One Year Anniversary; A Discussion of Lessons, Opinions, Columns, and Blogs, With Help From TheByteDaily

Date: April 11th, 2012

TheByteDaily

One Year Anniversary; A Discussion of Lessons, Opinions, Columns, and a Blog With Help From TheByteDaily

It began when I listened to Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me, and decided that I had had enough; enough of her terrible music, enough of a lack of voiced opinion, and a lack means to voice such an opinion. After consulting with a few friends over the next few days, I registered a blog name with WordPress, opened a Twitter account to promote the blog, and began writing for TheByteDaily. The first article I ever wrote was, by all conceivable means, a literary mess that ended all too abruptly because I had run out of things to say. Ironically, by having had my fill of Swift’s music, I had found my appetite for discussing why I didn’t like her music all too satisfied. For one of the few times in my lifetime I was unable to say anything more about a given topic; for one of the first times ever, I had run out of an opinion to provide, and I relished every single minute of it (irony, no doubt, at its finest).

The first two months of writing had me publishing an article almost every single day, for no other reason than me having so much to say, and a forum that would actually respond when I said anything. The first few articles continued the pattern of ranting, and it wasn’t until I got my first bit of feedback, from a writer friend (who I’ve referenced a few times before) that I realized I actually needed to work on what I wanted to say before I said it. In every sense of the term, I realized I needed to plan and prioritize my opinion, so it would be read like an opinion piece, and less like a rant. It was also around this time that I learned that my opinions were often nothing more than trivial annoyances and that, if I wanted to have anyone continue reading my articles, they would need to be better written and, most importantly, better edited.

I like to think that, after the original consultation, the articles got better and were focused. I like to think that, after the original consultation, the articles I wrote had an overlying theme, in addition to an underlying message. I like to think that, after the original consultation, I more or less found a relative groove when it came to writing and that my writing was more fluid and melodic than when I began. That being said, I was also more than aware that my stances and point-of-views on issues would need to change and, if not change, then adapt.

My opinions remained constant, but it was my voice that adapted the most. I learned that, not every thought in my head was a good one, and I also learned that not every sentence that came to mind could be written down to match the flow of an article; I learned that not every opinion I had needed to be expressed in a single article, and I also learned that a single change in emphasis could ruin the entire thesis of a piece of literature. Finally, I learned that there were multiple ways to insert my opinion on two or three different topics by writing a single article, and that few little couldn’t be correlated to make a point.

It reduced the consistency of my updates, certainly, and what was originally a daily blog began to adhere to a tri-weekly, bi-weekly, and, quite often, weekly schedule. I still haven’t really found the perfect schedule to follow, but I have come to the conclusion that the only schedule I really need to follow is my own. The blog, quite frankly, has helped me come to the conclusion that my opinion is my own, and though it is affected by certain outside factors, the way I choose to defend it and uphold it is a choice that is mine. Hilariously, this has helped me learn that not everyone agrees with my opinion, and even fewer people care; it simply doesn’t change the fact that I have one. Time may have passed since the publication of my first article, but that is a fact that has remained steadfast: not everyone agrees with an opinion and, more often than naught, fewer people care.

Interestingly, this revelation helped lead me to an even more obvious fact: I write, not for other people, but for my own enjoyment. Certainly, I write and blog so that other people may become aware of my thoughts, and discuss them with me, but my work isn’t so much for other people as it is for me. It’s difficult to come to terms with this, considering the whole point of the blog was to broadcast my opinion, but in a metaphorical sense, TheByteDaily is akin to a personal journal; I write every few days or so, produce my opinions, stop writing, and return to complete the cycle (and to read. The only difference between a journal and the blog is that, while a journal is intended to be private, the blog is intended to be very public.

I digress, however, as finding a central theme to certain articles led to the expansion of the blog, what was once a source of opinion on anything that sparked my interest, from a moral, psychological, social, and philosophical point-of-view, became a source for opinions on the arts, and the absurdities of daily life. Certainly, TheByteDaily always had TheBytePost, but soon enough, the individual column for analysis branched out into TheByteScene and TheByteWeek, and these extensions produced a more narrow thesis for each article, allowing for a better written piece of literature. Of course, this also meant shorter and more succinct articles that didn’t carry on for three pages, though, once again, fluidity and a central thesis are also to thank.

In every sense of the word, the two columns that I added to TheByteDaily were created specifically so I could identify and categorize my daily musings, and while it would be just as easy to segregate everything into a single group (despite the oxymoronic nature of such a statement), I find that having three columns has actually helped me write better. By separating events into distinct categories, I’m able to change my tone, and adapt to writing in a different style. TheByteWeek is far more laid back than TheBytePost could ever hope to be, and TheByteScene is an amalgamation of the two; part opinion, part everything, and anything, else that it needs to be.

Of course, at one point, there was TheWeeklyReview, a small weekly column that I released every Saturday to sum up the week’s articles, and to discuss anything I wanted to talk about that couldn’t be put into article form. I do regret not being able to continue TheWeeklyReview, though its end marked the beginning of TheByteWeek; whether I lost anything is a rather fluid concept, though I can say that I gained the peace of mind knowing that I wasn’t letting myself down by not writing a weekly review every Saturday.

The future of the blog is difficult to ascertain and, quite frankly, even I don’t when (if ever) this blog will cease to have a contributor and writer. As such, I can say with a fair amount of certainty that, until such a time as I am unable to contribute, or find a suitable replacement, and until such a time as I feel my opinions don’t matter (which, quite frankly, may never happen), I will continue writing, producing, vocalizing, challenging, defending, and upholding my own opinion.

As always, this has been your Admin, the Avid Blogger; comment, subscribe, and criticize, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

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