“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” Attributed to sports writer Red Smith.

I am not a writer. Even as I type these words I recognize the lack of quality in the style and words that I use. A real writer would not be satisfied, would be embarrassed by how poorly the words and ideas are strung together. I, on the other hand, am happy just to have written something – to get some idea out of my head and onto a piece of paper or into the array of ones and zeros that somehow make up this digital world.

I’m not a writer. I also make no assumption that anyone would be interested in what I have to say. Of course, i’d like for hundreds, thousands, even dozens of people to take an interest in what I write and to follow regularly to see what new and interesting things come out of the confusing cavern of my mind. But I’m not so bold as to think that there’s any reality behind that dream. And the evidence seems to back me up on that point as virtually no one has responded over the past 2 or 3 years that I have been writing this blog.

I am not a writer. But I am going to write. And perhaps it is just as easy as Mr. Smith says – maybe all I have to do is sit down at my computer here and bleed a little. So take this for what you will, the bleeding, ugly meanderings of my very unsettled, wandering mind. Or just bleeding ugly.

4 Responses

  1. sarah b. - March 27, 2011


    1. Do people even know about your blog? (b/c I didn’t until very recently)

    2. You are too a writer. A wordsmith at the least.

    3. Perhaps you would get more comments if you didn’t make people have to register. Yeah, I couldn’t believe I had to make up a password just to give you feedback. ;) I like instant gratification… and don’t one more thing (password) to remember. I’m just sayin’… maybe I’m not the only one.

  2. sarah b. - March 27, 2011

    perhaps that should have been “you are to a writer” ?

  3. dan - March 28, 2011

    Yeah, maybe the registering thing is a pain. But I used to get a ton of spam comments. When I redesign things (which won’t be soon, actually), I’ll look into other ways to allow comments but keep out the spam.

  4. Nick Waters - June 27, 2011

    Thank you for mentioning “30 Chick Flicks” in one of your posts!

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