Generic Blog Post

generic blog postI moved away from Los Angeles in 2005 for the desert sands (and then friendly real estate environment in comparison). Every time I come back here, I forget for a moment that I once lived here until I get my bearings and start driving around. Last night, it was Hollywood. I headed to the Arclight in Hollywood to take in The Fighter with my friend Tim (aka Timmaaaaay). Exiting the 101 at Vine Street, the dawning recognition set in: I used to take this exit every day.

I had a whopping 650 square foot studio with a separate kitchen (SHUT the front door), and where I turned right to head down Vine towards the theatre, I used to stay straight and begin the hunt for a parking space outside my $800/month dwelling treasure. Funny how I’d forgotten that.

And so it came to pass that the bright lights of Hollywood brought me to writing this Generic Blog Post.

I wonder what else I’ve forgotten. What I’ve remembered in their places. And how blogging/writing gives me an outlet for meandering through my mind via words.

I think that we quite often feel that blogs have to be heavy-hitting. Primed for massive retweet and sharing action. Speak to everyone and be laden with so much universal appeal that we shit ourselves in the race to get them out and set them loose as fast as we can. Aside from the ensuing skid marks…why?

But we run away from the Generic Blog Post. Like this one.

Maybe what I have to say isn’t important…earth-shattering enough. Laden with enough f-bombs or rich with sassy metaphors. But it’s what’s running through my red head today on a day following the realization that…

man, have I forgotten a lot of things over the years.

We’re richer and more complex than our protective outer layer, the one we let people see each and every day. We exist beyond our here and now (though we apparently do our damnedest to forget that). We forget where we used to live and how we got there. Yet when we pull into the familiar, we’re lucky enough to be graced with memories.

A generic, ordinary, everyday life. It makes for Generic Blog Posts like this one.

I like it. Look for more of them.

42 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Great post Erika. I’m with you on how we tend to forget that there is nothing wrong with ordinary. When we look for the outstanding, we overlook the little things in life that actually matter more.

    Safe travels.

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  2. Amanda Morris Johnson
    Amanda Morris Johnson says:

    Good for you. I used to live in Silver Lake and just had a little nostalgic moment. You might like my very, very meandering blog at kosmicegg.blogspot.com

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  3. D.T. Pennington
    D.T. Pennington says:

    I worried for a while about all those folks with blogs out there that expressed nothing about themselves. Sure, I understand the need and place for “niche” blogs, but shouldn’t every element of writing have some kind of personal flair to it?

    Sometimes I pine for the days of the myspace-esque drama-blogs, just so I have something interesting and personal to follow. Remember those days? When people who ran “real blogs” pretty much looked like Harry Knowles and WordPress was just a dream? I too sometimes run into that whole “I hope this blog post changes the world” anxiety, but in the end, only one person needs to be satisfied with it. Me.

    Or, in this case, you.

    Bravo, lady.

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  4. MegCarpen
    MegCarpen says:

    I always wondered why we couldn’t mix the generic “this happened, and it may or may not have a purpose” posts with the instructive posts. Sometimes it’s nice to simply remember that life is just there, it happens, and this is how we deal with it (or not).
    Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Amy Oscar
    Amy Oscar says:

    Generic, ordinary, everyday life is the reason that big, sexy, whizz bang life is so exciting. We need the contrast of the pauses – and we need the pauses. I liked this post.

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  6. Bryce Alan Katz
    Bryce Alan Katz says:

    Very good advice, especially for a soon-to-be blogger. Perhaps allowing oneself to make “generic” posts when the mood strikes helps make the heavy-hitting posts have that much more oomph?

    Regardless, they provide insight to what goes on in your red head. As frightening as that may be, I think it helps build community … and that’s what it’s about, right?

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  7. Amy Nievera
    Amy Nievera says:

    I like Generic Blog Posts. It’s like a brief peek into your mind. Writing my personal blog, I worry the posts aren’t universal enough or hard-hitting enough. I thought no one would care to read Generic Blog Posts. Thanks for showing me differently.

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  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hell if I had to sit here and wait for every meaningful, deep, life-changing announcement all the time I’d get tired from the heavy lifting. I’d get a headache from the processing of it all. You are correct that life doesn’t need to be, and should not be, all about the epic moments, nor should any blog. Hey it’s your blog talk about what you want. Sometimes it’s best just to talk, no?

    “Speak to everyone and be laden with so much universal appeal that we shit ourselves in the race to get them out and set them loose as fast as we can. Aside from the ensuing skid marks…why?”

    Would that be Blogarrhea?

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  9. Bellis68
    Bellis68 says:

    The way you write is always fun to read so even the “generic” stuff seems more interesting coming from you. I have moved a lot over the past 17 years and being from Ojai (southern CA) this post hit home for me. I tend to forget certain things, little details and big that should never have been forgotten. And then I wonder if I’m purposelydry-cleaning my past. See? Your seemlingly simple post is not simple at all!!

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  10. Ali
    Ali says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a post about this before, as it goes. Just because it’s not explosive doesn’t mean it’s generic, necessarily. I sound like I’m spoiling for a fight on semantics… Good post, like your writing, keep being generic 🙂

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  11. Katie Mack
    Katie Mack says:

    Great reminder. How often we forget that blogging is also for ourselves as well as our audiences. I feel the same way about my generic twitter feed. While it may not be earth shattering to anyone else, it’s a piece of history for me. I remember where I was and what I was doing with each tweet.

    And to reiterate previous comments, nothing from you ever sounds generic!

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  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your “generic” day! Yes, we are part of all that has come before. Living in recognition of that is a gift. An “ordinary” life, well lived, can fill us with much joy.

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  13. Greg Smith MD
    Greg Smith MD says:

    Ah, yes. Life is what happens while we’re making other plans. Normal. Boring. Steady as she goes. Thanks for this one.

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  14. Zohar
    Zohar says:

    Nothing wrong with the ordinary. Having two kids (6 and 3) my only wish is for a boring weekend. My suggestions for a Father’s Day activity of “you all go out while dad and I would stay home” did not resonate well with other remembers of the family (even though my dad thought it was a great idea).

    I believe that the Chinese have a curse which goes something like “hope you have an interesting life”.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  15. Michelle Gillies
    Michelle Gillies says:

    I like your generic blog post and will enjoy looking for more of them. It isn’t earth shattering or any of the other things you pointed out it isn’t. But, it has a familiarity to it that strikes a chord. I think most of my blogs are based on this (something I didn’t realize until this moment). A thought, a person, a circumstance that prompts me to say, “oh, yeah, I remember that”, and then I write about it and I remember more, and then of course it is now posted so the next time I forget I can go back and read about it. All part of what you have to look forward to when you get to be an older red head like me.
    For the record, I really enjoy your other stuff too and am always looking for where you are next.

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