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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

My Life as a Blog: All the Autobiographical Posts in One Place

When I started this blog two years ago, I did it to increase mindshare and enhance my brand presence in the cultural marketspace.

Mischief managed.

Also I had this feeling that nobody knew who the hell I was. And that the people who did know had a somewhat distorted sense of what I was like. Like I was this snobby Harvard/Yale/Time guy who wore an ascot like Fred on Scooby-Doo, or something. Which fair enough, how could you not think that? But as you can see in the picture below, I much prefer a floppy ruff.

So in this obsessive way, that I wasn’t totally in control of, I did a series of posts that amount to a sort of mini-autobiography. It was almost compulsive. It was definitely confessional. Essentially I wrote a lot of posts about awful, embarrassing episodes in my life.

It probably served some therapeutic function that I don’t fully understand. Some of this stuff I had never really talked about generic zithromax chlamydia with anyone. But I’m actually pretty proud of the writing. It’s bloggy and messy, but I kept it very honest, possibly too honest. In places I think it’s even funny, in a self-immolating kind of way.

So since there’s been an uptick in blog traffic recently, I thought I’d aggregate those early posts for recent arrivals. With appropriate parental warnings. See below.

Why I Went to Harvard and then Yale Part I and Part II
Parental warnings: depression, fear, high school, graduate school, extreme boredom

How Not to Become a Writer, or, Why I Have Not Been to Maine in 20 Years
Parental warnings: depression, extreme boredom, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

How I Got Published; or, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Parental warnings: whining

The Time I Met J.K. Rowling, Part I and Part II
Parental warnings: booze, divorce, depression, really bad journalism

Writing and Anti-Depressants, Part I and Part II
Parental warnings: depression, treat with ativan, suicidal ideation, drugs. Maybe booze too, I forget.

The Flight of the Halcyon
Parental warnings: cuteness


5 comments on “My Life as a Blog: All the Autobiographical Posts in One Place

  1. M says:

    i never seen an uptick in traffic
    *kicks google analytics*
    i think it’s broken!

  2. LizzieV says:

    The fanfic article initially brought me here and it’s the “fred on scooby-doo” tag that will keep me coming back. Brilliant!

  3. Cryston says:

    That certainly wasn’t something i was expecting. Though i must admit it’s interesting to make the comparison between the stages in your life and your fiction.

    The call back to Compuking still has me chuckling to myself.

  4. Jaimie says:

    Saw the article on The Magician King on CNN. The comments are hysterical. I’ve never seen a book both piss so many people off and make them crazy in love. Proud to be in the latter camp of course.

  5. Sara says:

    Fascinating stuff, read all of it and realised I find your personal blogging as interesting as I do your books (well…almost–your books have magic in them).

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