1. Monday, April 24, 2006

    three years ago today i wrote about how to write during a spike 

    – and this little girl wasnt even born yet

    jenny yeah got me on instant messenger last night and asked me to take down the link to her site because she was getting too much traffic and it was messing with her chi.

    i said fuck your chi.

    but i did as i was asked and took down her name and link and put up the boing boing link, which is in the spot where the auction-winning link will go.

    lots of hits can affect the way that you write and for jenny i have this bit of advice, dont pay any attention to the spikes when they come. if you do pay attention, only pay attention to why you are getting the hits and how many they are, but when it comes to writing put aside any thought about hits whatsoever.

    what i do is i pretend that only one person is reading what i write. normally i think that karisa is the only person reading this.

    i know that hundreds and hundreds are reading this, but if i think about that it would alter what i write.

    i know that my family is probably reading this, and if i think about that, it would definately alter what i write.

    one way to keep it real, jenny, is to write stuff that youre too self-conscious to write.

    for example, i love my mom with all my heart, but she doesnt like it when i swear. therefore if i feel like im selling out because im afraid she might be reading that day, i make sure to say fuck a few times.


    this wont really stop her from reading, but it balances out things so that i can get back to writing to karisa.


    dodger ace sandy koufax said that the key to pitching is relaxation and concentration. i think the same could be said to writing on your blog.

    i relax with a generous portion of rum. mc brown has gotten me into captain morgan’s spiced rum.

    i think the relaxation part is simple.

    the concentration part is a little tougher, and thats where your audience of one situation comes in. nobody gets nervous writing a letter to a good friend, and when you write those letters they usually end up focused and direct and good.

    if you are trying to write to a huge mass of people who’s devoted readership is important to you, youre going to run into trouble.

    spikes are spikes. most of those people will never come back to you. never. thats not a sad thing, its normal. think about how many sites and blogs you go to every day and how many you return to.

    people arent going to stay. dont be sad. be liberated.

    but also know that some will stay. and they’ll stay because of the general way that you write, not because of anything special you write that day where everyone is coming.

    dont be afraid, jenny yeah. youre a good blogger. you have good design. if that picture is really you, youre a hot babe.

    im sure your chi is fine regardless of how many clicks get sent your way from the busblog.

    more pics from the wedding