And NaBloPoMo — the month of daily blogging and trying to convince others that you are not saying a dirty word, thankyouverymuch — is at an end. I learned a few things (thank goodness) and now I make a batter out of those small items and bake them up into little cupcakes for you:
Blogging every day is work
I knew this, or rather, I suspected it, which is one reason why I haven’t really tried blogging before. I’ve always written in journals, and I’m still lugging those journals around with me from ten, twenty, and thirty years ago. (I know, because I just unpacked them. Oh, the red-faced pain of reading my teenage draah-maaah.) But blogging is different — blogging is public — you want someone to read what you’re saying, you want them to react and you hope they’ll drop you a note and stop by again sometime. Even the shortest post takes time to put together, especially if you want to include a visual element to your story, as I do. (Because my eyes like to read, too.) With a daily blog, there’s hardly time to edit, to rephrase, to find a more elegant expression, to be more (or less) funny, or, let’s be honest, to spell — forget housework, work-work, email, feeding your children, baking, finding clean underwear, etc. So kudos to the daily bloggers. I’ll still get grumpy when I visit your sites and you haven’t posted an entry in days (dammit!) but I’ll understand. You needed clean underwear. Fine.
There is a blog for everyone
Another reason I held back from blogging: would anyone particularly care? The answer is yes. There is a blog for everyone. On every topic. Nothing is too small, too specific, too personal, too esoteric. This is powerful — we are not alone. In my very specific genre of ex-pat American mothers living in the UK who have young families and who like to bake (and in my case, are possibly crazy) there are dozens and dozens of us. (See how I just said “us” there? I just created a tribe. I believe the rally cry will be: “Oooh, lovely!”) Expand the focus just a little and expat women are writing about their amazing journeys all over the globe. How freaking awesome is that? Also amazing, the small person writing in a closet can have the impact of the big talking head writing from a studio. Have fingers and a laptop? You have a world-wide platform. Wow.
If you quote Fight Club in your post heading, you will get the.most.hits.ever.
You met me at a very strange time in my life. ‘Nuff said. (~waving at all the people who have now arrived here by accident.~)
Bloggers create supportive communities
Who knew? I had fallen in to the mistaken belief that bloggers worked in isolation, shooting out their thoughts and then moving on. Hmm, a bit of a masculine conception of blogging. Turns out, blogging is for chicks! I now have a long list of blogs I check near-daily, just to see how everyone is doing. I might +1 or check a positive tick-box on a blog, just to show support for the writer — good on you for posting! Doesn’t even matter what — just good for you for putting yourself out there and making the world a better place, one post at a time. +1, my friend!
Blogging is worth the effort
When you’ve just moved to a new country — just for example — and just moved in to a new house — totally random example — and your kids just started a new school — just, you know, example off the top of my head — and you are trying to make new friends — I wonder who she means — and missing your old ones terribly — waaah, it’s me, it’s me — the daily discipline of blogging keeps your mind moving, keeps you looking around for new and engaging experiences, gets you rooted in yourself and in your day to day life. It’s a good thing. I’m grateful.
So what are you waiting for? Are you going to start a blog? Write a novel? Drag out your old journals and start inscribing a new page? What’s your favorite blog to read and where do you go for inspiration? I’ve been so happy to have you all drop by this past month — truly, it’s meant more than I can say — and while I won’t be posting every day in December I will keep on bringing you more butter and jam to go with the bread of our every day.