Some days, I can come up with a blog post and off I go. Today just happened to not by one of those days. Sure, I do have a couple of blog ideas that I’ve set aside, but nothing really spoke to me today. Then as I started to attempt some stream of consciousness, but even that just wasn’t working out so well. That’s when it occurred to me that I could just write about writing and why I do what I do here. Yes, folks, we’re going into meta territory. Strap on your seatbelts.
A History Lesson
A few years back, I was a first-time panelist at Dragon Con and I was approached after one of the panels. The audience member wanted to know if I had a blog or a website where I wrote down my thoughts about things. After the con, I went home and Just Tegan was born.
If you go back through the archives, you can see that I did very little with this site when I first started out. I didn’t know what I was doing or, well, what I wanted to do with it. Micah offered to do a website redesign for me with the caveat that he’d only do the work for me if I promised to actually do something with the site.
For the better part of a year, all I did was post the Weekend in Geek on the site. Every now and again, I’d get a flash of inspiration and write up a blog post or something. It was infrequent and random. This year, I decided that I was actually going to get my act together and generate some actual content.
That’s how we’ve gotten to where we are today.
I’ve established in the past that I am a terrible procrastinator. That said, I made a promise to myself that you guys are going to get something from me by midnight my time. I generally aim for more than 10 p.m. So far, I’ve managed to keep to that schedule and keep my promise.
There are days when the content nearly writes itself. Last week’s list, for example, came easily to me since it was inspired due to some of my personal frustration with everything. The hardest thing about that was trying to find pictures to go along with everything.
Typically, I’ll wake up on a Monday or Tuesday morning and start trying to figure out what I’m doing as far as the day’s blog post or list. Depending on my work schedule, I try to sit down and get everything rolling by mid afternoon. Blog posts just start with an idea and flow from there. I don’t actually plan them as far as structure or anything. I essentially write as though I were giving some kind of lecture.
Tuesday’s lists can be like pulling teeth sometimes. First, I’ve got to come up with a list idea. Then, I have to look up the items on the list. Once I’ve accomplished that, I do my ranking thing. I sometimes rethink the order and second guess myself. Once I’ve done that, I look for pictures. Following that, I write about a paragraph for each list item. Sometimes the pictures and writing is reversed. It depends on how fast the words come.
Now that I’ve gotten the hang of the HTML coding, the Weekend in Geek isn’t all that difficult. It’s just a little time consuming from time to time as far as just putting all of the events in their tables. I always feel like I’m missing something and I have been known to go back to add events to the table if I’ve missed it. That said, if you do know of upcoming events, let me know.
Reviews are pretty self-explanatory. I generally review something I’ve recently seen, either in theaters or on Netflix. I try to tackle that earlier in the day otherwise I just run out of steam and things get short and not up to my usual quality standards. Yes, I have those. They’re pretty lax, but I’m working on becoming more strict in that regard.
Why I Do This
I like sharing my thoughts about things that interest me. It just so happens that there are folks out there that share my interests. I like contributing to the nerd community by offering my own perspective. Also, I just like writing out stuff.
Since I still exist in a culture so loudly dominated by male voices, I feel like this is something I should do. As a queer female who lives on the internet, I’ve got lots of thoughts that aren’t expressed by folks in the mainstream. I’m not any kind of official spokesperson or anything. I wouldn’t presume to claim that kind of title. I just like offering a different viewpoint. That’s one of the discussed goals of Just Tegan (we do have these chats, just ask Micah).
Finally, I do this because of you guys. Yes, if you’re reading this, you’re part of the problem. What I mean is that you’re one of my reasons for continuing. You read this. You engage with me either in the comments or on Facebook. I love getting your feedback and it’s always a pleasant surprise to know that people actually read what I affectionately refer to as my “word vomit.”
Just the other day, I excitedly mentioned to a friend of mine that I got a comment on this site from someone I didn’t even know. That’s just pretty darn awesome. Keep them coming. It really does make my day. No one likes blathering on into a vacuum. Well, okay. Absolutes are generally proven false. So, yes, there are probably folks who like blathering on into a vacuum. I’m just not one of them.
When I started this site, I never really had a grand plan for it. I just wanted to do my thing, speak my piece, and just see where it went. Fortunately, I’ve got Micah to be my big idea guy.
We’ve got some really great things planned for the future. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I’m excited. Just stick around and keep being awesome. Your loyalty and dedication will be rewarded.
If you like what I do, let me know. If you have any questions, comments, or things you would like to see me write about, let me know. I’m all over the internet and I love hearing from you guys. Can I call you my fans? I’ve always wanted to have fans. Would you guys get a weird nickname?
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Just, again, thanks. I know I’m getting redundant, but you guys are fantastic. Without people wanting to see what I do, what’s the point?