Before starting this blog, this wee blog, our wee blog, I did some blog related research online (of course, duh). Not surprisingly, I found a ton of articles (blog posts, perhaps?) proffering advice to would-be and newbie bloggers like myself. I have to say, that the blogging community appears to be a remarkably supportive, helpful bunch. I read a ton of stuff.
Most of it was very useful – the practical logistical blah-blah especially. I really had no idea about any of that stuff. Some of it was neutral – info I have filed away in my brain for later use if I need it (yeh, right, I’ll remember that I read something, somewhere that sounded like good advice… and then I’ll go make some cookies).
One piece though… one piece was advice on how to not be “that blogger.” Being a pleaser personality, my eyes devoured this one. There was no turning back. So much DON’T advice! Don’t complain too much. Don’t be too negative. Don’t be too positive. Don’t be too cheerful. Don’t tell people what to do. Don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t! Holy Stepford Wives (or something like that)! It was like one of those lists people circulate on Facebook about all the things everyone wishes everyone else would stop posting about – immediately!
And sure enough, every time I go to start a new post, I freeze. And I write nothing. I love to write. That is one of the reasons I wanted to do this blog – I want to write more. I am actually writing less. Mission not accomplished. I let that “advice” bully me. And I’m kinda mad about it (not too angry, mind you), because you know what? If everyone who posted all those postings, stopped posting that stuff, then there would be no Facebook. No one would have anything to post. Then where would we be?
Can I end this here? Is that ok? I don’t really have any more. I think the last of my ADD med has left my system. And the bus is going to be here soon with my kiddos. And I can’t stop thinking about baking cookies.
Em: I’ll kick your ass if you ever write shit like that again!
(how’s that for bullying? No, seriously, I’m asking. Was that good bullying?) #alsoapleaser
W: Thx Em. That’s pretty good bullying, definitely good threatening.
BTW, I made banana bread, since I had an entire bunch of bananas way past prime – thank you dreamy snowed-in extra long weekend in CT! I thought that would satisfy my baking itch, but it didn’t. I am still thinking about baking cookies. I am thinking oatmeal m&m.
Now that I think about it, maybe that wasn’t very good bullying. I am over it and still thinking about cookies. I am sorry Em, you are not a very believable bully.