I wonder how long that is in blogger years? If it’s the same as dog years, that puts me at 21 again, which I’m definitely on board.
When I attended the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer’s Workshop last year, a single question resonated with me that I could not answer.
“What do you write?”
Seems like a pretty simple question. Yet, when forced to give an answer, I was speechless and fumbling for words.
“Well…I write about…aaaaa…..yah….aaaaa…”
“Oh yah, I wrote a story about finally being a soccer mom…”
(Insert game show loser music here…)
Three years, 122 stories and over 50,000 words and all I can come up with is “soccer mom”?
At least I’ve been keeping the crickets entertained.
Here are a few blogging lessons I’ve learned over the past three years:
- Don’t turn your blog into a Jerry Springer Show, use discretion when writing about your friends and family. Not everyone is comfortable in the spotlight.
- Don’t be a “Shock Blogger”. Although I cuss like a sailor when I’m not behind the keyboard, I found I was uncomfortable channeling my inner-Andrew Dice Clay in print. However, crude and rude seems to draw thousands of readers and Facebook “Likes”, personally I prefer to channel Bonnie Hunt over Snooki.
- Don’t turn into a Blogger Beggar. It seems the art of writing is getting lost in the obsession with building an audience. My Twitter feed is so full of self-promoting bloggers it’s like walking in the town square and every street performer has a hat for donations while shoving a flyer in your face with details of their next publication. I can’t make myself say, “For the night crowd” either. Is everyone playing at the local Holiday Inn? Don’t get me wrong, it’s hugely gratifying to have people read and be engaged by something you’ve written, however, I don’t feel comfortable begging for the readership.
- Take the time to read a wide variety of Blogs because you never know what jewel you will uncover. I have discovered some of the most amazing story tellers and interesting points of view through bloggers that are rarely found in mainstream media.
I may sound like a blog fun muffler to some, to others consider these lessons from a blogger coming of age.
Literally, I’m turning 50. Maybe I should celebrate by begging AARP for a “Like”.