When I started blogging a little less than a month ago, here’s what I knew:
- There was more to life than teaching my dog new tricks, especially when he decided to go on strike.
- I had a lot to say and the few people who would listen (including my dog) were busy doing other insignificant things like earning a living or dealing with their own so called “crises.”
- My funny memoir stories were stuck in neutral—an uncomfortable gear for a self-proclaimed anti-procrastinator.
- If I didn’t use my brain to learn new things, it would immediately shrivel into a petrified raisin and my driver’s license would be revoked in 30 years.
I needed a plan. My aspiration was to devise an activity that would challenge me, breathe life into my inner writing rascal, allow me to speak my mind to someone other than my reflection in the mirror, and give me the warm glow of feeling like I made a positive difference in the world (no matter how small) with my words. I also challenged myself to write shorter sentences.
The idea of blogging wasn’t mine. Someone came up with it before me, so I can’t take credit for it. Even before he wrote, Crafting the Personal Essay, Dinty Moore (yes, that’s his name), blogging was popular. He suggested blogging—specifically on WordPress.com—to get your writing “out there.” Where exactly? I wasn’t sure. But since he wrote a book and I bought it, he was leaps ahead of me. I took his advice.
I knew nothing about blogs. I googled “blog”: web log. Okay. Then I called my son, explaining my plan.
“What do you think it should be about?”
“Mom, it’s your blog so you should decide.”
“That’s why I’m calling you. What do people blog about?”
“Have you even read any blogs?”
“No. I read books.”
“Well, Mom, you might want to start there.”
“Okay. Let’s just say I’ve read a few blogs. What advice would yougive to me?”
“Alex, are you there?”
“Yeah. I’m thinking. Okay. Three things: keep it short, include interesting graphics, and make it either about something you’re an expert in or something you know nothing about.”
“Mom, are you still there.”
“Yeah, I’m just thinking. Thanks, love you!”
Keep it short: three words dreaded by any sociologist and I have a Ph.D. in sociology. Include interesting graphics: “interesting” is in the eye of the beholder but who would be doing the beholding? Write about what I’m an expert in or what I’m an idiot in: that covers the universe of topics.
The blog that emerged is Lorna’s Voice. Each page and post is between 500 and 600 words, a testament to hours of editing out superfluous words like “superfluous.” I spend nearly as much time nabbing“interesting” graphics from Google Images to accompany my posts. A few pictures are my own—the unprofessional-looking ones. I haven’t figured out how to include animations yet, but, hey, I’ve only been at this a few weeks…
My posts are all true, funny tales and observations about my life—past and present. If I show how I take my lumps with a helping of humor, maybe others will view their lives more light-heartedly.
That’s why I blog. How about you?
Lora’s Earl is a creative writer and published researcher. She blogs about the daring journey we refer to as “life” in whimsical posts. Lorna is the author of an essay about post-9/11 reactions called “We Must Seeks Bonds That Link All Humans” and has ventured to write poetry and short stories for her own enjoyment. On Lorna’s Voice, found here: http://lornasvoice.wordpress.com/, she discusses her adventures, the idiosyncrasies of modern language usage, and, of course, the niceties of the very strange lives we tend to live.