Tami Parker Other Duties as Assigned

What is this Blog?


The History of My Blogging

I find myself at a conundrum.

I’ve had a blog ever since college. (Livejournal peeps in the hoooouuuuuse)

I used that original blog for some randomness … but mostly for posting Blue Moon serially.

I had a blog for my weight loss way back when, and nixed the blog once I hit my goal weight. (No, I won’t give you a link, and yes, it was hilarious to re-read younger me’s writing voice)

I had Egotistical Priest for a long time, which focused on World of Warcraft … a game I no longer dedicate that sort of time and effort to.

There was Choose, which was for posting another story. And TavenMoore, which focused rather strongly on the writing craft.

The Present Tense of My Blogging

Now, I’ve been struggling with what to post.

I’ve never been a slice of life blogger, and it feels weird to even consider a blog based solely on what’s going on in my life right now. I never like that sort of spotlight anyway. Even my facebook is primarily cat photos (though I’m down to checking it maybe once a week, so even that is a waning endeavor).

When I think about the sorts of things I would blog about with a focus on slice of life … it rings hollow. False, like a bell made of plastic.

The writing prompts that I posted for much of last year honestly didn’t generate much commentary — I don’t really know that anyone was reading or enjoying them (which is totally fine, so please don’t rush to their defense in the comments). They weren’t serious writing for me anyway, more like rough sketches to keep my writing from completely atrophying.

Book reviews also — I enjoy sharing the books that impact me, but I’m not sure any of the readers here really care to have an alternate stream of reading suggestions and I don’t want to start posting negative reviews just because they’re more entertaining. Positivity, yes. Negativity, no thank you.

Thinking Thunky Thoughts

So I’ve been doing some thinking. I do like having a blog. I like the link to the readers, most of whom I have no other real contact with. I get to check in on YOUR lives a little every time you comment, and it makes me happy.

But I don’t want to blog JUST to blog, either. I want to have some kind of content that makes ME feel fulfilled and that I hope you would enjoy reading.

I don’t feel comfortable posting my next work in progress here. I am itching to throw my hat in the traditional publishing ring, even if just to see whether I get any bites. That means no early chapters posted anywhere. Plus, it allows me the luxury of crappy writing that can be edited later … and also for purely selfish reasons allows me to keep you (my pool of alpha and beta readers) unsullied by previous knowledge when I beg you to read it later.

So what’s a Tami to do?

Learning is My Bag, Baby

Well, I’ve evaluated my history and I think that I am happiest when I am sharing things that I have learned.

Whether it’s a new recipe, a video game trick, or a writing technique — that’s when I’m happiest as a blogger.

So that’s what I’m going to try. And if that doesn’t work … well, I can always convert it to a static site if I need to.

So on that note, I hope you’re all SUPER interested to learn about Hawaii, because my next book takes place on a volcanic island and I have PAGES of hand-drawn notes to transcribe.


  • I don’t have a lot to say, unfortunately, so, ᕕ(⌐■_■)ᕗ ♪♬.

    For my part, I tend to read (and enjoy reading) what you post, even when I don’t comment. Sometimes, I don’t have anything to add.

    And ahhh the old livejournal. I need to import some of those into my current site before it goes the way of myspace.

  • Hi, I’m just playing catch-up in a lot of areas of my life, so I’m very much late to this party. This post popped up at the bottom of the page after I posted my last comment on the “Read More” button.

    I think the thing that struck me most about this post is it looks like I could’ve written it. Right down to the “weight loss” blog (which is why/where we first met).

    I feel the exact same way. I feel compelled to continue blogging, but also didn’t want to do it just to do it. A post should have meaning and not just be a checkbox on a weekly todo list. I think taking most of this year off (unplanned as it was) helped me out. It’s not that I have a huge pile of posts ready to go (I don’t) but am starting to think about turning the blog into more of “personal web journal.”

    Whether anyone is interested in it or not is another topic. 🙂

    • My experience (YMMV) is that the people who have stuck around ARE interested in the personal web journal aspects. It’s still difficult for me to write a blog post that doesn’t seem helpful or useful in some way, but I’m trying to get better about it. =]

Tami Parker Other Duties as Assigned