I became a contributor to Thought Catalog about a month ago. It's been fun. To kind of show off my ego, I like to think that I'm writing really smart, thought-provoking pieces. I'm doing good stuff over there.
I initially wrote here about how my relationship with TC started. I was sending in articles and not hearing anything back from them. I took it as a sign of rejection. It turns out that my emails weren't arriving at their destination. It was literally a one-day thing that changed it; I emailed one person who emailed one other person, that second person apologized and my first article was up that night.
Since I thought they were rejecting me, I tried to think of ways to change and better my writing. I didn't think what I was writing was bad, but maybe it wasn't in the vein of what they wanted on their site. So, I tried to change my writing accordingly. My Weezer piece is an example of trying to write a "Thought Catalog article" instead of an article and sending it to Thought Catalog, which is what I do.
Long story short, I had decided I was going to dumb down my writing. I had been "rejected" maybe 4 or 5 times and I was trying to come up with ideas that the TC crowd would like. I knew I needed a list, and it needed to be about something people would like.
I was at work and a friend asked if I was going out to the bar later that night. Inspiration hit me! I would write about how to optimize your jukebox experience at the bar. I thought it was dumb, but maybe other people would like it. You can tell if I'm struggling to write something if I doodle all over the page. Lots of random scribbles in the above picture.
Here's what I wrote:
ways to optimize jukebox experience
1) Get there early; make sure no music is playing
2) Size up your audience
- hip hop crowd? country? rock? pop?
3) play a wide variety of music
- genre crossing ---> rap/rock
5) Have fun!
And yeah, I thought it was kind of stupid, so I didn't finish it. I did, however try to write it, as we will see below:
That's a view from Google Drive on my iPhone. I thought the early-mid 20s bar crowd would get a kick out of reading something like this. I got through a lame introduction and my first point, then I felt so dumb that I stopped writing it.
So far, that's the only thing I have attempted to write for Thought Catalog and gave up on. If I stop writing anything else, you guys will be the first ones to know.
Click here to check what I've had posted so far on Thought Catalog.