I’m starting to panic; I think my blog is turning into a Seinfeld-like blog. The Seinfeld show was famously known for being a show about nothing. And that’s what I fear is happening, or could happen, to this blog.
I know it’s only been two weeks, so it’s not much of a sample size, but I continue to struggle with things to write about. As a result, I often end up writing about things that pop into my head, and as was pointed about by a fellow #writeandrun31 member, that is usually not the most effective way to write. Sometimes I am happy with what I have written, sometimes I am not. But one of the reasons I love this writeandrun challenge is that it forces me to write something every day, and from what I have read, that is perhaps the single best way to improve your writing.
While preparing this post I came across a recent interview with Jerry Seinfeld where he addresses the belief that his show was about nothing. He notes that Seinfeld was not pitched as a show about nothing. “The real pitch, when Larry (David) and I went to NBC in 1988, was we want to show how a comedian gets his material,” he said. “The show about nothing was just a joke in an episode many years later, and Larry and I to this day are surprised that it caught on as a way that people describe the show, because to us it’s the opposite of that.”
In the Seinfeld show, most of the episodes started and ended with Jerry doing a stand-up routine, which often related to what took place in the show. So essentially Jerry was a keen observer of the both the mundane and the wacky events that made up people’s lives, and then took those observations and used them as fodder for his stand-up routine.
When viewed from this perspective, it gave me some potential insight into my blogging process. Perhaps I should view my blog as being about how I get material for my blog. This would allow me to write about a variety of topics, yet would still provide with an overall theme to the blog.
And so following the Seinfeld model, that is what I am going to try and do – be a better witness to the daily events that surround me, from the routine to the ridiculous and from the outrageous to the heartwarming. And hopefully by reflecting on those events, the ideas for my blog will flow much better and I’ll be able to make something out of nothing.
And who knows, perhaps nine years from now, if I’m lucky, I’ll still be writing a blog about nothing, just like this post.