Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Two Years

Things I've learned in two years of writing a blog:

No matter how clear I think I've been that most of what I write is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, someone somewhere will take it seriously, and send me an email advising me of the best way to pull my own head out of my ass. Screw that. Having my head up my ass is what keeps my spine flexible.

There is always someone cleverer than me.

There is always someone eager to let me know that there is always someone cleverer than me.

Speaking of people cleverer than me, Josh Friedman needs to update his damn blog more often.

Although I was afraid of offending my co-workers, they have generally responded positively (except for the one who keeps sending me - anonymously, of course - threatening emails) and have respected my desire to remain anonymous. Through this blog I've really learned to appreciate the terrific group of people with whom I'm honored to work.

In a pinch, Google's search function makes a dandy spell-check.

Speaking of terrific groups of people, the commenters here have rountinely made my day by being funny, insightful and generally well worth the effort it takes me to clean up the coffee I've sprayed on my computer screen while laughing (with you, of course. Not at you).

In a truly Pavlovian turn of fate, I am no longer able to concentrate on what I'm writing unless I see a Blogger interface. Damn you, internets.

Many more people than I like to imagine simply do not give a shit about what I think.

In my struggle to frame my recollections of my days in such a way as to make them interesting to other people, I've had to learn to look at my world differently. If I get nothing else from blogging, this one thing has made the whole experiment worth it.


Things a blog won't get me:

Free drinks
Lavish gifts
Famous
Rich
Laid

Okay, that's not entirely true. I have, in fact, gotten free drinks because of the blog.

In two years, I've met some wonderful people and have had a great time balancing precariously on my little soapbox.

I've also noticed that two years is about when most blogs start to repeat themselves.

So, what do you think? Should I keep on doing the same old shit or pack in it while a few people out there still think I'm cool?

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

You gotta keep it up - it's through reading this that my mom thinks she understands what I do...


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John Doom said...

Just keep writing. I'll let you know if I'm going to quit reading if you start to suck.

That's what complete strangers are for! :)

Anonymous said...

Keep rolling. Never read your blog because it was innovative or frull of new things. You've just got a good 'voice' and live a life I like to read about from over here in New York.

Quitting because you're afraid of declining quality would be the first pretentious thing you've done.

Garry_S said...

Hi!

I was going to offer you a free drink when I come down in April, but you get offers like that all the time!

You should keep writing.. I like reading your blog

Ian W/ Hill said...

I haven't been reading blogs or writing a blog for two years, so I don't know for sure, but you certainly haven't bored me yet.

Keep writing, I'll keep reading.

Mark said...

You blog with a wonderful voice. Take a brief hiatus if you need to, but then please, continue on. Just get more serious about addressing that wish list.

Was reading it and thought, "Damn. She's smart. She's funny. And she works hard. That woman deserves free drinks! I can do that."

But noooo... turns out you already got free drinks.

Which leaves the rest of the list. You deserve it all. And I am totally willing and able to help -- except for lavish gifts or the rich and famous part.

Write on, girl.

Dave2 said...

I thought about packing it in on my two-year blogiversary, but ultimately decided to stick with it. I hope you do too, because you're still entirely too cool to me! :-)

Anonymous said...

You're on my favorites list, and I stop by every time I'm on the net. I can't say I know why, you just seem appealing.

Maybe it's because I have this vision in my mind that you are really hot and that we will meet someday and...become acquainted.

Baah! I know that would never happen. I'm a Republican.

Mark MacLeod said...

I enjoy reading your blog. You should keep writing.

Burbanked said...

I haven't been reading you for two years yet, so I can't say whether or not you're repeating yourself.

But even if you did, I'd guess that you'd do so in your own very readable, very compelling style, which really wouldn't be the end of the world.

As a film fan, a former Hollywood guy and even a (brief) production crew member, I can tell you only my personal opinion: yours is among my must-read list EVERY time I see you've posted something new, regardless of your topic.

That's pretty rare and it's mighty valuable, at least to me.

Your perspective and storytelling skills are outstanding and I hope you decide to keep on bringing it.

JCW said...

What is it with you bloggers? Angry Anthropologist suggested the same thing a few posts back!

Of course you must keep blogging -
A) Because I suspect you enjoy it
B) More importantly, because I enjoy it!

You're part of my daily routine now - even if we do go a few days without anything new from time to time. You're fresh and funny and have something to say...don't you DARE quit on me!!

Meg said...

don't stop. i read regularly and encourage my lady to do so too, as she's the one that's on her way to filmmakerdom. thanks for all the laughs.

Anonymous said...

Do, keep writing. The view of film making from the crew perspective is fascinating.

Oh, and where there is free drinks, can sex be far behind? Don't give up hope yet.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is a gas....don't stop.

R.S.Robbins said...

Selfishly, I'd rather you keep it going. Of the zillion blogs out there, this is one of the few I keep up with. ;)

Justin said...

Don't stop.

Meg said...

Validation. External or otherwise. I don't blog, but I -think- that's why most people blog. I love reading what you write, and I would miss you if you decided to stop blogging, but life would go on, I fear (big grin)

Anonymous said...

i think you are awesome. don't leave.

Anonymous said...

Please, please keep writing! You are where I hope to be in a couple of years and reading about someone else who gets to do this work makes me feel like maybe I can do it someday, too.

Spike said...

In a truly Pavlovian turn of fate, I am no longer able to concentrate on what I'm writing unless I see a Blogger interface. Damn you, internets.

It's not just me then.

Happy blogversary.

David H. said...

DEFINITELY keep writing. I enjoy reading other people's stories about what I experience too. :-) Keep up the coolness.

landismom said...

I'm not sure I've ever commented on your blog, but I've been reading it for at least a year. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

I hope you keep blogging. As a LA native, I really look forward and enjoy everything that you write. Congratulations on the free drinks, if you wheren't anonymous, you might get laid more often, as I am sure you have many male fans.

Anonymous said...

I think your smart enough to see that you must go on blogging. Besides YOU and I can relate to the pain of the "Golden Cage".
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Anonymous said...

Do not leave. I moved away from L.A. two years ago, and your blog is a better lifeline than the L.A. Times.

Lost on Location said...

Keep laying the 4 OT Blog... the feed is not getting old as long as you keep finding new shows to keep the content flowing. I would suspect the tiny strands of little white lights and neatly trimmed hedges scrambled you mind. When you work at a project for the more than a few weeks and then get cut before you get to see a job to completion can leave one with a void of dissatisfaction inside. Like when you can't stand up and say "We did it. It is finished and looks great."
I don't work in 728 anymore and have left LA for an island paradise but you blog dose keep that good and sometimes not so good memories of the Biz in my heart (yes even after 15 years of LA it is there). I still play in the local here on concerts running spots and pushin cases back into containers so so the tour can go to Japan.
I did want to comment on your last photo.....you should have just pulled into Mole and wasted an hour and oh.. about 200 bucks on krap you really want but most likely don't need but know it will look really good on your belt. enough ramblings...Just help me keep my 728 jones fed and dont stop dont stop dont stopsont stop dont stop dont stop dont.....

Aloha....
Lost on Location

Mike80 said...

No, don't leave! All the plants wil die!

Random said...

Same Old Shit!

I'm not bored yet, goddammit, and where else am I going to find pictures of couches on the sides of roads?

Anonymous said...

Please don't stop writing! Or you'll frustrate us just as much as Josh Friedman does!!!

Ignatz

Dan said...

(Please read the following in a high pitched, annoying voice): If you stop, I'll kill myself!

Stan said...

Don't worry about repeating yourself. There are new readers coming up all the time. I think you're entertaining, and I know I'm not the only one.

Carly said...

I think you should do what you always do - exactly whatever you want to do. That said, if you shut down, I'd be sad.

SHbookworm said...

Please keep writing...I think you're cool and very entertaining..

Robert Hogan said...

You’re blog is one my favorites. Don’t stop it now, I would be lost with out you and I am sure I would slip into a deep depression marked by massive consumption of Jack Daniels, which would lead to an inflated sense of ego that would finally allow me to pull off that bank robber I have been meticilously planning in order to finance my film, but before shooting starts I would get caught and end up in the tender arms of a prison pimp named Cletus who says that he loves me but would stop calling me as soon as he got out, which would just worsen my depression to the point where I would stroll the prison yard muttering uncomprehensively to myself until one day I just went over the deep end and committed hari kari with a plastic knife from the mess hall. In other words, a typical Saturday night.

electra said...

Don't stop. I may not comment often - but I check in almost daily. I've been out of the biz a dozen years. Reading your blog reminds me of all the hours I whiled away listening to the 'war' stories of those who'd preceded me in the biz. I still think of the unbiz folks as 'civilians'.

Anonymous said...

you MUST keep blogging. think of the poor couches and their 15 minutes!

Sal said...

am v late to join in, but have to say - keep writing