So many of you have already responded to this new little project of mine that I really do feel compelled to let you peek behind the curtains a little bit. That, and I still like writing about the meta-aspects of my projects, so… there’s that too.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I kicked the beast out the front door. Behind that was about two weeks of coding and design work. Since then, it has been another two weeks of coding and design work (far too late into the night) not to mention writing, promoting, and thinking about where I’m taking this thing.
You can see the progress for yourself. I’m just finalizing the details to launch a user-account system that will have some bonus features for anyone interested enough to sign up. (It will be minimal at first, but I’ve been working to add new things and that will continue.)
Part of my biggest challenge, though, has been finding my voice. This includes picking the best topics: I can only write so much after all, so I need to narrow things down to at most one post per day, and picking what that topic will be is not as simple as it seems at first. I’ve been poking at local and national news. I’ve dug around for interesting “good news” stories (at the advice of my mom, of course!) And I’ve even done a bit of “this day in history is important because…” which is interesting if I can find a relevant tie in.
Then there is the tone. Do I go conversational or formal. I’ve been veering hard away from opinions, and trying to stick to facts… but I’m biased no matter how hard I try. And then why shouldn’t I have a bit of my own bias in a project I’m writing, so long as I don’t turn it into a never ending editorial, right?
There is also a balance between light and heavy news: politics is boring but important. Homicide is dark and peppered with speculation that “hasn’t been proven in court” or just plain sensational. I’ve done a few lighter-side pieces, and I’ve written a review of some economic speculation (which was actually more explanation of the speculation than anything else.)
I dig. I practice. I write more. I repeat. I watch this thing grow and hope that I can figure it out faster than it spins beyond my own control, even if that is just to crash and burn.
A voice will come… I’m pretty sure.