What’s Camille doing? She’s starting a blog.
I just wanted to write something down. Something I could churn out quickly. Something that wasn’t solid enough to go into my writing projects or secret enough to go in my journal. A “Hey, here’s what I’ve been up to” kind of blog. You know, something to jumpstart those creative juices. A few friends I know already had blogs on wordpress, so I figured “why not?” It’s a pretty nice site (always say gracious things about your host–er, host server).
But it isn’t that easy. No, it goes way beyond logging on and picking a blog name. All of a sudden, you’re required to choose a template that’s supposed to visually sum up everything your writing and your thoughts are about. I mean, am I more Rubric template or “Girl in Green?” One shows a pen and the other is, well, a girl in green. Despite all appearances, I highly doubt this issue has been put to bed. After that, there are widgets. Widgets?! What the hell is a “widget?” And which widget do I want?? I wouldn’t know my “Akismet” from my “Meebo” and yet I better get it straight or I can file this under “blogfail,” right? Then do I want an archive of my blog posts or a calendar? I haven’t even posted one post in one day and I’m expected to decide how to display them? How will I know what my categories are? Links versus blogroll? Is an RSS feed a sailing term? The pressure is getting to me. My desire to jot down a few random musings has turned into an anxiety-riddled night of determining forms and functions, styles and search engines. Gah!
I finally take a deep breath and tell myself “in time.” In time, I’ll figure it all out. For now, just write. This is what Camille Dewing is doing today. She’s writing.