Theme Thursday: Blogging

Theme ThursdayEvery Thursday, a handful of bloggers follow a theme chosen by the very wise and sometimes sarcastic guru Jenn at Something Clever 2.0.  Did you know that she can tweet, drink wine, and make fondant covered cupcakes all at the same time?  That in itself is worth a visit to Theme Thursday EVERY FREAKING WEEK!  This week’s theme is blogging.  Be sure to check out all of the other “Themers” that contribute to this epic event. 

To start this off, I thought I would look up the origin of the word “blog”.  Here is what I found on good old Wikipedia:

A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Still with me?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.  It lost me at “portmanteau”.

Ok, she's not blogging.  She's watching Mr Rogers.  Close enough?

Ok, she’s not blogging. She’s watching Mr Rogers. Close enough?

Blogging is much like raising a child.  You put so much love and time into it.  It doesn’t pay much, and sometimes it’s just downright mean to you.  However, the personal rewards can be fabulous!  Incidentally, WordPress told me yesterday that it was my three year anniversary.  Really?  It was that long ago that I tried to put my words into writing and failed miserably?

After two attempts that I never shared publicly, back in June I was going through a lot of icky personal stuff (Ahem, going insane and losing my job due to downsizing).  I was hearing time and time again that I really should start a blog.  So I finally took to the keyboard and really did it.  Those people are probably reeeeeally regretting that they said anything now!  It’s been a few months and over 500 followers later.  I say that because I don’t know how many people follow me on more than one network, and I don’t want to do the detective work to find out.  In other words, I think some people could be the same people.  Does that make sense?  I could say that it’s a personal success.

I’ve blogged about everything from poop to the periodic table.  I’ve been featured the Sunday Sip, on Aiming Low, and Bloggers.com.  I just did my first guest post on Menopausal Mother, which I’m told by many was my best post ever (that figures!)  I’m in a contest for funny moms that everyone else on the internet is in too.  I’ve been awarded multiple awards that are really just things to get more readers to your blog (like I care).  I’ve had two blog posts that my HUSBAND EVEN LIKED.  I’ve also met some of the best most supportive people in the world.  The blogging community is its own little awesome niche in one corner of the internet.

I was even crowned queen at one point.  Not of blogging.  I will say there were ulterior motives for this...

I was even crowned queen at one point. Not of blogging. I will say there were ulterior motives for this…

The person that really made me want to start blogging, Amber Dusick of Parenting, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures, has her own shop.  I think Crappy Boy having his own little card shop on Etsy really inspired her.  It’s called the Crappy Shop.  She has some of her little sayings and stuff from her blog printed on various items.  After letting people know that they could buy me a present from it, I started thinking what would happen if someday I had enough fans to open my own store?  What little nuggets of wisdom could I print on a t-shirt, mug, towel, napkin?

“I am one of the least interesting people I know.”

“My life resembles Craft Fail more than Pinterest.”

“Idea Diarrhea:  When you just can’t stop the crap that comes out of your head.”

“The recessive gene-go forth and make a song out of anything.”

“My husband took Quantum Physics and all I got was this blog that I don’t even pay for.”

Ok, so the last one is a bit of a stretch.  Everything would be purple or tie-dyed.  Or even tie-dyed purple.  It would be AWESOME!  So if you have the dough, let me know and we’ll get started.  I’m sure we’d sell at least two things.  While you’re at it, could you lend me the $100 or so it takes to make my WordPress site my very own?

Each week I am amazed that people keep reading.  I always wonder WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I RUN OUT OF IDEAS?  I try not to think about that, but somehow that creeps back into the dark corner of my mind.

So I set some goals.  Not really anything too exciting.  Attain 300 followers on Facebook and Twitter by Valentine’s Day.  Get my webpage finished-it’s taking way too much time.  To be published on BlogHer.  To get some more stuff written for Aiming Low, the one website that actually seems to give a crap about the stuff I write.  Find some way to bring in some sort of income before they take my internet away.  Figure out some sort of actual schedule for my day.  Then the kicker happened that kind of threw everything off-I took a temp job.  More about that tomorrow…

The cat has determined that I will blog no more for the day...

The cat has determined that I will blog no more for the day…

Speaking of goals, if you like this, and you maybe even like me, help me out by taking ten seconds of your time and voting for me on the Funny Moms contest.  Or take 30 seconds and vote for everyone you like.  I’d like to think I could make it into the top 100 by the end of the contest.

Hey guess what?  Theme Thursday is open to anyone who wants to be a follower, I mean impart their wisdom on the subject of the week to the rest of the world.  Next week’s theme is Valentine’s Day.  I hope you get with the program and I’ll see you there!

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25 thoughts on “Theme Thursday: Blogging

  1. Sarah, this was great. And happy anniversary. Your blog can now pick out its own clothes and likely ride a tricycle! It can also say “No” more than “Yes” and spell its name using consonants only. 🙂 I love reading your stuff. And you’re right: it’s a nice community. I hope you are feeling well and are back to normal health. xo -M

      • I have tightness on the left side of my neck. So tight that it causes pain and aches. I do best when I’m not sitting around thinking about it! I have muscular issues in the back of my neck and my back too. The doctor insists it’s anxiety and I’m fine, I just NEED TO RELAX. Whaaaaaat? Meeeeee? Heh heh.

      • can you do neck rolls? real small movements with your chin guiding the way. just simple ear-toward-shoulder motions, but NOT MOVING THE SHOULDER, use your neck only. do those and hold but remember to breathe out as you compress toward the shoulder, and inhale as you come back up; exhale to the other side, hold… inhale back up. Then try GENTLY tap your chin to your chest, then to your shoulders with your head / chin level, not tilting. hold. exhale on the turn, hold. inhale on the return to center. hold…. repeat. the key here is to let your shoulders stay soft and still. not arch up toward your ear lobes.

        another: can you roll your shoulders only one at a time — like a “shimmy” but super slow and with intention. keeping your head still like an owl.

        i know this is hard for you – your ADD has got to be a real kink (no pun intended) in the program for you to maintain stillness with these motions, but they will help you. also: make sure you don’t hold your breaths. ever. that siezes the muscles and makes them think you’re preparing for battle…

        i’ll look for some videos to help you. shoulder openers and neck lengthening videos.

      • one more and then i’ll leave you alone! try “eagle arms” which is this: hold your arms like you’re a cactus / football field goal and then keeping your upper arms at the height of your shoulders bring the elbows right out in front of you, still with hands up high. then cross the elbows, right over left with the backs of your hands facing or even touching each other. try to drop your shoulder blades and let them loosen and hang. keeping your shoulders low, lift your elbows to shoulder height again and turn your head gently again as i mentioned before. slow. release and invert the crossover and repeat. hold and really try to think about loosening and lengthening those muscles that connect your neck to your shoulders.

  2. Happy anniversary! Blogging is so great. The writing, the interacting, the getting-to-know-people-a-crazy-distance-from-you!! It’s all wonderful. Can’t wait to hear what your new temp job is. Doesn’t have to do with toilets, does it? That would be poetic. 😉

  3. Great post! And I voted for you (as many times as I’ve been on that site this week – which is a lot!) I still need to get on that Aiming Low thing – I remember what you said about keeping the word count under the max. I am the best procrastinator in the free world. I really enjoyed this post and I like your quotes. They’re really good. I would strongly consider buying a shirt that said the first quote about being the least interesting person. That’s awesome.

    • Why thank you! High praise! And I think you’ll definitely get on Aiming Low-I am a terrible procrastinator too. I need to get my rear in gear and submit some more stuff. I have stuff going on though that is seriously going to hinder my blogging productivity, but in a good way!

  4. Well, I can completely relate to the ambivalence towards blogging and all the weird, conflicting feelings it evokes. And I for one would totally buy your products: “I am the least interesting person I know…” HA! I have really enjoyed this Theme Thursday topic and reading what everybody is thinking about this crazy blog world…

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