I've got a new group of folks to show admiration-the dedicated blogger. I follow dozens of blogs covering a variety of things of interest or meaning. I admit I get disappointed when a favorite takes a hiatus, or it is weeks and months between posts. The window into their thoughts is still open a crack, but such a small sliver that I feel let down. "How hard can it be to churn out a couple paragraphs of ideas, insights, and reflection?" It turns out, pretty difficult many days. With a new frame and perspective, I realize how unrealistic I have been. I created this blog three weeks ago with every intent to post two to as many as four posts a week. This is blog post number two. It takes more creativity and energy than I imagined. I'm learning also as I explore the bogging world, the bloggers that are professional, or semi professional, are relatively few in the group I follow. They often aren't even the ones that resonate with me the most. Most bloggers I enjoy and who's site I have marked as my favorites for easy access, seem to be blogging for their own release, escape, accountability, entertainment, or just to share their life in a new way with people that might appreciate knowing them better, or learning from what they have to share. If they have no readers, or just a few, it doesn't matter. While of course they are happy to be joined with others through the shared word, it wasn't the primary objective.
So for post number two, my new frame of reference will be to think of this blog as conversations with friends. There are friends you talk with regularity, and others that it is weeks, and sometimes even months between conversations-just like blog posts. I'll still look up my favorite sites and if they have Twitter feeds, follow them there to get the fast scoop that a new post has arrived. Thank you Andrea, Viviana, Joel, Becky, Jo, Kristin and countless others. I will keep looking for your posts, and keep learning how to best participate in this incredible blogosphere.