The Bitch is Maybe Kinda Back

Jules Vilmur Jan 2016This is my I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-blogging face.

I’ve been making it for ages.

It might be because I’ve read too many of those articles  on how blogs have become these focused, monitized and must-have marketing tools. All the joy has been squashed out of this thing I once loved so I haven’t wanted to do it or talk about except on the rare occasion that I read a brilliant book or get gut-punched by a movie and want to shout it from the rooftops.

That’s how it started.

We were living up at UC Santa Cruz and I was avoiding my thesis project by reading the online diaries of strangers. And it occurred to me that I could more productively procrastinate if I started a public personal journal of my own. It went a little something like this. And this. And this. It was marvelously messy.

In the heyday of  unfocused, unmonitized, babbling blogging I met a ton of people and made a bunch of friends. I even kept a fat fistfull of them (yes you). But somewhere along the way we got busy, got lazy, ran out of words or time.

I’ve kept the blog all these years for all the wrong reasons.

I can’t remember the last time I took great joy in shouting from the rooftops. And I was thinking, how nice it might be to do that again – ignoring all those authorities with their platform-building manuals, SEO strategies and affiliate programs – and just writing.


For the sheer pleasure of doing so.

Who’s with me?

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16 Responses to The Bitch is Maybe Kinda Back

  1. doubleinvert says:

    I’m in. I never had the time or inclination to figure out how to monetize my blog, and anyway that was never the idea behind my blog(s) in the first place. — Connie

  2. Well done Laurustina — I feel the same way 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Jules — the power to do or not do is yours alone… so be it and may your postings be fun for you and not a drudge or make you feel as though you have to post something or they will forget me…bless the mess and keep your mind fresh you are much loved and appreciated.

  4. monabliss says:

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!! I will shout from these rooftops with you again, woman. I was a part of those early days, those golden days of blogging, with you and so many others and the point then was simply to write…but more than that it was a way to write out loud. I need that again. As soon as I can get my blog back in shape I will join you…it will hopefully only take a few days or so.

  5. Judy P says:

    I’ve thought about this too. I still have my blog (though I’d probably need to message Brad to remind me how to log in and post), and have thought about the fact that I miss just throwing whatever up onto a page. Work has turned into a career somehow, which is awesome, but has left me with much less free time than I used to have for posting, but I’m game to try again. I’m so grateful for the friends I made in those days that I still have (even if I’m super lame and miss their awesome holiday party!).

  6. petebeck says:

    hmm… thinking….

  7. dianegsocialist says:

    I’m excited. I’m up for it. Let’s do this thing.

  8. So cool! Glad your back with your blog, it was how I found your writing!
    I’m loving blogging right now, taking time to write things I love about things I love or that mean something to me x

  9. You’ve always been one of my favorite writers, so yeah, I’d like to see more. 🙂

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