I still remember the exact moment that my grandmother told me about blogs. Yes, my grandmother. She was pretty excited about being "in the know." I really couldn't have cared less about these "web-logs." I wasn't really into computer-y stuff anyway. Now that I think back on it, she did know what a blog was, but she didn't really know.
First, I started reading them. I watched these fabulous bloggers get married, have kids, make delicious meals, and just wear really nice clothes. Like, everyday.
Then, I started writing one. "What in the world are you going to write about?" my husband asked. "You don't really do anything." So, I was off to a pretty promising start.
Now, I've found myself in the middle of this Blogtember blog challenge. Today's writing prompt says:
Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
Here's my dilemma. Blogging has probably changed me in all the exact same ways that it has changed every other one of the 156 million (as of Feb. 2011) bloggers in the universe. I can't write that. So my mind starts to race and my palms get sweaty. How do you produce amazing, creative, and eloquent thoughts on demand?! It's the night before the link up and I can't think of a single creative thing to say. Any
OCD good blogger knows you can't just skip it. If I don't write a post, no one will click on my link. If no one clicks on my link, no one will read my blog! If no one reads my blog, no one will comment! NO ONE WILL FOLLOW!
So, I do what any other blogger would do in the same situation. I ask my dog.
Gidget rarely ever has the answer. I hate to say it, but really, she's just not that creative. Unless of course, she's walking on her two front legs or something. Mostly she just gives me that blank stare. You know, the one that means, "Think of it yourself, stupid."
Great. That means I have to ask Riley. I really try putting this off for as long as possible because, Riley always has the answer. To everything. He doesn't really know how blogging has changed me, but he sure knows how it has changed him.
"Well," he says, "I've gotten really good at photography. Also, I usually lose a couple pounds while waiting for my dinner to be photographed. And, my dependence on Gidget to keep me company in the evenings has increased."
But no, no that won't do at all. And so, I sit at my laptop, a complete and utter failure as a blogger. For, I never even thought of anything clever to say.
And, worst of all, I committed the ultimate blogging sin...
I published a post without a single picture.