A Blog About Blogging

As a writer I have no trouble at all writing for a blog. But, there is more to successful blogging then just typing out a few witty lines and posting them from your blackberry. Granted, the vast majority of bloggers will do just that, but the other side to blogging is reading blogs and interacting with their authors.

Nearly everyone has quite specific interests in life and chances are that however obscure these are that there are others who share those interests in common. It is equally as likely that some of them blog about it, so it follows that there will be a blog or two about it online somewhere, a place to share information and experiences that relate to commonly shared interests.

I do a lot of research for my writing and so I have spent many hours trolling through search engine lists on every topic imaginable. The sheer amount of data available staggering, often insurmountable, but I have found that most of the time I can find a few bloggers who have made a detailed study of a subject for which I have a passing and cursory interest, and that their blogs on their subject have allowed me to get to the heart of the matter in a trifle rather than having to laboriously dredge through piles of books searching for small references and so forth. In turn I have had readers of my own blog comment that the information that I have published has done the same for them.

Most importantly though, I enjoy reading through other blogger’s thoughts. I appreciate the time and the passion that many of them commit to their pages and then freely give away for public consumption and criticism. In a way blogging represents the spirit of the wwweb as a mechanism for people to share with one another and to build a genuine community.

These are some of my favorite blogs at the moment:

http://writingistheeasypart.wordpress.com/my-blogs/

a great blog with the inside information about agents and publishers for writers.

http://venetianvase.co.uk/

an entertaining commentary on crime fiction and films.

http://andrewvest.wordpress.com/

often insightful and always interesting blog on modern culture.

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About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website http://mountfranklinannualpagangathering.blogspot.com/ as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=D G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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3 Responses to A Blog About Blogging

  1. Steve Powell says:

    Thanks DG.

    What I love about blogging is the accessibility of it all. Whereas publishing is very difficult to break in to, anybody can start a blog and reach a large audience quite quickly. To receive feedback and become involved in an online community is also very satisfying.

  2. I’m the first to admit that I’m a guilty Blackberry blogger at times. Working a full time job, writing and finding time to read books is not an easy task. Add in a family and friends, and well, you see where I’m going.

    I feel that blogging is blogging, regardless of what method you use to blog. Sometimes, when and idea hits I just can’t wait till I can get to a computer, so I must then use my trusty Blackberry (did I mention that it’s going to be buried with me? lol)

    Anyway, I agree with you that as writers, research is just as important as ‘how’ and ‘what’ you write. I think at times that the research is the best part, aside from completetion that is, of the novel.
    Good luck!

    • There is nothing wrong with blogging on the run, in fact that is probably one of the best aspects of blogging, its immediacy. Thanks for the feedback and keep up the great blog- I read it regularly.

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