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What's next for this blog space?

A few people have asked me recently whether or not I’m going to become more active in the blog space on this website. (Thanks for your interest!) I’ve been thinking about this on and off throughout the year. It’s tough to find things to blog about while also doing freelance work, writing/editing/brainstorming/revising poems and pieces of fiction, and writing grant applications. I don’t want to be redundant across platforms and it’s been a minute since I felt compelled to post here or on my Instagram. Sometimes, it feels like I’m simply out of words. So, I’m trying to figure out what I want this space to be. So far, it’s mostly been musings and pieces of poetry that I’ve either pulled out of my archives or more recent works that I wanted to release into the world immediately without waiting for the sometimes slow-turning wheel of journal publication to do its thing. I would like to engage with you all on a more regular basis, but I’m curious, what do you want out of writers’ blogs when you take the time to read them? I’m heavily into pop culture. I love to consume it, think about it, talk about it, and basically immerse myself in it. So, should that be the pivot?

Back in the early 2010s, I had a movie review/recommendations blog. I loved writing it but I let it lapse because, in the shift from movie to prestige TV to streaming, I wasn’t sure how to continue writing about movies since I wasn’t going to the theater as much. Nor was I watching as many movies at home. Why sit through a two-and-a-half-hour movie when I can binge nine episodes of some random streaming show with 32-minute episodes? The time bartering still doesn’t make sense and I still participate in the “that movie is too long but let’s polish off an entire season of a series in one sitting” mentality. However, I have been getting out to more movies this year and I’m wondering if I should go back to that route with this blog. Keep the creative writing aspect, so when I feel like posting a poem, a musing, or a snippet of fiction, I’ll do that. But when I feel like talking about a show or movie that I’m currently obsessing over, this might become that spot. What do you think?

My two current obsessions are the series Heartstopper and the movie Bottoms. They both make me so happy in different ways. I am shocked that no one in my life seems to be as over the moon, can’t-stop-thinking-about-it, can’t-stop-talking-about-it, want-to-watch-it-all-the-time about Heartstopper as I am. I am constantly trying to find a way to work it into conversations and yes, maybe this entire post is just an elaborate setup for me to talk about Heartstopper. Have you watched it yet? It’s SO good. It's warm, touching, cute, earnest, and has a lovely colour palette that I find aesthetically pleasing. It took me longer to watch than the runtime for each episode suggests because I kept rewinding to engage with my favourite parts over and over. It was a show that I could not help reacting to with fist pumps, claps, squeals, chants of encouragement, laughter, and placing my hand over my heart. It’s one of my favourite shows of the past two years and all I want to do is talk about it to anyone and everyone. Should this space expand into short reviews of movies and TV shows that I'm spending time with? Maybe as a way to help round out your watchlists and get your feedback on shows/movies that you're into at the moment, too? I’d love your input!


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