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Not too long ago, I spent a good part of a spring morning writing to a friend who was in Vegas and needed some dining suggestions. As I ticked off one restaurant recommendation after another, as well as offering a few precautions, I realized that I was doing one of the things I love most: writing about Vegas and food.Taking notes

I also realized that this blog has been slow to take off because I’ve been overthinking the posts, the content. That’s not to say I should record every thought that enters my head (that’s what my Tumblr page is for), but I do need to be more spontaneous, not as prissy. I think over the years I’ve come to believe — for better or worse — that blogs should be very disciplined. And while that is true to point, one of the things that makes me an interesting writer is my spontaneity and irreverence, which were some of the key principles that blogs were founded on in the first place.

This isn’t to say that I’ll post as often as I would like to  — life doesn’t allow me such luxuries — but I’m not going to not write because I don’t think the place or that restaurant doesn’t fit into this week’s “theme.” I’m also not going to “write nice” all the time. That’s just not me. I try to write nice, I try to “be good,” and frankly, it doesn’t work. I feel censored, and the posts are stale. But that’s not to say I’m going to snark all the time. (That’s what my Twitter feed is for.) I’m not 100 percent sure how this blog will take shape, so I’m just going to write, rewrite, and rewrite some more.  And somewhere along the line, maybe somebody somewhere will learn a thing or two about North Carolina travel and Northern Virginia restaurants.

And, of course, Vegas.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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