Hi, I’m Andrew

I’ve been hesitant to press ‘publish’ of late.

There’s so much bullshit flying around the whole marketing/social media fields that it’s temporarily killed my interest in both.

Twitter has started to become more of a hindrance than a help, wherein the benefits of constantly monitoring my channel is increasingly outweighed by the cost. The Dunbar effect in action: following >150 people = discontent.

But staring too deeply into the web’s bottomless pit can cause a loss of focus. It’s time to step back.

My reality is this: I recently quit my job to focus on projects that interest me.

I’m studying my final course toward a Bachelor of Communication. It’s a creative writing elective. It interests me greatly, as I’ve rarely dabbled in fiction or narrative writing.

Incredibly, I look forward to class each week. Can’t say that I’ve felt excitement toward university very often as an undergraduate.

This is the narrative introduction I used during the first creating writing tutorial:

Andrew has stretched his three-year Bachelor of Communication into four years, in order to latch onto the Australian myth of tertiary education for as long as possible.

This course was chosen as an elective because Andrew has always avoided writing fiction, but he has decided that 2009 is the year for trying new things.

This yearning for new experiences is the reason why Andrew quit his first real job yesterday, and is also the reason why Andrew is travelling to Japan in June, although he does not know Japanese.

Andrew is extremely fond of music and writes for two local publications – Rave and 4T – and one national website called FasterLouder.

Andrew wrote and spoke this introduction in third person because he really likes the sound of his name.

Such introductions are always interesting to write and speak, as one tries to find the balance between fact, humour, and appearing clever. Everyone wants to appear clever, always. Wit as a currency.

2009_bioThis is the reason why my current bio [pictured right] makes me look like an asshole, although when I wrote it last year, I thought I was being clever.

I’ve worked reasonably hard to keep this blog ‘clean’. Professional-like. I carefully consider everything that’s shared on here; whether it’s appropriate, whether it’ll reflect well on my character. Whether I’ll appear clever.

I could trace this moderated perfectionism – which is perhaps dangerous and restrictive in itself – to the enormous amount of time I spent on video game message boards throughout my youth, effectively sharing my life with a bunch of strangers.

Call it mature, call it neurotic, call it overly analytical. Or all three.

The point is that since I want to be known as a writer, I need to improve my ability to articulate and share my thoughts.

To this end, self-administered publishing filters aren’t very helpful.

So I’m going to attempt to reduce their influence on my psychology.

It’d be awesome if you could help me out, by calling me out on any unjustified or unclear bullshit.

Hi, I’m Andrew.

Comments? Below.
  1. TDW says:

    Not sure what you mean by unjustified and unclear bullshit…

  2. Mike Brown says:

    This is the reason why my current bio makes me look like an asshole, although when I wrote it last year, I thought I was being clever.

    It does? Didn’t come off across that way to me (the asshole part that is).

  3. Nathan Bush says:

    I didn’t see it that way either mate. But good on you for laying your balls on the line (I’m sure you’ll look educated and well written next to the slang in this comment). Keep the content interesting and you’ll write like you’re interested in it. Good work.

  4. @TDW

    Unjustified and unclear, if I come across as wishy-washy or ingenuine at any point in my writing. ‘Cuz those are my ultimate goals as a writer: are to be clear, concise and original.

    Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated.

  5. John Pana says:

    Excellent post.

    It’s like there an issue with creating a narrative around the content (twitter/facebook/last.fm) when we should just allow the content to speak for itself.

    I find my favorite bloggers drop the narrative completely and just express whatever is on their mind at the time in the most authentic manner – from Lindzon’s rants at the financial industry, Fig & Cherry food reviews and the important questions Godin asks because they intrigue him.

    Drop the narrative, be personal and authentic. But most importantly… ROCK AND ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

  6. Relja Dereta says:

    Haven’t seen you in a while (though I wasn’t any better myself).

    I’ll keep a tab on you.I’ve also got to update my about page, it seems like an eternity since I wrote it and thought it was witty.

    So it seems we’ve got a mutual calling-out-on-bullshit deal? :)

  7. Meg says:

    oh, yes. i understand exactly what you’re saying and have implemented a similar mechanism in the real world. you’re talking writing, i’m talking anything resembling inter-personal relation. it’s a little different, but close enough to say ‘i feel you’. and i dig your intent.


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