In a top ten of my all time favorite bands, Weezer easily makes it in. They write the kind of rock music you can’t help but want to sing along to and that’s saying something because their lyrics frequently deal with failed romances, not fitting in and having an overall low self-image. Why do I like such depressing material so much? For the simple reason that, when I’m down, it makes me feel like I’m not alone. So, yeah, a lot of Weezer songs speak to me on a very personal level, but the one that resonates the most is a song called In The Garage. Rather than go into a big explanation of the it, I’ll let the chorus speak for itself.
In the garage
I feel safe
No one cares about my ways
In the garage where I belong
No one hears me sing this song
In the garage
A song like In the Garage makes me feel okay about my weirdness. I’m sure I’m not alone. We’re all a bunch of weirdos and go through periods of “nobody gets me.” For those times, we need a safe place where it doesn’t matter. Where you should not only let the weirdness fly, but be proud of it. Here’s a line from the verse:
I’ve got electric guitar
I play my stupid songs
I write these stupid words
And I love every one
Waiting there for me
Yes, I do
With that mindset, it seemed fitting to rename my blog I love These Stupid Words because I’m not writing this blog for anyone but ME. This is my garage, where it’s okay for me to be me. And that’s how it should be. Aren’t we writers told all the time that the only way to write a good novel is to write one for ourselves first? Otherwise it’ll have no heart and soul? Well, if it’s true for novels, why not true for blogs?
I started this blog without ever having written one before. I picked out what I liked about other blogs and tried to be like them. Since then, I’ve learned two important lessons:
I can’t stick to one topic all the time. I tried to talk about pop culture on specific days. It’s a broad topic with plenty of angles, but some weeks it was a struggle to write about something. You’d think that’d be impossible with all that falls under the umbrella of pop culture, but sometimes it’s not what I want to talk about. I do much better when I write about what I’m passionate about RIGHT NOW.
I am not a problem solver. I’ve read that the most successful blogs are the ones that provide useful information and/or solves a problem the reader has.
This is not me.
This blog is an outlet for my views. Simple as that. The readers I’ve got like my opinions, so why try to be something I’m not? In that way, I think I am providing something useful, just not in the way I thought I had to.
So, here’s my promise to you: All these stupid words are my own. And I love them. Yes, I do.