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.