Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recently I had a read of Jeremy Clarkson's book "The World According to Clarkson". Every thing he said was very, very amusing, but complete rubbish. Nothing I read was really true or relevant, he mostly spent the time being mean to politicians (though many deserve it), and celebrity's in the most hilarious way, but without a really good point.
I once read (in a Readers Digest): "Get a someone laughing, and then you can tell them anything"
Although you want a column (or in my case a blog) to be funny and easy to read, it is pointless unless you get a good point across. I want what I write about to have some type of purpose, not whether the Brits or the Russians look better in speedos.
Yesterday I had a chat with James Brunskill, whom I consider my Blogging mentor and is my only reader, he was talking about a podcast he had heard by somebody or somebody else who said that basically columnists usually end up just raving about whatever had happened to have happened to them that day, and finding one way or another to blame Facebook or the Internet for it. But what is a column\blog apart from a little rave? In the movie "You've got mail" the lead character is writing something on the Internet where she ponders life, she then continues to say: "I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void."
I would like to think a column is more than just a rave into a cosmic void, a column should be a opinion put carefully into writing, showing the reader your idea of things, but without forcing them into believing it. It should raise a good question about society and life. Whether or not it answers this question depends on the subject. But, in the end, it is just someone having a little rave. I looked up the meaning of rave in the dictionary, and I picked out a few of my favorite results; to talk or write with extravagant enthusiasm, an extravagantly enthusiastic appraisal or review of something, Relating to or being an extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review.
A column is a review of something, currently I'm reviewing columns, and a review requires an opinion. And if your not passionate about writing, or what your writing about, then don't bother. To me a rant or a rave is enthusiastically, and passionately stating your opinion. And that will always be a good read, whether or not the reader agrees with you. Whether or not what you have written will be meaningful or true depends on what the rant was about. This rant, helped me understand what it is I'm doing (or should be doing) with this blog. And it will help me in the future, if this rough, smacked together blog ever becomes refined, and maybe turns into a column. I will always try to bring something new and fresh to the reader. Which shouldn't be to hard, I've lots of strong opinions.

Dan B

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