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You have entered the random thinking space of Morgan Bell. These are my musings, things about my life written either off the top of my head or in a completely calculated fashion. This is where i flesh out writing ideas and discuss my life and my opinions.

Author bio: Bell’s short story "It Had To Be Done" was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012, and her short story "Midnight Daisy" was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, with live readings on ABC 1233 in February 2014 and Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2014. Bell contributed a short story to the 2014 Hunter Speculative Fiction Anthology called “The Switch” which is based on Germanic folklore. It is due to be published in May 2014 alongside award-winning authors such as Margo Lanagan and Kirstyn McDermott. In March 2014 Bell's short story "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer's Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Sniggerless Boundulations is Bell's debut collection of fifteen stories, touching on themes fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy. The work is experimental in form and length, including flash fiction and vignettes, and is an examination of the horrors of life.

NEW Orble channel: self indulgence?

March 24th 2008 11:55
When i write on my Orble blog i often cant find an Orble channel to accurately represent the overall dominant themes of the post . . . i cant find the "most correct" category for my blog post listed in the drop down menu for the Orble channel selector . . . this may not be an Orble technical issue, it may just be the self indulgent nature of some of my posts . . .

I think what im really scanning the drop down list for is something along the lines of

"Channel = ME!!!!!" and for some reason i just cant find it? haha

Now MySpace is a site tailored to teen emo bloggers who are the masters of self indulgence, so over there we see categories like "Blogging" to accomodate people who have written a blog post entirely about writing blog posts, very post-modern and self-referential i know, MySpace is the height of sophistication! ive seen people post to their myspace blog with just a single paragraph saying:

"whats up with having a category called Blogging, like wtf does that even mean, oooo im so angry at my parents right now . . . " you get the picture

I did a screen grab of MySpace blog categories incase anyone reading this wasnt familiar . . . as you can see we have categories like "Friends", "MySpace", "Parties and Nightlife", and of course my favourite "Life"

MySpace blog post categories

On Orble when writing about the process or the experience of blogging or reading/commenting blogs i guess we can choose "Technology - The Web" but its just not as accurate as having a a whole channel called "Orble" like how MySpace has a category called "MySpace"

Also with Orble we can choose "Lifestyle" with the sub-channels being "Dating", "Fashion", "Food", "Parenting", or "Other" . . . but when i write a blog about being white trash, or my cat, or how i have no friends on Orble, i find i put it under the general topic of "Lifestyle" as none of the sub-channels are really appropriate

Similarly with film reviews, i think i have selected "Entertainment - Film - Drama" for nearly every film i have posted about as the options just dont seem to be quite right . . . i want to say "Indie" or "Arthouse" or "Period", "Historical", or "Bio-pic" . . . i guess the options are endless . . . i really wanted to pick "Romance" AND "Comedy" the other day when i reviewd a romantic comedy, it really is a genre of it own, but it seems Orble is more in broad sections like the DVD store . . . although Orble is leaps ahead of MySpace in the film department as MySpace just throws "Movies, TV, Celebriites" into the one big category

Now i think my MySpace blogger roots are showing again if these are the issues that really keep me up at night! lol (if you cant laugh at yourself then whats the point of it all?)

Orble channel list drop down menu

Above: a screen grab of how to select an Orble channel - if we were to accomodate every person and topic with and Orble channel the drop down list would be infinite and it would take a REALLY long time to scroll through

Oh and as a final note i would just like to declare that i LOVE how on Orble we can add keywords as "Tags" . . . it helps refine the topic beyond the broad channel selection and gives the search engines a little extra help looking . . . and thats the final word from this little nerd!
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Comment by jon

March 24th 2008 23:55
You have inspired me to ask for Channel suggestions on Orble News. I think at the very least a couple more Film channels would probably be a good idea.

Comment by Morgan Bell

March 25th 2008 03:48
haha cool thanks jon, ill go check it out

Comment by Louie

March 30th 2008 23:25
NEW Orble channel: self indulgence?

too funny, i think it would be te most popular channel, hands down.....

Comment by Morgan Bell

March 31st 2008 02:13
hey thanks Louie . . . i still agonise over which channel to choose, esp if the topic is about ME doing something . . . i need a "Morgan" channel haha

Comment by Whitney

June 19th 2008 18:16
Hey but at least now you have a pet section for when you write about your cat.

You've actually reminded me how I should go check my myspace. lol. I tend to forget about it.

Comment by Morgan Bell

June 19th 2008 18:22
hi Whitney,
haha yeah i tend to give the pet category a bit of a work out!
i still dont know where to put half of my posts . . . ive been chucking a few into "Health" and "Politics" lately, or "Web" haha
i think my indecisiveness works against me

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