I just recently got a notification that I hit my 7-year blogiversary here on WordPress. Now that milestone is a little misleading as it didn’t become a “regular” posting blog until August of 2016 when I found the WP daily prompt. So, it is more like a 4-year blogiversary.
But there was another milestone I passed recently and that is that my number of posts crossed the 2,000 point. In fact, I am almost 100 past that point. My goal of getting a view from Greenland has still not happened. And my next goal to pass is the number of followers … I am in the 900’s now and look forward to that 1000 mark.
The blog is essential for me to “stay sane” as I often write out my feelings in one form or another. But that is not to say it is all doom and gloom. There are good days and I do fairly well with a little bit of fiction writing too. By far though the best part of blogging has been meeting some great people and wonderful writers and photographers. The blogging community is unlike any other. We support each other and truly care. I have made definite friends here.
My blog is a day behind, so I need to go read, read, read. I thank each and every one of you who are reading for the first time to the 2,000th time. My readers make this a lot more fun! (((HUGS))) to you all!
Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August #2 (FDDA) – blog
Fandango has a question he poses every week… this week I think I will join in with my answer. From his post:
Before I ever started blogging, I was talking with a guy who was a blogger. I asked him why he enjoyed blogging. His answer surprised me. He said that on his blog, he could be the man he always wanted to be. He added that he liked who he was on his blog better than who he was in the real world.
That floored me. I couldn’t fathom how someone could be one person in real life and another person in a virtual life. But he explained that he could more freely express himself on his blog. That he was actually more forthright, honest, and open about his opinions, perspectives, and beliefs in the blogosphere than he could ever be in real life, where he felt constrained by the etiquette of polite society. His blogging self, he said, was more reflective of who he was than his “real” self. My mind was blown.
So my question this week is this.
Are you the same person on your blog as you are in real life? Do you like yourself more in the virtual world than you do in the real world?
I am kind of like I am in real life… kind of. Here with an anonymous blog I feel more open and honest. In real life I am a scared shy lady who is afraid and depressed a lot. I think here because I am so honest and open I feel stronger as a person. If I have feelings for someone, I find it easier to “talk” to them through a poem or words in general; I get tongue tied carrying on a conversation a lot. I just don’t have the confidence I seem to find somewhere in my writing.
Do I like myself more? That’s a tough one. I think I do prefer the blog me. I don’t have much self-worth in real life. I am starting to believe my writing is ok. I have a few followers that tell me I am doing a good job anyway. And I think I have more friends in the blogging community than I trust in real life. I have three people in the last 8 or 9 years that have just turned around and walked away. So, it is hard to trust… and my ex-husband didn’t help me with the trust issues with him being an alcoholic. But yes, I like my blogging me better than the real world me.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question (#FPQ) #64
He pushed the save button. It was finally done. He had written a third short story and was toying with the idea of putting one on a blog site. He knew a couple of people who used a blog to share poetry and to air out emotions. He was just interested in stories. He had read a couple of his friends’ blogs and found them entertaining. This was time to decide. He took a sip of his coffee and went to the website his friends used. He did a copy paste of his story. And he pushed the publish button.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – publish
Hannah slowly approached the recliner and hopped into the seat being careful not to drop her crutches. “I can’t believe the doctor won’t let me walk on this for two whole weeks. It really doesn’t even hardly hurt.”
Her Mom turned to her and said, “Now is a good time to work on that blog you wanted to do. You will have plenty of time to tend to it.”
“I might as well, all I can do is just sit here with my feet up. I still don’t know how I managed to break my foot walking across the grass.”
Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) #29
She sat in front of her computer. Typing another random blog that only a few would see. She had checked her stats when she first logged on but only saw the same 34 bloggers that were following her. She had to do something to grow her audience, but what? She was just a simple writer, poems and blogs about her life; she toyed with the idea of short stories but was not convinced she could do it. Then someone mentioned a daily prompt she could write for. She began to do so and as they say, the rest is history.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – stats