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Blog Squadron – Mission #5: Themes and Getting Started

Writing about Star Wars is one of my favorite things to do, but it can also be frustrating, exhausting, and time-consuming. Sometimes, the motivation to write isn’t there, ideas are hard to come by, and other responsibilities tend to get in the way. All that said, once you’re able to hit publish on a post, it makes you feel satisfied and accomplished.

When Matthew from Far Far Away Radio asked his fellow bloggers on Twitter if anyone would like to participate in a blogging project about sharing experiences and advice, I jumped at the chance because I tend to get questions in my inbox about how to start a Star Wars themed blog and how to build an audience.

In this 7-part blog series, you’ll get to read about our blogging experiences as well as get advice and encouragement on starting your own blog.

Part 5 (known as Mission #5) dives into the kind of Star Wars themes that tend to show up in our work. We also share our advice when it comes to jumping into the blogging community and how the million or so blogs that already exist shouldn’t stop you from establishing your own digital space.

Matthew Applebee (@mapplebee7567) is an English teacher, table top game enthusiast, and a blog writer for Far Far Away Radio. He’s also an assistant producer on the fan-made serial audio drama Star Wars: Convergence.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

The theme that most often works its way into my writing is the idea that we’re stronger and able to accomplish so much more together because of the strength that comes from our diversity. I’m so passionate about that concept that it just works its way into my writing. It’s a theme I see most prevalent in the X-Wing books and comics. I’m actually so into this that at some point I plan to incorporate it into my first tattoo (Star Wars or otherwise). I want to get the silhouettes of some X-Wings with the phrase “Have faith in your wing” underneath.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

I guess I would start out by saying that I’ve been there. There’s so, so many people out there who are blogging, podcasting, and vlogging about Star Wars that it’s hard to imagine that you have something special to offer. The truth of it is that everyone has something to offer, though. We all have our own experiences that have shaped our perceptions of Star Wars, and it’s that quality that would make me want to read and discuss it with people. I don’t ever know what they took from it.

Jessie (@TheStardust77) has a personal blog, Tatooine Dreams, and she is also part of Passionately Casual, a Star Wars:The Old Republic podcast site.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

I think a Star Wars mindset necessarily creeps into my writing. I think about Star Wars a lot. The characters, the themes of loyalty (to a noble cause or a cruel power structure), personal growth, heroes’ journeys, sacrifice, destiny, and the Force that binds it all.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

My advice is this: if you are thinking about blogging, it is because you have something to say. You have a passion or a seed inside you that needs to be put in the soil. So do it. Don’t limit yourself by forcing a set of invented standards that you fear you will fail to achieve. You are unique, you filter and express ideas in an individual way, so remember to be true to your own expression and not try to shape your ideas too much to please others. If you can do that, your voice will be your own, and by definition, it will be unique. Just write a sentence, or an article. Don’t think too much about tomorrow or your schedule or your great literary legacy. Get your ideas on virtual paper and look at them. Then, write some more. Do this when you have something to say and see how it makes you feel. Then, you can decide how seriously you want to take it and where you want to go next. If you want. Otherwise, you can keep repeating step one forever because it’s a great experience to write and a far better thing to write a little than to never give your words a voice.

Patty Hammond (@PattyBones2) currently writes for her own blog, Everyday Fangirl, and for The Future Of The Force, StarWars.com, and The Bearded Trio. She previously wrote for The Cantina Cast and The Detroit News Geek Watch Blog.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

There are many themes in Star Wars that have been a part of my life since 1977 and there are new themes that I discover as more Star Wars is released. However, the biggest thing that creeps into my writing is how important Star Wars is to me not only as a long time fan, but as a Fangirl as well.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

Those who want to write and blog about Star Wars should remember the following:

  • Write about what you love
  • Be aware that not everyone is going to agree with you
  • Do not be afraid to receive constructive criticism
  • Work with your editors, they do know what they are talking about
  • Be a positive member of the fan community

Bryan (@blivengo) has posted his thoughts on a few blogs, but nowadays, he’s exclusively on Hyperspace PodBlast, a Star Wars podcast that delivers discussion, theories, and speculation in 30 minutes or less.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

Umm…no. Not really, no. Generally, my posts will have a central theme, but I haven’t really come back to anything consistently. I have written quite a bit about Snoke, though…there was a time where I was moderately obsessed with him…I’m better now, though, thanks for asking…

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

I would say, “be like Nike, just do it!” Honestly, you can get a WordPress site for free, so there’s really nothing to lose but a little time, and, if you’re doing something you enjoy, the time’s not lost. And everyone has something new to say – even if it’s already been said, it hasn’t been said their way. Every voice has something to add to Star Wars. As to being worried about consistency or what have you, I’d maybe suggest they attempt to be a guest writer on an existing blog – this way they can test the blogging waters without “committing.” The problem there is they may have to face rejection before finding a blog willing to give them a chance.

Sophie (@shlawrence12) has a personal blog called Outer Rim Reviews, where she chronicles her journey through the Star Wars Expanded Universe. She also writes articles for Far Far Away Radio.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

I think about light and dark a lot – this theme of good vs. evil that initially seems to be everywhere in Star Wars, but you peek below the surface and realize that “it’s so much more.” Characters like Thrawn and Saw fascinate me, the idea of a “good” bad guy or a “bad” good guy. I am really drawn to the notion that it’s our choices that determine your course in life and looking at the choices all these characters have made to set them on their various paths. I could also talk about ladies in Star Wars all day (and generally do)!

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

I would say never worry that your views don’t have merit – there is only one you and your life and perspective is totally unique. If you’re really nervous about blogging, start by simply chatting with people online. The Star Wars fan community is very welcoming and healthy discussions about the saga are a great way to find your voice. Then, I would say, just go for it! There are plenty of free platforms out there so you don’t have to sink loads of money into something that doesn’t pan out. I have found that in life, we generally regret the things we don’t do more than the things we do. Apart from Anakin, he probably regretted a lot of things he did!

Johnamarie (@BlueJaigEyes) is the owner and content creator of The Wookiee Gunner. She is also on several Star Wars themed podcasts.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

Good and evil. Jedi and Sith. Positive and negative. When I write, I tend to lean toward highlighting positive aspects of Star Wars. It’s good to be critical because you want stories to improve and for creators to learn from their mistakes, but I’ve found parts of the community to be overcritical. That makes the digital environment difficult to play in, and sometimes, I’ve had to get away from online social spaces in order to breathe and focus on the aspects of Star Wars that make me happy. As a result, I try to do the same with my writing. I know there are going to be hundreds of articles and reviews highlighting the bad and the ugly. I like to highlight the good, and for some people, they find my writing to be refreshing for that reason because they’re not drowning in a sea of negativity or what they perceive to be negative.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

Whether it’s in the form of a blog post or a podcast, everyone wants to talk about Star Wars, and I’ve noticed lately that people have been hesitant about jumping into the community. There’s always the concern of “this already exists, so why should I do it?” Before launching my site, I also had that same concern. The first thing you have to keep in mind is that if you decide to start a blog, you do it for yourself, first and foremost. Don’t go in with the goal of becoming “Internet famous” or being the #1 source of information. Instead, go in because you love Star Wars and because you would like to share your perspective. If your readership is small, that’s okay. Building an audience takes time and effort. Find different ways to express your thoughts, engage in thoughtful conversation on social media, and most importantly, don’t give up. There’ll be times when writing will feel impossible. When moments like that happen, think outside the box and find ways to continue to create a distinctive space for yourself.

Saf (@Wanderlustin) writes sporadically for Tosche Station, Making Star Wars, and The Wookiee Gunner. She also writes about Star Wars on her own site, Not Saf For Work.

Are there any themes found in Star Wars that you find seem to creep into your writing?

Whew! Fiction writing, or blogging? Because robots! But in seriousness, themes that come up a lot in my blogging are relationships, found family, and death. I like to look at feelings and relationships within Star Wars in the wider world, exploring mental health and wellbeing in ways that become relatable through Star Wars characters. Like Ezra and depression, or Anakin and Padmé and their marriage’s collapse. A lot of this comes from my own life experiences, but I think Star Wars has a particular power when it comes to relating to others. It’s a very broad story that captures a lot of people, and if we can recognize ourselves in the stories it tells, maybe we can also recognize others, too.

I do also really want to spend more time writing about droids, so maybe I’ll get to do that in the new year!

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into blogging about Star Wars but worried that they might not have anything new to say or be able to blog consistently?

I would quote the famous philosopher Nike and say: JUST DO IT. Do it for yourself, not for fame or recognition or anything else. If you don’t do it for your own enjoyment, you’ll struggle making others find enjoyment in what you’re doing. Consistency is pretty important, but that consistency can be whatever you can make work. You don’t have to write every single day to make a viable blog, and you don’t have to write a thousand words to make an interesting post!

Find what you care about in particular, and write about it. Spend some time with your ideas, look at what you personally enjoy and what you’re wanting to explore yourself, and plan ahead to block out time to work on your writing. It can be challenging at times, but if you’re wanting to do it, then it’s totally worth it. A lot of bloggers in this community are super lovely, too, so as long as you’re considerate of their time and boundaries, you can often reach out to others to ask for advice.

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To sum up Mission #5 of the Blog Squadron, there are times when Star Wars themes will surreptitiously pop up into your work. Other times, writers consciously focus on a theme in order to shed light on a particular subject. Lastly, if you’re interested in starting a Star Wars themed blog because you have something to say, then go for it. Otherwise, find a blog that accepts guest articles and start from there.

Visit the following to catch up with the rest of the 7-part blog series:

If you have any questions or concerns about what you’ve read, feel free to contact us online or leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Finally, make sure to visit the hashtag #BlogSquadron to follow the future missions of the Blog Squadron.

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About JM (968 Articles)
Content creator of The Wookiee Gunner. Podcasts: @RebelsChat, @GalacticFashion, @Team_Kanan, and @StarScavengers. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

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