Officially, this past weekend was my one month blogiversary. Technically, it’s been slightly less. I always had a longing to write, and as my 53rd birthday approached, I thought- “Why not start a blog? How hard could it be?”
To begin: really hard. It took me three days to figure out how to get “Site Map” off my one post. Three days.
Then there was the title. What am I trying to say? Getting old sucks but it’s better than the alternative? That’s a little depressing, and I’m a somewhat upbeat person. I was thinking about the title while I was still in bed. As it took me 10 minutes to stretch out the kinks and actually get out of bed- the title came to mind. And the mission statement? 50 is half of 100- so I’m in the second half. And isn’t the second half of a game always the best part?
I always thought I was a somewhat intelligent person. I know how to read. I know basic arithmetic. I signed up with WordPress. That was easy. I entered my title. And then I actually tried to form the blog. Theme? What’s is a theme? Is this like a party? Choose A for Roaring Twenties B for Under the Sea? I just wanted to write a little, maybe throw in a picture or two. Why does there have to be a theme? Is one theme better than another? I knew I could sit stymied by this for days, so I chose what seemed to be the simplest. And I wrote.
I noticed the Community Pool page, how it was a good place to share your blog and get feedback. So after twenty minutes and a lot of swearing, I figured out how to put my URL (is that what it’s called) in the comment box. My one and only response? Personalize the widgets.
What’s a widget? (That’s not exactly what I exclaimed, but you get the gist)
And I still don’t know if widgets are important or why they’re important. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at someone’s widgets. Honestly, I don’t know if I want to look at someone’s widgets. I want to read their stories, and look at their pictures. There’s nothing wrong with an attractive face, but I like to see the heart. To me, in the heart lies the beauty.
Next, I read the “how to” page. The takeaway was tag your blogs. I sort of , kind of, know what tagging is. I live with a #15yearold. I’ve tagged and been tagged on Facebook. But how do I tag my work? What best sums up what I’m writing about? Wrinkles, age spots and arthritis? No- that’s not who I am. Who am I? A mature woman who has had life experiences, some good and some bad, and I’ve lived to tell the tale. Someone who is not ready to pack it in just because she can’t walk fast or see with 20/20 accuracy. Too long for a tag. And I struggle with the tag every day. So now I just write in the first 15 words that come to mind, because 15 is the magic tag number.
Then I started reading blogs. All sorts of blogs because I am interested in all sorts of things. I love learning new things, and I love finding someone who enjoys the same things I do. I have read things by people all over the world, and seen photos that I know were taken on my street (though it is a little weird seeing a picture of your local diner on someone else’s blog- I wanted to comment, “did you ever try the French Toast? It’s delicious”, but feared a restraining order in my future) And I learned that while everyone is unique, we are still all the same-a bunch of people trying to live the best life they can.
The writing- though. What about the writing? That’s why I wanted to blog- because I wanted to write. And the writing is easy and hard at the same time. I have opinions on literally every subject there is. I could write 500 words on how I need to reorganize my desk for maximum efficiency (I’m looking at my not so tidy desk BTW). So I’m rarely short of ideas. But what’s the best way to convey meaning? How should I explain my thoughts?
So my process (as of today, because this whole thing is a work in progress) is to jot down an idea when it comes to me. I think about it. And I think some more. What is the point I’m trying to make? How do I best convey my point? What form should I use to write? And I make a cup of tea, and I write.
So thanks to all of you who are accompanying me on my journey. Hopefully my writing will improve. Maybe I’ll make you laugh, or cry, or just feel. Perhaps I’ll actually learn how to set up my blog properly. I might even learn what the appropriate tags should be. But most of all, I’m just going to enjoy this new adventure.