Monday, February 27, 2012
It all started with the anorexics...
I began blogging around 2005, about the same time my dad was diagnosed with cancer--he elected not to treat it, but to start receiving hospice immediately and die in his own home. It was a process that lasted about seven weeks and left my head spinning. I was on Xanga, (probably should have been on Xanax, but that's another story for another day) just writing for myself, really, with no thought about anyone reading it. But a few folks did--and I made a couple of friends who have remained friends...one has even followed me to Blogger. Unfortunately, I made an off-hand (and humorous, I thought) remark that answered Xanga's question of the day, which was "What would you say if you found out your friend was anorexic?" My answer included phrases along the lines of "you go..." and "...thin mints...". From that moment on, I was persona non grata on Xanaga. So I escaped to Blogger.
< (This is my sister, Kiki. She feel sorry for me because I'm old and teach 8th grade, so she reads this blog out of guilt.)
And I started to get responses on my funnier posts. And my Mrs. Duffey posts? Were the $hit. But still no increase in readership and only a comment or two.
So, I started to do some research, and found the home decor bloggers. There are a zillion of them. They have about skeighty-eight hundred people following them. Some of them? Even make money. Heck yeah, I'll jump on that bandwagon!
I have five house remodels under my belt--I can hang with this crowd! That led to HOuse 'HO, which was my parody, sort of, of the home decor blogs. I didn't count on it being something that people read. And I certainly didn't count on finding some interesting women who have great ideas. And that leads me to now....
I am not ambitious by nature--I'm good to go with the flow. But my word for the year is "forward..." and that's where I want to go. (And now we're getting to the part I probably should have started with, but I tend to dwell on backstory.) What do I want from my blog?
To keep in touch with my Peeps
For me, blogging is a way to communicate with my friends and family all over North America. I'm not a big "phone" person, mainly because I forget to turn mine on. I call my mom and my kids, but I write to everyone else. I would hate for my blog to turn into something that doesn't sound like me--I think it has to be my voice coming through.
2. To make people feel something
Not every time I blog, of course, because sometimes I'm just showing photos of furniture or houses that I stalk, but at least once a week I'd like to post something that makes someone laugh or cry or think "is this woman insane?" Or all three. Maybe at the same time.
3. To gain at least one follower a week
...and lose 1 pound a week!
4. To keep track of what's going on
As DL and I transition out of "workin' for the man" mode and into our "Yee-Haw!" mode, I hope this blog will be a good platform for what we do, which is remodeling/renovation/rehab. We don't expect the blog to make money for us, but I think that the knowledge and information that's available on the internet, from all of these bloggy folks, will give us the inspiration to move forward with our "retirement." (It doesn't hurt to have a kick in the pants if we've been asked to show the photos from projects or renos, either!)
and 5. To be a part of a community
And I do love being a part of the community of home decor bloggers. I may not have the same goals--after all, they ARE younger!--but they have a great vibe that I am enjoying. Plus, they will inspire me to clean my house so that I can post photos. They may have to wait on that until I'm done grading papers.