As a flash fiction writer, I have to be concise. But as a blogger, I need to be more expansive.
One of the best decisions I ever made was not to replace my old television when it went kaput! Talk-radio has made me more expansive. Talk-radio has made me a better blogger. It’s true.
I’m a word man, a blogger. Television is really not about words. It’s about images. When I watched television, I didn’t want to write. I didn’t want to blog. Television made me a lazy writer, a lazy blogger.
Since I started to listen to talk-radio, especially at night, I’ve been writing and blogging more. And then there are the old comedies, dramas and detective shows that come on the radio at night. I listen to them in the semi-darkness as I lay on the sofa, the words (and the sound effects) creating images in my mind. Television doesn’t create images in your mind. The images are already on the screen.
Most talk-radio shows have agendas. Some shows are conservative. Others are liberal. They all have a target audience. That’s okay. As a blogger, I have an agenda; I have a target audience, too.
Talk-radio hosts make their living by taking a stand on controversial issues. Controversy is good. Talk-radio pushes us out of our comfort zones. Unless, of course, you agree. Then you react to the people who call in and don’t agree. All the writers in the audience, repeat after me: Conflict.
I really think talk-radio has made me a better blogger.
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