Why Blog? How often to Blog? Blah Blah Blog??

Mark and I were talking on the way down in the car yesterday about blogging, and where it shakes out in the big picture of stuff to do and ways to connect with people.  I've decided that I might do better to write more often with less fanfare, less wring-the-depths-out-of-my-spirit about the whole thing.  So that's the new plan. 

Sometimes I read too many blogs/tweets/facebook posts in a row that have no apparent cultural or newsworthy value, and I start wondering why why why? are all these people feeling that it's interesting or important for others to know that the writer is standing in line somewhere, or not liking some celebrity's hair, or thinking about the changes in the weather.  It makes me worry that I am more self-indulgent in my posts than is savory.  I don't want to be a jerk, or to look like the self-involved person that at some level, we all are.  

 

But I want to communicate to those seeking contact and content.  I want to remark when there's something to say, to add a voice to the chorus, whether aligned or dissenting.  When there might be something to share that could help someone, or save somebody a frustration I experienced, or help light a fire of excitement that spreads wonderfully within someone's life.  Maybe I've been too concerned with having a specific point of view -- trying too hard to connect my 'deep thoughts' to creativity or music or writing, whatever.  Well, you might be hearing more stories about Daisy (now 2 and a half) or food or getting the clutter out! or the other things that occupy my daily life so much.  Hope that's alright with y'all.

I also want to find some models of great blogs with rich, helpful content.  Can you guys turn me on to some of your favorites?  

What's the right amount to blog?  Multiple times a day?  Daily?  Weekly?   Please comment and share with me how often your favorite bloggers post.  There are usually rhythms to these things, and I am perfectly happy to learn from those who've found great ones already. 

Okay, so that's it for today.  I'll wrap it up with my thankful things, starting with a thank you to you!


Today I'm thankful for:

1.  The chance to have a good talk with my sister.

2.  That Daisy's teeth are feeling better after she knocked them IN the other day -- yikes!

3.  Reconnecting with great old friends!

4.  Wonderful grandparents.  :) 

5.  Naps during those great midwestern rains.  

 

2 comments

  • Violette

    Violette

    Hi Mary Beth! I can't wait to get a copy of your new book.....it sounds delightful! I am a mixed media artist and author and have been blogging for over 5 years. I try to blog 5 days a week or at the very least post a photo or something. My son who was my webmaster said it's important to be regular about blogging otherwise folks will simply stop coming. Sometimes its difficult to come up with stuff to say - it doesn't always have to be profound - it could simply be an observation about something which you tie into creativity or fingerpainting with your child or revamping a piece of furniture that was slated for the landfill.....the stuff of life.......doesn't always have to be deep and profound! Love, Violette

    Hi Mary Beth! I can't wait to get a copy of your new book.....it sounds delightful!

    I am a mixed media artist and author and have been blogging for over 5 years. I try to blog 5 days a week or at the very least post a photo or something. My son who was my webmaster said it's important to be regular about blogging otherwise folks will simply stop coming. Sometimes its difficult to come up with stuff to say - it doesn't always have to be profound - it could simply be an observation about something which you tie into creativity or fingerpainting with your child or revamping a piece of furniture that was slated for the landfill.....the stuff of life.......doesn't always have to be deep and profound!

    Love, Violette

  • mb

    mb

    Thanks, Violette. Could you leave us a link or address of your blog? I'd love to check it out. It just seems like a lot, doesn't it? Keeping up with things like blogging and facebook and twitter. I'm just finding myself wondering how all these 'reporters' are finding time to live! But maybe that's a theme to notice. We are being asked to be more observant, more conscious of what we're experiencing, so we can decide what to share. How to connect. Thanks for writing. I'm looking forward to seeing/reading what you do!

    Thanks, Violette. Could you leave us a link or
    address of your blog? I'd love to check it out. It
    just seems like a lot, doesn't it? Keeping up with
    things like blogging and facebook and twitter. I'm
    just finding myself wondering how all these
    'reporters' are finding time to live! But maybe
    that's a theme to notice. We are being asked to be
    more observant, more conscious of what we're
    experiencing, so we can decide what to share.
    How to connect. Thanks for writing. I'm looking
    forward to seeing/reading what you do!

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