and a healthy serving of humility.

 

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26 Replies to “Why Blogging About Writing Is Like Riding An Ostrich”

  1. Huh, I never thought of it as riding a “crazy, big-ass bird”, but with a blog like Building Character, you make it all seem so easy. πŸ™‚ Saddle up your crazy bird and keep riding/writing, Vero!

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  2. I don’t know about all that, but I do notice your drawings are richer. New program? Or are you gaining skill as you wrangle that ostrich?

    (Once drove past an ostrich farm – talk about a freaking stench! Whoa. Nasty.)

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    1. Heh, both I guess. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the compliment!

      I used Paint before, and this time I’ve toyed with Inkscape, which means I went from drawing with my finger on a touchscreen to drawing with the mouse and using vectors. It’s the first time I’ve done anything with vectors, so it took me two days to draw these cartoons instead of two hours tops, but I like how they came out and it was a fun process. I got a lot faster by the last cartoon, so I’ll probably stick to vectors for a while. πŸ™‚

      Ostriches aren’t my favorites either. πŸ˜€

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  3. πŸ˜€

    You nailed in on the head, Vero! By the way, are the graphics creator too? Awesome!

    And I think you’ve changed up your website design since I’ve last visited. Looks nice! Very clean. πŸ™‚

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  4. I know how this feels on so many levels, haha. I’ve definitely made all the blunders, but I don’t want to give up blogging because I meat so many great people, and I wouldn’t want to change that for anything. πŸ™‚

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