It’s not easy being a blogger. People blog for all kinds of reasons. Some have a “cause”, some have an expertise and some have a story. I started blogging for several reasons.
When the big wipeout came in the TV industry we were all sent to “coaches” and seminars and networking groups and they pretty much all had the same list of things you “have” to do…
• you have to tweet (check)
• you have to join linkedin (check)
• make sure you are on facebook (check)
• you need to blog (huh, what the heck am I going to blog about?)
I didn’t really feel I had a lot to say, and I didn’t really feel that anyone would read it. Somewhere after the first couple attempts at being brilliant and profound I decided I really enjoyed writing again. It occurred to me that if no one was going to read it anyway I could write what I wanted to write and that’s what I started to do. I have no children or grandchildren so I couldn’t join the ranks of the Mommy/Daddy/Grandparent bloggers. My bout with cancer is long gone and although I have a couple of stories to share my “journey” with it is over. I haven’t done any photography in years so that was out. In the end I just decided to write about stuff I cared about, stuff that made me happy, stuff that made me laugh and stuff that made me cry. Once it was posted it would be out there … forever… and whether I had kids or not someday someone might read it and know I was here. Not to mention as I get older it makes it easier for me to remember if I can go back and read about it.
So, I write. I don’t write every day like some. I like to write weekly but sometimes that turns into bi-weekly and occasionally monthly. I don’t have a huge following. I don’t even have a little following. In fact I pretty much have no following – 35 as of this writing. I do know hundreds of people actually read the posts and I get a lot of emails commenting on the posts but for some reason even my family and friends have not figured out how to push on that little button that says “follow” or to actually comment on the blog and not send an email. I read of other bloggers who are “new” and have hundreds of followers and are gushing with gratitude. Who cares? Right? Well, apparently I do. One day after a particularly long spell between posts I received a comment on my blog asking if I was OK because they had noticed I hadn’t posted for awhile. This comment came from someone I have never met, who lives in another country and who’s work I admire a great deal. Now he is a blogger! You can find Otto von Münchow at his blog Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog or at his most recent adventure Øystein og Otto’s Blog
That one comment changed everything and I realized that I was a part of this community. This community of bloggers.
He has been encouraging and supportive and has twice named me for an award the most recent being the Angelika Award. “The Angelika Award is for those who have touched my humble life, like a book, like a teacher, like a master.” That is quite the statement and I can honestly say that statement best describes Otto.
As part of The Community of Bloggers (see how that just became an official name?)… membership has its responsibilities. You must read and support other peoples blogs. Now, the support part is not that difficult but the read part can wear me down. I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. Some of them are amazing! However, it is hard enough to keep up with daily posts, but some people post 2, 3, 4 times a day or whenever a random thought crosses their brain. I keep saying I have to stop following them, but then I hit one of their gems that had me follow them in the first place and I say, “Never mind!”. Seriously though, the number one reason I don’t blog more is that most of my spare time is taken up by reading blogs.
Another way we, The Community of Bloggers, support each other is to share blogging awards and promote each other’s blogs. I have been fortunate to receive some of these awards from my fellow bloggers. Each of these awards comes with instructions some of which are simple, some of which … well, not so much. Some bloggers throw caution to the wind and don’t follow the rules or make up their own as they go along. One of the common rules is to nominate other bloggers for the award. It could be 5. It could be 10. One blogger totally threw out any and all rules and just pointed to 100 blogs. Yes, I said 100! I am still working my way through that list. Why you may ask? Good question. Although 75% of those blogs may not interest me, 25% will and I will be glad I read them. I will probably end up following about 10% of them. That is exhausting!
My latest nomination came from Cdn Stormlover (Lee), over at Life In The Dash Lane. She is funny,feisty and fierce. Thank you Lee for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am not necessarily a fan of rules but I do believe in following tradition so I will adhere to the instructions:
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
• Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. (Check…please see above)
• Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. (Check…please see above…easy peasy)
• Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Here are the 15 Bloggers I nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award. All are worthy of a click through and a follow.
Ok Lee, here are 7 things about me…
1) Green is my favourite colour, but not emerald or forest green. I really like Olive green.
2) I don’t know what “Freshly Pressed” is. Anybody?
3) The best St. Patrick’s Day party I ever went to was in Maui.
4) I hate green tea. It tastes like dishwater.
5) I organize my computer files into so many layers you need a treasure map to find anything.
6) I like to name inanimate objects. I once had a Christmas tree named Ralph but changed it to Irving after reading a story about Irving Berlin.
7) I really like my last list of 7 better than this one.
I will write it. They may not come. You can lead a reader to a post but you can’t make them follow.