Want to submit something for me to consider covering on Jeremyriad.com? I currently have more things I want to write about than time to write about them, so please make sure your submission fits the style of my site (which can be summed up as “droll discourse about design objects for playful people”). Recently, I was interviewed, and the topic of how I choose my content came up. Here is the question, followed by my answer.
What sort of guidelines do you use to filter out what you want to write about from what you don’t? Is it purely based on “I like this, so I will blog about it.” Or is it something else?
It’s kind of an evolving internal metric. I like good design. I like pop culture. I like collecting objects. I like things that make me think or laugh or feel or have questions. If you can hit all that, paint it green and slap a cat on it, I’ll probably write about it. I don’t want to give away my secret algorithm, but I will say that in order for me to write about something, there has to be something to say about it. This seems pretty obvious and logical, but I’m sure there’s a guy out there wondering why I don’t write about the toys he sprays over with Monster Kolor, or a company that has me on their dartboard because I failed to acknowledge their most recent ‘urban vinyl’ toy release. It’s not because I hate your toy (though I might), but really: I just don’t have anything to write about it. Meanwhile, there are so many other things for which I have words! Tons of words. The glass isn’t half full; it’s bubbling over onto the floor and down the hallway.
The biggest filter I have is time. In an ideal world, I would blog about everything I like. In the actual world, I have to make difficult decisions. I mean, it’s not exactly Sophie’s Choice, but I try to give it real consideration.
I love hearing from people!