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Web Silence, or Why I Haven’t Been Posting Regularly

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So most of you who follow my blog probably realize that over the past couple of months I haven’t posted nearly as much as I had been doing previously. Well, as you all know, life and school and such gets in the way sometimes. And this is just how it goes. I apologize for my absence from the blogosphere and hope to reassure you that I will continue to blog, although they may be fewer and further between… maybe that will lead to quality (who knows right)?

Here’s to my next blog, hopefully soon.

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September 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

A New Blog: Vampires in the Mist

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Recently, I created a new blog to narrow my subject matter a bit. Here, you know that you’re likely to find a plethora of randomness simply because that’s how I roll and don’t plan to stop doing so anytime soon. However, I additionally wanted to branch out and create another blog with more of a refined scope of what it’s about. So that’s how Vampires in the Mist was formed from my little, demented mind.

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Here, I hope to explore my fascination with this immortal, undead figure in movies, literature, television, etc. I have always been fascinated by vampires since I was a little boy, and now, through the glory of the internet, I have the ability to chat with other interested individuals about the same subject. I hope that some of my followers will follow that site too due to my phenomenally clever writing and cynical outlook on things, but if you don’t, I also understand. Here’s to my new blog! (Raises imaginary glass and clinks it with you all). Awesome!

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June 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

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A Troubled Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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So, I’m not going to bore you with details, but needless to say, I am a little frustrated of late. However, I find that this is getting me to write on my blog more. Now, some may say that this is weird, but I find that it helps keep me busy  while I am mentally working out a problem. So, yeah… anyway, I thought that I would let all my subscribers know that I am going to try to find more time to write in between my work week at grad school and my time I spend studying and such Here’s to writing!

–Barry

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September 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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Blogging Another Frontier

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So, I saw the article on the main wordpress.com page and thought that this might be a good challenge for myself to keep my blogging regular. I’m kind of sporadic with teaching and going to school myself sometimes because let’s face it that takes the forefront of my attention…I have to do well in school. However, I think that I need to try to keep up with my blogging on some level.

Honestly, I’m going to shoot for having at least 3-4 posts per week. Still, I hope that you guys and gals out there in the blogosphere will forgive me if I slack on my duties to my blog sometimes. So, I will try my damnedest to do what I can.

Here’s to blogging for the New Year of 2011!

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January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

200

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No, I’m not talking about Joan Rivers’s age. I’m not talking about a legendary group of Spartans played by Gerard Butler…sans about 100 of them….I might be talking about monetary compensation that you could give me if you want, but that’s entirely up to you (please say yes). Really, I’m talking about the number of posts that I have made on my blog. 200 is a big number for me. Why? Because usually I can’t commit to something that long and keep going with fresh randomness…or B. S. whatever you wish to call it…

One might ask me at this juncture why is it that I choose to blog? This is an excellent question because when I first heard of blogging I wondered what kind of people do it, and what is the motivation? Soon after starting I discovered why. It’s an amazing outlet to bounce ideas off of other people…it allows you to write something that isn’t judged upon its academic merit…you are judged by the interest in your piece. It’s actually quite freeing. You write for an audience of bloggers or friends that they might receive some of the knowledge that you have to impart.

The main reason that I blog though is to alleviate frustrations that I may be feeling in everyday life…basically, it’s like an online journal except that I know other people might be out there reading and thinking “Oh God! That sounds exactly like me.” There’s something about feeling connected to the world at large via words and rhetoric that makes you feel one with humanity that a social networking site cannot do. Maybe I am spewing a load of crap here…maybe it’s my slightly sleep deprived brain…who knows? Maybe I’m not real at all. Maybe I’m a figment of your collective imaginations….

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October 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

100 Posts and Counting

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So, I’m up to my 100th post on my blog…I don’t know whether that’s to be celebrated or what…It just boggles my mind that I’ve posted this much, but I think it ties into the idea of why I wanted to blog in the first place. I think blogging has become a favorite pastime of mine for several reasons.

1) It allows me an open forum to rant/discuss my ideas. Not everywhere do you have this. Given I have the workplace and multiple friends that I feel open to chat with; however, this allows me to just randomly talk and chat with myself as the primary audience and you readers bounce ideas back and me. It also allows me to get my entire idea out before some people (and you know people like this) start trying to interfere and add to my idea.

2) Blogging is kind of like a journal of my thoughts and ideas. It might seem weird to put these out in such a public forum. But what do I have to hide? Hopefully, no one thinks that I do have something to hide because really I’m quite boring and I don’t. It actually gives me something I can go back to later in order to get inspiration for writing or thinking in general.

3) It’s my way of really relaxing sometimes. There is nothing better than sitting down and typing away on a computer to get the mind pumping and the creative juices flowing. Blogging helps me get into a good frame of mind to do many things. It settles me down for going to sleep at times (as seen by the late postings of many of my blogs). It helps me get my thoughts in order (after a day at the old grindstone).

4) Finally, it’s getting me back in the writing habit. I hope to go back to grad school in the fall (more like an I am sort of thing at this point) and know that I will be required to write a lot. Now, for an English major, you may be thinking this shouldn’t be a stretch. However, after being out of school and without a purely academic job for a year, I notice that my skills have gotten rusty from not using them. Blogging is really allowing me to get my “writing hat” back on. I’ve noticed that as I’ve been blogging thoughts and ideas for writing projects I’ve been working on come a lot easier.

When thinking over the randomness that is my first 100 posts, I can see where my mind has been and possibly where it is going. Whether writing poetry or discussing the new Captain America queries, I can see that I have definitely spurred something in my head to write which for me is a good thing.

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March 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Poetry and Writing

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If you have visited my blog, follow it, or are just seeing it for the first time, it will be very evident that I like to write poetry. I don’t know what it is exactly, but poetry fascinates me. I mean honestly think about any poem you like. Poems take us to places that prose cannot. Why do I say this? It is because poetry taps into the raw inner being that is our unconscious, purely human side. I know it might sound silly; however, think about it. What prose has ever made you feel in a few sentences what a poem does?

–Poetry has a need to be concise. If it isnt’, generally, the poet will lose their audience fairly quickly. When dealing with a not linear form of writing (as I think poetry is due to the fact that it does not necessarily follow a set pattern of word placement or have a definite placement on the page), it is easy for a reader to meander off the beaten path and be totally unaware of what is going on. This is why in my own personal poetry I avoid flowery language a lot of times. This is why I have very specific word choice. This is to create vivid images/thoughts directly in the minds of those reading (at least that is my aim).

–Poetry is a writing of emotions. If you don’t have some feeling behind your words in a poem, most assuredly, the poem will be dry and stagnant. Poetry is a wonderful because it connects with us on that emotional level. Whereas, other literary forms can leave us feeling very detached and on the outside looking in.

–Songs are poetry. This may be another reason why poetry connects with people (including myself) so well. I am a person who loves music. I’ll listen to anything from Lady Gaga to The Phantom of the Opera to classic rock and most everything in between. I am musically eclectic. The lyrics of these songs are poetry in their own right. Each word is chosen specifically to convey some emotion in the song (which the actual music also helps too). Think about any song. If you took the lyrics away from the music, the words themselves would be a stand alone poem in its own right.

 Why do I write poetry? It’s simply because it allows me to get out ideas and thoughts that any other medium would have trouble conveying. Now, I’m not saying that I’m an Emo kid writing poems about death and pain (however, I do have poems about death and pain…I just don’t think they’re emo-rific. They’re classier than that). My poems are inspired by life and the world around me…some are silly (like one about a piece of lemon floating in a glass), some are creepy (like another about an angel [Satan] sitting on a hill watching soldiers die), some of them are commentary on the world (like “Stardom”)…I write poetry because it frees me and allows me to connect with others in a way only poetry can.

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March 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm