Blogging Community (Trek)
As a part of Blog Like a Boss week, I wanted to comment a bit on the blogging community we have here, at both Ad Astra and also how it branches out a bit.
Keeping Up With the Bloggers
A dirty little not so secret bit of information is that there are a ton of abandoned or semi-abandoned blogs out there.
Hence I decided to showcase blogs which have at least one post in calendar year 2014. Fortunately, there were quite a few.
Rogue Jawa is fairly new to the blogging community. I like his attitude and his direct way of confronting the oddities that we often find in the Star Trek fandom. It may be a big tent, but there’s always going to be some sort of odd squabbling. He takes it on, head on.
When SL Watson gets cooking, her blog can get very active. I know she’s been writing in the Supernatural fandom; I’d love to see her back blogging and back writing Trek but I know that blogs are the kinds of writing that are often set aside for a while. Plus sometimes, you just get into a fandom and it kinda swallows you. No sweat. It’ll still be here.
I really love how MD Garcia has put this blog together. It’s visually stunning and stuffed full of all sorts of interesting tidbits about process, characters, scene setting, and more.
FalseBill keeps up with blogging well, and his content is often tongue in cheek but never stale. Much like at Full Speed Ahead, the blog is pretty to look at, and covers a wide spectrum of writing, including original content only found on the blog.
Truth is, Trekiverse is a different animal, as it is the home of more than one blogger and is intended to support the Trekiverse site. That site is an archive of much older Star Trek fanfiction, coming from the newsgroups alt.startrek.creative, alt.startrek.creative.all-ages, and alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, and/or directly submitted. Great to see a new home for these old favorites!
Another new blogger, zeusfluff has jumped in without fear. This blogger is doing a great job with cross-promotions, which is (shh, don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret!) one of the points behind these blogs.
JayLR’s blog is mainly about Star Trek: Swiftfire, but he’s taken to answering some of our older blog prompts. It’s neat to see a new take on an older prompt. And that reminds me: I need to come up with some fresh prompts!
MF’s blog is another visual stunner, just lovely and filled with great images. What I also like about his blog is how he gets into his posts. They aren’t quickies; they’re well thought-out. He’s also a thoughtful reviewer, and that shows in his blogging.
No tour of our personal Trek Blogiverse would be complete without a glance at Boldly Reading, which is our book club’s blog.
Miranda Fave and I have tried to make it visually appealing and keep it fresh.
We’re taking this summer off, though, so that we can turn our attentions more fully to the 2014 version of the Twelve Trials of Triskelion. Plus I’ve got schoolwork.
Every other week, I write a blog roundup post, to cover all of the above bloggers. Furthermore, I’ve been promoting the 2014 version of the Twelve Trials of Triskelion. Fortunately, finding up to date content has been pretty easy this summer.
Whither Our Other Blogs?
There are a number of blogs that have gathered a bit of dust. And so I exhort you, fellow bloggers! Blow that dust off! You have nothing to lose but your chains!
Or, something like that.
I love blogging, and I love reading others’ blogs. ‘Nuff said.