Saturday, September 30, 2006

To blog or not to blog

First thanks to all my friends and bloggers who called or emailed me about my dad. He is going to be okay.

I was debating posting about the cancer the first place. I know there are some blogs where every detail of the blogger's life is on display. My former assistant was the first person I knew that had a blog. I thought it was so weird. Why would someone post an online diary? I have keep journals since high school but only I read them. My assistant was more than 10 years younger than me and all her friends had blogs. It didn't seem weird or self-absorbed to them.

I don't know how many blogs there are but I have to watch myself. Some of them are so informative and/or entertaining I could spend all day reading them. I have spoken to writers and other bloggers and they told me to write what I want. I grew up in a culture where people do not "put their business out on the street." Also my life is so freaking boring, if I were to write about my personal life all the time the posts would be very short.

This blog is not a Hollywood version of Wonkette (again, I'm not sleeping with anyone so nothing to post about. Althougth I did stand next to Brad Pitt on the Oceans 13 set. He's not a bad looking guy...ha). I don't talk about the inner workings of the biz or how one can break in. There are other blogs for that.

I started the blog after the crazy year I had. I know I post about nonsense most of the time. Feel like your life is going nowhere and you might be depressed? Blog about Project Runway and why Rachel Ray gets on your nerves. I don't think I will start blogging about the things that keep me up at night anytime soon. Everyone says writing can be cathartic but we'll see.

I have to admit I did feel better after I blogged about my car drama. I received the bad news while I was in Rome. I was with my fried Max. I was so pissed and told her I shouldn't blog while angry. She disagreed and told me to let it rip. Despite every other word in that post being with a "f" and ending with a "k", I'm was able to enjoy the rest of my trip, once I got that off my chest.

I'm glad I started this blog. I would not have started writing again were it not for this blog. I don't know what will happen with my novel but writing it has been one of the most creatively fulfilling things have done in my life. Through the blog I am able to keep up with my friends who live all over the world. We don't feel as disconnected anymore.

I have "met" some incredible people because of our shared interests in writing or Italy. Los Angeles can be an very lonely place, especially if you are not from here and work 24/7. It's easy to get "caught up" in the shallowness of celebrity culture. Reading my favorite blogs remind me it's a big world out there. I'm happy to be a part of it.


Kali said...

I enjoy your blog! I love that I can read various blogs from people all around the globe, and while we are different in some ways, deep down we are alike. That gives me a warm fuzzy feeling!

This reminds me though, I told myself that I would try to use my blog every day, and I haven't written anything in over a month - oops!

Ebony and Ivory said...

Kudos! You go girl! I think you have a great blog. It's real and not sensationalized, just like you said. I love that. Sometimes writing your feelings, whether it be happy, angry, sad, etc can be theraputic. At least I find it to be and it's nice when you get comments from people who empathize so you feel like your not alone. What a great way to meet people from all walks of life! It's like reading mini-novels of their lives. I need to find that angry post with all the "f" words!! Sounds like an interesting read! Keep blogging!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Thanks Kali and e/i.

E/i the post with all the "f" words was sometime back in early May. I was so angry. I didn't feel like going out to dinner with my friend and her friend. One it was almost 10 p.m. and two I would have been poor company. It took me almost two hours to walk back to Trastevere.