August 1, 2006
Over the last two months, this blog has become part of my daily routine: during much of my free time, I’m either writing or thinking of things I could be writing about. As readers of this site have no doubt surmised, I have a strong interest in films which has manifested in a number of what I think are reasonably honest and detailed reviews. But it’s a challenge. Just tonight, my review of 24 Hour Party People took me many hours to shape into something I felt comfortable publishing, and even then it will not likely be counted among my best work. Looking at professional reviews in newspapers and elsewhere forces me to realize how much I have to learn; the standards set by their excellence seem impossibly high. I write well enough–I’m confident of that much–but expressing my views in a compelling and articulate fashion remains a challenge that can frustrate my best efforts to overcome it.
Yet I remain committed to the project, even more so than when I began. Recent story submissions to Engadget have brought (relatively) huge amounts of traffic to the blog, and I am even now trying to figure out how to keep visitors coming. Not that it matters particularly: I write above all because I enjoy it. On the best of days, inspiration flows freely, and I delight myself in constructing intricate turns of phrase while writing on matters I find important. The elation at finishing a piece that I know is well-constructed is incomparable, so much so that it sustains me in my less brilliant moments. Writing is, for me, a journey, and I thank you all sincerely for coming along.
–D. S. W.