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Categories of Writing Themes

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Today’s post is very short, but an important one to me, because it focuses in on something very unsettling about my writing style, and how my mind works when I face the blank page.

Most successful writing on the internet falls into two categories:

1) How I Can Teach You how to Live Better Based on What I Have Learned About Life.

Example: 40 Odd Things I’ve Learned in 40 Odd Years.

2) Friends, This is Why Those Who Disagree With Us Are Bad.

Example: How a Generation was Captured by Thrashing Hysteria

When I sit down to write a post, an action I intend to do every day for the entire month of March, the two categories of writing themes that immediately come to MY mind are —

1) I Do, Think, or Act WRONG, and That UPSETS ME

2) Friends, Despite Being My Friends and Generally Agreeing with Your Worldview, You Still Do, Think, or Act WRONG, and that UPSETS ME.

That’s not a healthy way to live.   Or write   Or see the world.

You see — this post is Topic #1 — I Do, Think, or Act WRONG, and That Upsets Me.

I’m stuck in a vicious cycle!


  1. Faiqa

    I think you nailed it. I’m trying to be more transparent about communicating what upsets me. It’s funny how two ppl can have very different natural rxns to the same thing.

  2. Kim

    You know, I would much rather read that things upset you rather than “X upsets me and here’s how you fix it!” I am burned out on reading people’s advice for life. Even recipes are pushing me to the brink lately.

    This is also not a healthy way to see the world. I’m working on it, though.

  3. Kirsten

    My posts tend to just reflect on complete abstractions – like an interesting thought that maybe shouldn’t have ever been a full post. This may be our first clue as to why I stopped blogging…

  4. Jack

    I rarely know what I am going to write about before I start writing. I just do it. Sometimes it is about my kids or parenting, sometimes it is fiction and sometimes it is just crazy shit rattling in my head.

  5. leila

    i love this and that you’re writing on the internet. recently i’ve developed a weakness for taxonomies.

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