I have been writing this blog for a little over two years. In that time I have spent a part of every day thinking of a post, writing a post or wishing I was writing a post. There are days when I wish I could stop my life, ditch my family and all responsibilities, so I could sit with my blog.
When I first began to blog I had no idea what lay ahead. I thought it was all about writing, ‘finding my voice’, and learning how to write better. How little I knew!
In the past two years I have discovered blogging is not about what I write, but about sharing myself. I have spent a large amount of time reading other blogs, commenting on blogs and replying to those who comment on my posts. I have come to ‘know’ many bloggers from all over the world. I read their blogs regularly, comment and engage with them, and over time I’ve begun to care about them.
There are days when I find myself looking at a lovely view, and I’ll remember some of my ‘friends’ who I know would love to look at the sights I’m looking at. I hear conversations which remind me of posts they have written, I know anniversaries, both happy and sad, which will matter to them, and I wonder where they are and if they are alright when I don’t see their posts when I should.
I have been reminded of this sharing recently in two different ways.
Firstly a blogging buddy of mine is about to undergo major surgery. She lives in the US and I’ve never met her, nor am I ever likely to, yet today even though I was tearing around, I have found myself wondering if she is nervous, and hoping all goes well for her. If you’d like to check her out she blogs at Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.
My second reason is more personal. Since last week I have been busy with very little time on my hands. It’s competition season, so I have lots of swim galas, including one this weekend with forty five novice swimmers aged six to twelve. I also have a family event this Monday which means my mom, sister and brother will be visiting… yes you guessed it, there is so much cleaning to be done! Also I seem to have forgotten it is only a few days away so tomorrow and Friday are my only hope of getting anything to wear. Due to my lack of time, I have been unable to go on my laptop to read the blogs of those I follow, and I am suffering seriously from withdrawal symptoms, irritability being the biggest one.
But, you may say, you are still writing. Yes I am penning a couple of posts but that is only to stop me exploding completely, there is no fun in writing and not reading other blogs or commenting. Blogging is a two way street.
So if you are new to blogging my advice to you is to go read other blogs, and take the time to comment. You will be richly rewarded in getting to know some very interesting new people, and your writing will be all the better for it.
For those of you who I have not called to in the past while, I miss you, and I apologise for my absence but all is well. I will hopefully be back to ‘normal’ after next Tuesday. If I’ve missed anything major or you have written a post you think I’d have enjoyed please add the link in the comments, it’ll help me catch up.
Until then happy blogging.
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