Jealous? Get Better and You Won’t Be

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I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I just fell in love with dooce.com.

I’m in a conundrum now. I want to write like her so bad it hurts. My wife encourages me when I get jealous about people’s writings. “You do write well, and you are funny.” I think she’s just humoring me until she says things like “you just don’t let yourself do it very often.”

She’s referring to the fact that I write on business and geekery and that I don’t have fun with it. A few times, here and there, the occasional good time comes along. But most of the time it’s kinda … well, sterile. Maybe it was all the Mountain Dew I drank as a kid. And when I say kid I mean 26 years old.

I can’t help it though. That text editor opens and I start thinking of code and logic. It’s a scary switch that just turns on. It really freaks me out sometimes, actually.

Did I mention I hate New Years resolutions? So, this isn’t one of those dastardly things, but I do want to commit to attempting to maybe possibly working on writing better.

I’m not sure how the content will change on this blog in the next month or so, but it just might. So, if you don’t mind, bear with me as I try to become less crotchety again. I tried it once and then just fell back to my toothless, mothball-smelling, golf-loving, bridge-playing ways. It’s a struggle, but I’m going to give it a shot.

[tags]dooce, writing, quality, humor[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

5 Comments on "Jealous? Get Better and You Won’t Be"

  1. Michael says:

    Good luck with your metamorphosis. Just don’t try to be something you weren’t meant to be. The world needs all kinds of writers, funny, serious, whatever. I have found that just being me works best for me. When I try to be like someone else, it seldom works. But you have to follow your dreams. Good luck.

  2. Buddy Boy says:

    Stop writing about making money off of those for whom you are writing. That’s a start.

  3. nate says:

    Michael, thank you. It certainly won’t be… um…. not me. I’ve written well in the past, when I was having more fun in life. Right now, it’s a time when I continually look to the future and then freak out about it. That’s kinda depressing, so more than changing my writing style, I’m hoping to change my attitude in the same moment.

    Buddy Boy, thanks for the kind words of critique. I know I’ve been doing that a lot lately, but believe me it wasn’t intended to be irritating. It was intended to be informational to those who are also trying to make money using websites. Some people have found that stuff as good info. Others, like yourself probably, find it annoying.

    I’m going to try to strike a balance between information and trying to be a little less… i dunno… lame. The natural thing that will happen I think will be that I will probably talk less about what you mentioned. But, no guarantees.

    I appreciate the thought though. I’m curious…. why do you read my blog? What posts do you like? What positive reinforcement can I get from ya?

  4. Jeff_ says:

    Well, I can’t speak for Buddy Boy, but I read your blog because I enjoy your laid-back, intelligent writing style.

    By all means, Nate, be yourself – whatever that happens to be – serious, casual, experimental – whatever, man, because your readers appreciate your blog for you – for your voice – even if 100% of the topics aren’t perfectly aligned with our interests.

    As for experimenting with your writing style, I say go for it. I, for one, will continue to read even if you begin writing like some goofy teenager.

    “Less crotchety” is great, just remember that there is a fine line between “casual writing” and “losing your credibility”.

  5. nate says:

    Thanks, Jeff. I appreciate your feedback. I will of course be myself. I certainly don’t want to become some goofy teenager (again). Been there, done that. Hated it.

    But, I’m hoping a more entertaining method of talking about the same things will not only make my writing more appealing, but help me to lighten up a bit (in life) at the same time.

    I’m hoping it will show a different side of me that already exists. Ask my wife and my friends. The entertaining side of me comes out when you’re with me, so if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. ;) Hopefully, I can work some of that fun into this blog. That’s the goal.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers!

 
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