I seem to have hit a wall this week. I have tons of ideas for posts for the holidays, especially once we get into December, but I have major writer’s block at the moment. One of the problems is that I still haven’t figured out what I want this blog to “be”. I could talk all day long about movies, TV, and the “biz” in general, but I also want it to be a personal blog. I don’t think of myself as a critic, so I don’t want to do too many in-depth reviews. And there are so many places you, as readers, can get your entertainment news and schedules of what’s playing when, so do you really need a Tuesday DVD round-up and Friday box-office play-by-play? Not to mention my glorious lists I love so much. Buzzfeed kind of cornered the market on those, so am I bringing anything new to the table besides the fact that they’re my own lists? As you can see, I’m second guessing EVERYTHING.
I know I shouldn’t overthink it. The blog is for me first and foremost–it’s my creative outlet and passion project. But I also want people to read it and you know, enjoy it. It doesn’t have to turn into a business and I don’t need to put undue pressure on myself, I just really want it to start moving me forward in my life. Hell, it took me over two years just to start the thing. And even then, I was still in perfectionist mode, reading books on blogging so that I “got it right” from the beginning, and texting my best friend for a solid week with all of my blog name ideas, until she probably wanted to throw her phone out the window. I finally landed on the one I liked best (but wasn’t perfect!) just to get things rolling. I told myself I would try it for at least one year and re-evaluate then, but at least I would be actively trying to get myself closer to the kind of work I want to be doing. Especially right now, when I’m living in a city that is wonderful for writers, but has almost no career opportunities for film, television, and even the performing arts. In another city, I’d love to go on more field trips and offer more one of a kind elements. (For example, Drew Barrymore recently came here to talk about her new memoir and I really wanted to cover that on the blog, but she sold out day one. Coming from larger cities, I had no idea I would need to act so fast!) Which brings me back to what to do with this blog. I was bursting with ideas one week and now I have scraps of paper and lists (of course) all over my desk and basically every piece of furniture in my bedroom, but sadly half of them I can’t read because I wrote them in the middle of the night. (Anyone else get their big ideas at 3 in the morning?) I’d also rather write 3 or 4 times a week and have it be more meaningful/fun/interesting, than feel like I need to crank out “just anything” daily.
So that’s where I am this week. A little self-doubt, with a dash of indecision. If there are things you’d love to see more of, or things you can do without, please feel free to leave me feedback in the comments section below.
In the meantime, here’s what’s going on in television for the rest of the week…
Project Runway: Junior – 9/8c Lifetime – NEW If you were a fan of the hit show, this version is all about the teen designers. The fact that there are teens out there who are not only crafty enough to already be designing, but savvy enough to be on a TV show too, makes me feel like a super underachiever.
2 Broke Girls – 9:30/8:30c CBS – Season 5 premiere.
New & Returning this weekend:
Spotless – SAT 10/9c Esquire – NEW I have to be honest, I had no idea Esquire had its own channel. This is their first scripted series, and after watching 10 minutes of the pilot online, I was intrigued. You can catch the first episode online for free here. I haven’t checked to see if I get this channel yet, but if I do I’ll definitely be recording this one.
Into the Badlands – SUN 10/9c AMC – NEW This martial-arts genre mash-up looks cool, but I’m not sure if it’ll be able to deliver the way Firefly did once upon a time in the same kind of genre-bending way. This trailer explains the show better than I ever could.
The Royals – Sun 10/9c E! – Season 2 premiere. I couldn’t even make it through this very campy pilot last year, but I know this is pure fun for some. I mean, Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen and Joan Collins as the Queen Mother! (I secretly hope the Royal Family gets together on Sunday nights to watch this.)