I apologize if I ceausd any confusion here. Let me be clear I am completely NOT judging Penelope for getting an abortion (I am prochoice), for sharing it, or for writing about it. It's a deeper set of questions than shock, and selfish. She puts herself out there, has been a role model for me in terms of writing, and so I have questions for her as a writing master, so to speak:1. How does Penelope do the craft of blogging? She does have exquisite skill as a writer. The shock part that is a technique. What is it called? How do you do it right? Because she is brilliant.2. Where does this skill come from? This is what I can't figure out. Is it that Penelope is truly inept at life, but ept at capturing her ineptness in art? Or is it more complicated that she isn't that inept, but is purposely inept in life, so that she can capture it later, in writing? In other words is the whole Penelope brand real, or calculated? (Does it matter?)3. If it is true that Penelope does certain shocking things for the sake of her craft, is that morally right (in the service of art), wrong (socially inappropriate, offensive), or does it not matter? Is anyone else bothered by this stuff even as they love the blog (recalling the blog about Veteran's Day)?I wrote the other two comments quickly and cryptically, so this is the longer version. It's a semi-clinical question coming from another writer and someone very interested in studying brand, but also me as a human being.Because every time I write something my heart is in my throat, as I worry about who will be shocked/offended, and Penelope makes my worries look very trivial.
Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations for aiirpsng writers? I'm hoping to start my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Appreciate it!
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