Saturday, April 14, 2007

Scribosphere: Revolutions

The Scribosphere website is being thoroughly revamped at the moment in the hope of establishing it as an online screenwriting workshop. It's in the early stages of development so if you have any feedback, queries or even donations, then mosey on over to their site and check them out.

There's been a lot of talk about blogs/websites recently, it seems, and the advantages/pitfalls of the hobby, and whether to post anonymously or under a pseudonym or with your real name.

I've just done my Writers' Guild article on the subject, and am attending the Websites for Writers event on Thursday. Phill has some good words to say on the benefits of using your real name, here.

Pillock, prompted by Jason, decided to shed his nom de plume and reveal his identity (hello Andy!). And Miss-Cellany is doing some MA research about writing blogs (why we do them and what we get out of them), so leave a comment if you can.

Before I started blogging, I thought to myself: "is it a bit naff? is it too geeky?" and I was a bit reluctant. Naturally, I'm very pleased that I started. It's been a pleasurable distraction from the often stressful day-to-day grind. There's definitely a great sense of community and camaraderie, and it provides useful contacts and information for aspiring and professional writers alike.



Lucy V said...

But of course MY blog's the queen of all you bitches, oh yes! ; )

Will you be donating to The Scribosphere Danny?

Robin Kelly said...

I agree with what you say about blogging, Danny. Actually, it was you that introduced me to blogs when you emailed me about my website. I followed your link to here and thought 'what the bloody hell is this blogging supposed to be? It'll never catch on."

miss-cellany said...

Thankyou for your comment and the mention here. If you've any further thoughts and the time/inclination to email, that would be grand (elfrea at email dot com).

More than that, it has been a real pleasure to find your blog. As they say in the movies "I'll be back"...

Andy Phillips said...

I've gone back to being Pillock.

To my great surprise, the blog, which I started as sort of public work journal, turned out to be an excellent networking tool. I now know writers, script readers and script editors who've turned out to be helpful contacts and great online pals.

So I thought, 'Unless I'm going to start putting Jackson Pillock on the title pages of my scripts, I could be missing a trick here.' Jason's post tipped me over the edge.

But after a day of being Andy, I decided to go back. It was something Faraway said about being both anonymous and distinctive. About having fun as a fictional character.

Andy Phillips said...

I should have put this:

Phill Barron said...

Danny, your blog is one of two which inspired me to start blogging. I did post a comment on someone's blog about this, but I've forgotten whose now.

The basic thrust was: I knew your name as a writer without ever having seen or read anything you'd written; and all because of this blog. I think that's a good position to be in, and thought I'd have a go.

Near by said...

I hope this is not turning into a face off - 'nameless versus named'

I enjoy yours and a whole heap of blogs whatever..

Danny Stack said...

Not at all. There's a lot of anon blogs that I like. There's certainly pros and cons for both approaches; it all depends on what the blog is about and what the blogger wants to get out of it, I suppose.