I am far, far from being an expert on blogging, but it has occurred to me that these two ideas that have struck me recently might also be of interest to other bloggers. So, I guess this is a “for what it’s worth” post.
1. First, I have started writing down ideas for posts as I read other’s blogs. I’ve always tried to write down ideas that occur to me whenever, but I have just recently started specifically keeping a pen and paper handy when reading and commenting on other blogs. Sometimes the idea for a new post will come from my comment on the post, if not the post itself.
Case in point, Staci, wrote this post about what makes a reader and she then makes the connection from that to being a writer. It’s very interesting, but what specifically caught my attention was a quote from sociologist Shirley Brice Heath, “Simply being a ‘social isolate’ as a child does not, however, doom you to bad breath and poor party skills as an adult. In fact, it can make you hypersocial.”
Ms. Heath’s quote triggered a memory for me that inspired my comment:
“This reminded me of when I was nine years old, and had just moved to a new city with my parents (late life baby, so all siblings were grown and out on own). The sense of isolation was profound in my new neighborhood and school. I do remember doing quite a bit of reading to fill the void where friendships had been, but I also remember thinking, “I had better really work at making new friends, or I’m going to be lonely forever!” I know I wasn’t shy before the move and had had a fair number of friends, but I do think that move made me much more outgoing. Ever since then, I have always been very open to new friendships, and I think that is a direct result of experiencing that awful loneliness as a 9 year old and finding out how painful it can be.”
After I wrote that, I thought, “I may write a post about that move being a turning point in my life.” A thought that I’m not sure would have occurred to me, if I hadn’t read and commented on Staci’s post.
2. Secondly, I’ve had cards made.
Not fancy, and a “life-time supply” (at least for a 62-year old!) of 200 was less than $25 at Office Depot.
I got tired of mentioning my blog to someone (which I do do when the opportunity arises), and then, if they asked how to get to it, one or the other of us having to dig a pen and some scrap of paper out of our purse or pocket to write down the address. This is much easier and more professional looking. Also, I think this card is much more likely to make it out of the purse or pocket of the person and onto the computer desk than a hastily scribbled address written on a scrap of paper would be.
By the way, if either of my children are reading this, don’t get me cards for Christmas. I already have a whole bunch. But, I would love to receive a little business card case. It might do a better job of reflecting that professionalism I’d like to project than the rubber band I’m using now!
Just a couple of thoughts from a blogger who is just learning as she goes.