Blogging 101

Who Are You? What Is This Blog?

Hello fellow bloggers (and readers)!

My name is Jillian, and I’m a blogger.

I am, among other things, a librarian, amateur chef, reader, cat lady, and occasional writer.

On this blog, I pretend to be a film critic. I started critiquing bad movies as a way to entertain a few of my friends on Facebook, then decided to begin blogging about the frequently terrible movies I watch.

I decided to switch from Facebook to WordPress for writing these posts for a couple of reasons. First, as a librarian, I DESPISE the way Facebook organizes notes; it’s so easy for them to get lost in time and space since it’s impossible to search by keyword. Blogging gives me more control over the look, content, and retrieval of my posts.

Second, I’m more likely to stick to goals for myself if I have a lot of witnesses. Everyone in the world can see when I don’t post on time (and I know everyone is personally disappointed in me when I neglect to post).

Blogging allows me to multi-task when it comes to my personal goals. Being critical comes naturally to me, so I decided to use this talent(?) to do something productive. I’d also like a low-risk way to get back into the habit of writing and gauge how people react to it. By blogging, I can stay busy, get some writing practice in, and meet new people without the slow torture that is small talk.

Soon I will probably just blog about whatever movies I watch, regardless of whether they are considered bad or not. (I can do goals for myself, but I always end up breaking any limitations I place on myself.) I might eventually review books, TV shows, recipes, or anything else that strikes my fancy—anything that will keep this blog interesting for me (and hopefully for you). My hope is to trigger other writing projects by working on this blog, but I’m not sure I’ll ever post any of that here.

Through this blog, I’m taking the Teddy Roosevelt approach to life: “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid” (yeah, I’ve been watching The Roosevelts). I probably won’t be a Teddy Roosevelt-level badass, but I’m determined to stand my ground when facing the grizzly bear that is blogging.

Please feel free to ask me anything at all!  I’ll probably answer you as long as you don’t ask me something creepy.