Here’s the deal. I still remember when I started this blog…March of 2011. It was a simpler time. I was living in Los Angeles, working as a freelance copywriter and I decided to supplement my failed screenwriting career with big blog money. (I still have yet to receive my first check from the internet). I was just a kid with a dream. What did I know?
When I created my first blog entry, I started it with the words, “Here’s the deal.” After finishing, I looked down again at these three simple words…glimmering with promise. Hey, I thought to myself, maybe I’ll start each entry with these words. It’ll be my catchphrase. A way for my readers to gently lower their aching bodies into the warm waters of my prose. Plus, I thought it flowed nicely. And when it comes to nicely flowing sentences and the writing of them with intros that are flowing as nicely or nicelier, I’m the guy good at that…writing… of them.
You know what I mean. (By the way, since there’s no good image to represent this post, here’s a picture of Bert and Ernie that I drew).
And “Here’s the deal,” isn’t a bad way to start. You can stick it on the front of anything and it sounds pretty good.
Here’s the deal. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
Here’s the deal. Call me Ishmael.
Here’s the deal. Fish don’t fry in the kitchen. Beans don’t burn on the grill. Took a whole lotta tryin’, just to get up that hill. Now we’re up in the big leagues, gettin’ our turn at bat. As long as we live, it’s you and me baby, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
But, as catchy as it is, it’s starting to feel limiting. Every time I sit down to create a new entry, I start with the words, “Here’s the deal,” and I lead up to the words, “So, how am I going to do it? How will I _____?” I’ve painted myself into a corner with my own pithy phraseology. Damn my conversational tone.
So, how am I going to do it? How will I stop starting with “Here’s the deal”? I’ll just stop starting with “Here’s the deal.” It’s really quite easy. I’ll simply type alternate words. But should I?
What do you think? Have you even noticed that every post starts with the same words? Would you miss them?
In recent days, my blog has catapulted into third place in the best humor blog voting – and I couldn’t have done it without all of you who read, comment and share my posts. So, in a way, this blog is as much yours as it is mine…no, I take that back…it’s still mostly mine. But, if the readers like, “Here’s the deal,” I’ll keep it. I’ll embrace it like a person embracing something. And if you’re ready for something new, I’m with you. It’s your call – please leave any and all thoughts on the matter in the comments section.
I, for one, am ready for a little change. People say that variety is the spice of life. But people also say stuff like, “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed,” so who knows. Bottom line – majority rules, so cast your vote. I’ll abide, at least temporarily, by your decision. And that’s the deal.