I’m a returning blogger…back in the saddle for a few months only…with years and years in between and even then, my previous efforts were professional posts, with just a soupcon of Vicki tossed in for fun.
When I decided to give WordPress a whirl over the summer, I had low expectations. No – scratch that. I had no expectations. I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I hoped the daily practice of writing – spitting out words, ideally in a cogent manner…ideally helpful…sometimes funny…oh – and endearing…I hoped for endearing…might help tone and tighten my writing skills.
I also know myself. I’ve adapted to academic writing when I needed to (dissertation and all) and writing textbooks…but letting my essence, good bad (and often) otherwise, free flow from fingers to keyboard is nirvana. Heaven…for me…but I know I may not be everyone’s cup o’ tea. What rolls out may not be of interest to all but still…it’s ME…and any errors, omissions, bad syntax, or grammar? Not intended to harm the hearts, eyes, souls of readers who are better writers. Promise. After a few weeks, I was pleasantly surprised when sweet fellow bloggers received me, encouraged me, inspired me. More than I’d hoped for.
Blogging for enjoyment was the goal. I left my day job behind and launched headlong, about two years ago, into my consulting business, which I Iove…because my clients are terrific and whether I’m working with individuals or groups, it’s a rare experience when I don’t benefit as much or more than those who pay me. How’s that? Well…forgiveness for the repetition, but connection in life is everything to me. Allowing ourselves to be known, “seen” and when combined with opportunities to serve and lift up a fellow human? Best.Stuff.Ever. The feedback from clients, specifically about blogging was unexpected and affirming with nudges…Vicki…keep writing…blog more, please. So, I pivoted to WordPress and here we are.
As I’ve balanced blogging with other projects – helping others and getting a book ready for my publisher – I’ve seen a shift in how I use my time and it’s because of you. Yep, you – the person on the other side of the screen reading this. I’ve fallen into a comfortable cadence of WordPress writing, mostly in the morning, interspersed with other duties. I enjoy reading and commenting on the posts of fellow bloggers. Fellow bloggers who are smart, wicked-smart, and funny. Fellow bloggers who are insightful and knowledgeable on a range of topics…teaching me about music, art, literature, philosophy, and technology while expanding my worldview of cultures and history. I love the person-first stories, the photography, the poetry, the tips, and tricks. I’m in awe.
While out with a dear friend for breakfast last week, I forgot to turn notifications off on my phone. She knew I was dabbling with blogging again and asked, as I apologized and silenced the WordPress app, my two email accounts, text messages and IG, “How’s the blogging community?” She’s seen the lively comments and caring tone in exchanges with fellow bloggers and was curious.
She’s right about the caring tone. So many lovely acquaintances…dare I call you friends? The blogging relationships are unique in my life but no less endearing, just because they’re virtual. I laughed at my friend’s question, “How’s the blogging community” and replied, “It’s richer and more rewarding on an interpersonal level than a lot of conventional, you know ‘brick and mortar’ friendships.”
It’s a bad habit to laugh at my own silliness, but the ‘brick and mortar’ phrase tickled me. “Oh” my friend said, “That’s how it is…I’m brick and mortar, eh… so what do you call the blogging friends?” I didn’t have a witty answer for her…I dunno, I thought. They’re magical, insightful, thoughtful…and ‘real’ in the most important sense and the fact that they’re slightly intangible, physically, doesn’t diminish the depth or positive regard.
I shared that explanation with her, while shoving pumpkin pancakes in my mouth and she nodded, following my train of thought, and said, “That’s so cool. It’s that thing you always talk about…meeting people where they are or in this case…wherever they are.”
Yep. She’s got me…this tried-and-true, ‘brick and mortar’ friend. Sharing, caring, demonstrating to each other that we matter is the stuff of a life well-lived. If you’re a new friend reading for the first time…or you’ve popped into my blog here and there, know that I look forward to getting to know you, too. And for those who’ve supported me in the blogging world thus far, I’m grateful for your kindness, your good humor and your big hearts. Blessed to call you ‘friend’.
P.S. The puppy pic is not mine…I don’t know who deserves credit… but how cute, right?