So… I know it’s rather last minute. But I’m thinking about taking part in the A2Z blog challenge. I already post on a almost-daily basis, so I’ve got that part down. And I think it could be fun coming up with a title/subject matter based on a different letter every day. What do you think? I have until tomorrow to decide.
Yay leap day!
Okay. I’m done.
Seriously, that was the extent of my inspiration for my blog post tonight.
Generally speaking I really enjoy blogging daily, but some days kinda suck you dry… so when it gets to be evening, and I’ve put the kid to bed, and the screen of my laptop burns brightly in the dark? Well. On those days there’s just not much left.
When I look at the blogs I enjoy, when I look at my friend’s blogs, when I look at blogs – period, they all seem to have one thing in common: a theme. Yet here I am. I write about what hits me when it hits me. I have trouble with rules.
Rules. Yep. Even in the blogosphere. The biggest two being “Give Credit!” (and, okay, that’s not really a blog specific rule, but it’s worth repeating) and “Blog on Theme!”. So clearly, no problem with the first one. Whenever I use the work of another I make sure to give credit, and share links whenever possible. But number two (the one that is pretty much the cardinal rule of all things blog)? Good grief. It seems like it should be so easy.
Garden Blog – http://www.katesgardenjournal.com/
Disney Travel Blog – http://www.returntodisney.com/
Heck… even topics so narrow you’d never guess there’d be a blog Blog – http://www.fairyfiction.com/
And yep, that last one is a blog dedicated to fairy books for young readers. Not just books, not just fairy books, not just juvenile fiction, but fairy books specifically aimed at kids and youth. How’s that for a niche?
Goodness knows I’ve tried to blog on topic. Had my own dog blog for a while at http://deardogma.wordpress.com/. But I just can’t do it. Stay on topic I mean. I get bored after a while and need to write about other things. Sure, I could set up multiple blogs, one for each area of interest… but really? I’m just not that dedicated.
Okay. So, maybe dedication isn’t the problem. I am on my third year of blogging almost daily.
It seems to fly in the face of every single “how to blog” blogger’s advice, but I just can’t help it. Life is messy. Life doesn’t fit in a neat little box. I don’t fit into a neat little box – so why should my blog?
It works though. I get to share, what I need to share, when I need to share it. And I somehow still manage to keep a few of you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. And my wee little blog just keeps on growing (which I am SOOO appreciative of).
My advice then? If you want to blog, just go ahead and start writing. Ignore the cardinal rule. Write what you need to write, share what is important. It may take a lot longer to establish readership with a relatively random flux of ideas – but if you are honest and forthright? They’ll come. And it’s so worth the effort.
Whenever WordPress emails me saying someone read a post of mine “and enjoyed it enough to click the ‘Like’ button” all I can think is THEY LIKE ME! THEY REALLY LIKE ME! Because regardless of the fact that Sally Field actually said “…you like me, right now, you like me!” That’s not how folks remember it. And it’s not what you actually did, what you actually said, that people remember. It’s the pop culture, snapshot, of it all that gets remembered.
Hmmm… Now I have a choice. Do I blog about how silly it is that I get all excited knowing someone cared enough to click like, comment, or rate my post? How us bloggers are so very fickle and need our egos stroked constantly? Or do I rant and rail against this pop culture version of ourselves that is likely to be remembered vs. the truth of ourselves? Ooooo… there’s a third choice here. I can turn to YOU, the folks who satisfy that need for attention, and ask you to weigh in. Of course, if I put it out there, if I ask the question, and no-one writes back? That would be crushing. 😉 Well… maybe not crushing, but it certainly wouldn’t feel good.
So, perhaps all I’ll leave you with is this, which is something I can admit to identifying with:
“I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”
– Sally Field’s famous, often misquoted, acceptance speech.
Post number 600.
I’ve been blogging here for a couple years now, almost daily (generally not on Fridays). 600 posts though, that seems like a lot. Granted I don’t always have something interesting to say. I’ve posted ridiculous things like a snapshot of our refillable slurpee cups at 7-11. But I think I’ve also covered a lot of serious issues too. Generally, I’m happy to log on after putting the girl to sleep, and just share whatever happens to be on my mind… and, as I’ve mentioned, sometimes there’s not a lot there. 😉
My point? Well… I just wanted to say thank you. Thanks for sticking through it with me. Thanks for the “likes”, for the stars, for the comments… thanks for the love. 🙂
It’s been a ride! (and no, I’m not going anywhere… just feeling kinda pensive about the whole thing) LMAO
Sometimes I just need to share, and quite honestly I don’t see anything wrong in that. I think it might just mean that I’m human. 😛
So… it’s my birthday. Yay me. 😉
That really has nothing to do with what I’m planning on asking you today, but I figured I’d throw it out there. LOL
I’m thinking it’s time for a new look here at TD 365. I’ve got a couple different themes I’m considering and would love to hear from you – the people who actually read the blog. What features are important to you? What would you like to see me add? What would you like to see me lose? What would you like me to keep?
Here are a couple looks I’m considering – both very different from one another.
Theme Licorice: Brings with it a very easy on the eyes palette. Simple navigation. Use of “featured images”. Full posts on the front page.
Theme Mystique: Brings top of the page “share-ability” with facebook and twitter, and a cool uncluttered widget for clickable content (one click brings up the tags, links, and categories without refreshing the page). Uses “featured images”. Full posts on the front page.
So… the main things I love about about Mystique are it’s easy twitter and facebook sharing, and the neat content widget. But I have to admit I prefer the look and simplicity of Licorice. However, there’s always the possibility of just keeping things as they are. LOL
Well, life is back to normal… for a few days anyway. I’ve missed my daily posts. I’ve missed the reflection that comes with this time each day. I am very glad to be back where I feel I have the luxury of doing so again. 🙂 So, to welcome myself back to the blogosphere. I’m sharing a gift. Today, Lily-Ann gave me a flower.
One of the gifts of being a mom, are these small moments. These little appreciations. So I thought it was worth sharing. I really am very blessed. Things are rarely easy for us, but they are always good. Because when you surround yourself with people who love you, life is always good. 🙂
Take care of each other…. and if you have a spare moment, check out my new photography site. It’s at http://photography.tobi-dawne.com/