I've been blogging, off and on, for the better part of ten years, with various blogs and minor successes and helluva lot of failures. Back to the Holodeck is decidedly different from all of the other blogs I have worked on. I am taking a page from The Digital Antiquarian's playbook, where I make a concerted effort to blog around a collection of related topics, themes, and ideas. The idea behind this is to force myself to write something that is both focused and continuous. I've never been able to accomplish with previous blogs, and I am hoping to do that now.
Most blogs that I've worked on, with the exception of The Pipeline, have fizzled out over the span of a few days to a few months to a few years. Back to the Holodeck hopes to avoid the quick or slow rot death that often plagues blogs I've worked on. To ensure this blog does something different, I have begun planning out blog posts. I am taking concerted efforts to research, to revise, to edit, and to write, something I've never really done with previous blogs.
Now, you might be wondering, what does Back to the Holodeck discuss and focus on? That's a question I've been struggling with, but I've finally broken through my brain funk and found a few answers. Back to the Holodeck hopes to write about storytelling, particularly the next generation of storytelling, the future, if you will. It will also focus heavily on where we've been, where we're at, and so on. This blog will also discuss craft advice, craft failings on my part, and it will discuss the nature of narrative in cyberspace (and elsewhere).