Last year I went out on a limb and published my first annual “State of the Blog” address. (I dislike canned speeches, but it’s always good to know what’s going on.) A year has passed, and here we are again.
It took me awhile to come up with the topic for My Second Annual State of the Blog Address. There haven’t been many changes here this past year, other than tweaking the font and messing with my blog roll. From here on out, there’ll be a smaller number of blog roll links in my sidebar, aptly titled “Variety Is The Spice Of Life” — easier for me to manage and less overwhelming for you to contend with. (Random!)
While others have converted their sites into a sleek visual oasis which I enjoy very much, coming here is similar to traveling to a vacation cabin — throwing off the dust covers and spreading a table cloth on the ol’ dinette set! Nothin’ fancy, but welcoming…
Like sitting down to Sunday supper. Simple, satisfying, and entirely up to the cook.
While that stance may leave me behind in the dust, posting more than once a week just isn’t on my cyber slate. (And I’ll be danged if I’m going to write a certain way to generate numbers.) Freedom of expression means more to me than page rank! That said, I’ll try to throw something into cyberspace every Friday or so. ;)
(Confession: I don’t own a smart phone. I don’t even know if mine’s literate, but it gets signal at the bottom of the bluff.)
As far as social media is concerned, it’d probably be easier (and less time consuming) if I owned an instant-access gadget, but truthfully I don’t like how “market-y” some social forums have become. To me, there’s a difference between socializing and advertising!
Sorry… I hope that didn’t sound antisocial.
When I do spend time on those forums, I love seeing what you’re up to and I appreciate the reception I’ve received. I enjoy learning new things about you!
Here are a few other things I’ve learned during “year two”:
Pick something and stick with it. My genre happens to come in triplicate — writing, cooking, & photography — “and that’s the way it is.” (Thank you, Charles Kuralt). He also coined one of my favorite quotes: “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.”
Never publish a photo you aren’t proud of… unless you’re poking fun at yourself. (Don’t expect to find perfection here, although I manage a decent shot now & then.)
Express gratitude. This may come in the form of answering your comments here, poking around on your blogs and “liking”/commenting there, or giving back to the blogging community someway/somehow to uplift you because “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.” Lol! (Thanks, Stuart Smalley.)
Map out your time on this planet and don’t feel guilty about it. I make the best use of my online time as it pertains to me. The rest of my waking hours, I spend with viable human beings. (However it works out for you is all good — no regrets, folks!)
Disregard “numbers.” Statistics are based on the past; I like writing what matters to me now. (I hope you do, too.)
Have fun! Fun is in the eye of the beholder. I can personally attest: If I ain’t’ enjoyin’ it, it’s doubtful you are either.
Blogging has been an adventure since Day One, but I feel like I’ve been “heard.” (Thank you!) No matter how large or small your audience may be, who doesn’t want to be heard… or at least listened to, considered, and pondered, if only for a moment?
By the way, what you think matters to me. I can’t count the number of aha’s I’ve had in the kitchen and my personal life after reading your comments or posts. Everyone has a story to tell! Present-day life. Blasts from the past. Kids, jobs, pets. Inspiration. Recipes and photos. (Mighty stellar ones, I might add!) I love ’em all!
In the coming year, I’ll be serving up a little lunch whenever I’m here… or you are. xo
Enjoying life to the fullest,
Have you made any changes re: your online time? If so, why?