Obligatory welcome

27 Apr

I know what you’re thinking. Louis, you already have a Twitter account (two, actually), a Facebook page, and a Tumblr—why did it take you so long to start another blog?

I actually hoped that Tumblr would be the right venue for me to work on my longer form writing, but it turns out the site was conspiring to upset me. How else to explain the constant downtime, the omnipresent glitches, and the fact that all my best writing got buried under pictures of cats. I realized that while Tumblr is a fun way to connect with friends, it’s not really the ideal blogging service. So I decided now was as good a time as any to return to my WordPress roots, and to snag this domain name before all the other Louis Peitzmans beat me to it.

The other problem with Tumblr is that it follows Twitter’s model of approval-seeking. On Twitter, you get stars and retweets; on Tumblr, you get hearts and reblogs. Either way, I never felt like I was writing for myself so much as writing for attention. Which is kind of the point of writing, but it definitely clouds one’s judgment. I want to be able to express my feminist rage and subversive gay agenda without feeling like I’m out to impress people. I stand by everything I wrote on Tumblr, but I freely admit I refreshed that shit constantly to make sure someone dug it.

I wish I could tell you what I intend to do here. I’ll let you know once I figure that out. For the time being, you can expect rants and rambles, pieces that are longer than 140-characters, and very few straight reviews. I get paid to do that elsewhere, and now I have this horrible problem where I expect money for critiquing things.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to send them my way. Bonus points if they’re positive.

4 Responses to “Obligatory welcome”

  1. Julie April 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Without taking a lot of time out of my busy schedule — just wanna say — I heartily agree with everything you’ve said here. And think that writing a *real* blog is a valuable thing to do, for a variety of reasons — especially if you’ve got a lot of shit to say, as you clearly do — and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next, based on this exciting start!
    Wanna go halfsies on a support guy in India?

  2. Jennifer McB April 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I found myself feeling very similarly to Tumblr. At first, it was a bit of a refreshing change from Twitter, but ultimately, I realized that the attention span of Tumblr readers is very much linked to whether or not they like you, not if they like your writing. Pictures get more responses than words, also.

    I really like what you have to say about this subject, and look forward to reading more in the future (I also really like your Twitter.)

  3. Kerry April 28, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    I love your twitter and I am looking forward to reading more from you.

  4. Bobby April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Me siento muy…Me siento muy…Muy…Excited!

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