NaNoWriMo

Thursday Three #57

These are my thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019 so far:

  1. I’m writing the entire novel on WordPress because I’m writing mostly on my breaks at work, and we’re not allowed to plug in flash drives unless they’re for work. I’m on WordPress anyway, so I figured I might as well start the novel there (also, WordPress has auto-save and word count features). So the novel is on this blog as a private entry, but I will never make it public because…
  2. Like all first drafts, it is appallingly bad. Not only is it bad, it is incredibly boring. I am bored with my characters but not with the plot. I wish I could recycle some of my old characters like I normally do (and I miss them terribly), but the plot wouldn’t work well with any of them. This particular story takes place in another “universe.”
  3. The other reason this story is bad and boring is because I didn’t do enough planning. My rudimentary outline is just a list of stuff that’s supposed to happen, and it’s not even in order. I didn’t flesh anything out, and now that I’m hammering out words mindlessly, I don’t feel like I have time to flesh it out. I’m actually planning the second draft as I’m writing the first. Not sure if that’s a proper way to do it, but it’s new to me. And that keeps the whole thing somewhat interesting.
Websites

Tumbling to WordPress

I found out that Tumblr was sold to Automattic, the same company that owns WordPress. They say that Automattic will only be changing the back end of Tumblr and the front end will stay the same. I suppose that’s a good thing, because Tumblr has always been very easy to use. WordPress is much more difficult, and they’re constantly changing things. Right now, the new “block” format is the current interface, and it is a bit easier, but I do find myself searching for certain text editing features.

It is unknown how much Tumblr was bought for, but my thought is that it was probably less than for what it was bought for the last time when Yahoo acquired it. Unfortunately, Tumblr has a reputation as being full of porn. Most of that was cleaned up, but Tumblr is still a kind of cesspool, a mini-4chan, if you will. That’s why I quit it when I did. As much as I liked some of the blogs, I kept bumping into stuff that annoyed me or people who were being immature and obnoxious.

The only way I would ever use Tumblr again is if its user base completely changed. And that definitely doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.