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Daily Drivel

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Confession time….

I never read blogs. Well, rarely.  I occasionally click on a link someone Posts on FB and enjoy a good read, if I have time.  My knowledge of the internet two years ago went as far as email and occasional Facebook or Myspace.  A friend suggested I start one and so I read a few blogs and thought, huh…I could do that.  And so I did.

I went into this assuming that everything I wrote was to be fraught with meaning… emotionally tugging or hilariously funny.  I thought there had to be a beginning, middle and end…a moral…and some kind of life changing epiphany to draw interest.

But as I scoured the internet recently, looking at other bloggers who post daily, or darn near, I found they are not doing that at all. Oh, sure…they come up with a brilliant piece once in a while, and their readers are eager to read it…but what seems to draw them in, what appears to make the readers and the blogger more like a tight-knit family, is not the life changing events…but rather the daily drivel.  Things the writer may see as drab or ordinary, and yet to everyone else, it’s like stepping out of their lives and into someone else’s.  Because everybody’s life is different and sometimes, something different is all we really need.  A break from our own reality.  It’s like a mini vacation.

Almost every day something happens that makes me think, “Oh my gosh…I have to write this down.”  And yet I don’t write it down, or at least I don’t share it, because I don’t want to flood my readers with boring, meaningless drivel.  I don’t want people saying, “Oh My Gosh…why does she think we want to read this crap?” And so I hold back…

My fingers itch to type. My brain makes opening statements and closing paragraphs against my will and my yearning to put it in print is strong. And yet, for some reason, I don’t.

Now, as my boring winter comes to a close and the excitement of Alaska summer picks up a bit, I’m thinking I’ll go ahead and write down my drivel…my day to day life…my version of your mini vacation…whether you like it or not.

And so I don’t risk making you rue the day you “liked” my page, I decided to give you a heads up.  If it’s daily life with no particular substance, I’ll mark it with the category, “Daily Drivel”…for now.  And let’s see where it goes from there.

24 Responses to "Daily Drivel"
  1. Oliver Jasmine says:

    You totally should write more just random stuff! It seemed like more meaningful stuff got across as a whole in the earlier archives with more posts per month. Also the reason I got hooked enough to read through the archives of this perticular blog was that even if it was just a daily boring stuff post there would still be plenty of pictures to bring it to life 🙂

  2. Eleni Drinks Tea says:

    You’re absolutely right, those are my favourite kinds of posts (and by the way, i can’t imagine your life and mine could be much more different, so your versin of “daily drivel” will still be fascinating to me!

  3. ruth williamson says:

    JUST. DO. IT.  I will read it.  I love your blog, and I’d love to read more.  You  are living the life I wished I live, in many ways.  I have 4 young kids (2 adopted, 2 bio) and I wish I had more–I always saw more in the future.  It’s already NUTS here in my house, but now I’m a single Mom, so I don’t see more kids coming my way.  I know I could try for more fosters as a single Mom, but it’s skechy whether it’s the right choice for me.  I also always thought I’d get away from the “rat race” of the big city I live in, but now I’m tied to the area, because of my childrens’ father. 

    And so i read your blog.  I’d love more daily drivel.

  4. Mackrinda says:

    Excited!!! Can’t wait to start reading.

  5. Night Rider says:

    Oh honey, please don’t stop! What may seem to be routine and ‘drivel’ is fascinating to many. Living in Alaska is so out of the ordinary for most of us, tack on the kids and home-schooling,  and you have a more exciting day than your average reality show. I find it fascinating the things you have to deal with, and the way you handle them.

    If anything we need more, not less!!

  6. Kim T. says:

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. 😀

  7. Loisgroat says:

    Oh, YAY!  I am looking forward to it.  I am always sad when I check your blog and there is nothing.  I think to myself, surely at least Anthony must have done SOMETHING she could tell us about!  🙂

    We are just regular people.  We like drivel.  

  8. Livinglovingandgrowing says:

    Bring on the drivel! 😉

  9. Lori says:

    Yay, for daily drivel.  Bring it.

  10. Anita says:

    so everything I’ve read that you’ve written is awesome not at all drivel – in fact i keep checking back on a reguala (twice or so each week) to see if there is anyting new

  11. Heidi says:

    Sounds good to me. I know that you have plenty going on with your family and move to keep me interested!

  12. Jill says:

    I love your blog. I admire – even envy what you do. Though I probably would have picked Northern Wisconsin. No too much humidity in the summer and too dang frozen in the winter but still – a place in the woods somewhere where a person can think and make a living somehow. Therein lies the rub. I paint and draw so maybe that- but probably not. Maybe writing. You have to be pretty consistent for that. Having AADHD I’m just glad I’m retired and don’t have to worry too much about making a living. I do wish I could have a do-over though. I would have gone where the cowboys were.

  13. Amber says:

    I’m a new blogger myself and have been thinking about the same things lately. I love reading your posts, though! Your “real” life is more interesting to me than a lot of the made-up ones out there. I used to follow a few blogs by people who wanted to be the next Tony Robbins, or people traveling around the world with nothing but an iPad, and while some are just regular people wanting to express themselves, others seem like they’re just doing it so they can write about it, or they just want to brag about how they only need 3 hours of sleep a night or how they climbed such-and-such mountain yesterday. I’d rather hear what you’re thinking about or going through on a regular day in Alaska!

  14. Julia says:

    Everyone has daily drivel. It’s always interesting to hear about other people’s day.   It’s not that often I get to read about a herd of moose crossing the street on a daily basis. I just referenced you the other day when a friend was talking about a student with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  I told her to check out your blog to get some insight on it. 

  15. claire says:

    Hey Facebook made millions out of daily drivel, go for it.x

  16. Blumenfeld5 says:

    Bring on the mundane, I say!

  17. Sue Blakeman says:

    I enjoy your drivel. You have a way of drawing us into your world, and it’s extraordinary! Thank you for sharing it with us. I like your fb blurbs, too. =)

  18. Bobbyspain says:

    one persons drivel is anothers gem . if we didnt like what you write you would be cold and lonely . well no , i guess youd find some way to keep warm and busy with the kids , wed just be missing out .

  19. Jennymacballard says:

    You hit the nail on the head. The everyday from other cultures and countries, can be really interesting. The simplest thing can make you think . From a simple photo I’m now wondering whether snow damages cut timber. 🙂

  20. Jakicheli says:

    Love your blogs and comments.  Since I love meeting and getting to know new friends all your blogs are interesting to me.  As a  new blogger (24 when the current one is published soon?)  I can use all the readers/advise  to help me set realistic goals and learn what others are interested in reading.  Keep up and do it often.  Many of us love it and your family. 🙂

  21. Karla from CO says:

    Yay!  I would love to read more of your drivel!!!  haha!  

    …really, though, here are the things I like best about your blog: generally, you say  your piece in one page (that’s GOOD!) and when it runs longer, it’s because it needs to be said to complete the subject (good, also!); I like the variety of topics you write about; love your style and humor; and, (tada!) the biggest thing I like is that you are so genuine and unpretentious! So, bring it on! I can’t wait! 😀

  22. RAndreaN says:

    I see litter on the streets and sometimes wish I could braid it. Then i see, hear, smell a rat and i go bCk to self preservation. City life.

  23. Rachel Toney says:

    Something tells me your “Drivel” may be far more interesting then you give yourself credit for. Write away!

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