Therefore, the “official rules” follow thusly:
♥ Thank the person who nominated you.
♥ Leave a link to their page.
♥ Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips.
♥ Nominate 15 other bloggers
♥ Notify your nominees by email or comment
I shall ignore some of them. The great thing about having your own blog is you get to make up your own policies as you go, and in general my policy is to not tag people on weekdays. So there you go.
And now, the story of how I started blogging, but different.
It is very easy to be jealous of R.R. I certainly was. The various phases he went through were insane, and usually very intellectual. I can’t remember them in chronological order, but… He wanted to be a Bohemian, at one point, and eat in cafés and live his life as a vagabond. He really liked Romans and would argue with me to no end about whether Greeks or Romans were better. I seem to recall there was a brief Victorian England phase, a Gothic phase, and there was the Faraday obsession that came with Fringe, and there was some other posh thing that resulted in stories like “The Mystery of Malden Island,” that sort of thing.
He’s also a crazy good writer, by the way, which is why it is no surprise that I liked to read his blog, An Infinite Mind.
He wrote about history and life and Halloween one time—stuff that suited him, and I was a little jealous. I wanted to write like that. I wanted to have my blog followed by all my friends, and be totally awesome in all the ways.
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I wanted to blog like him, and that didn’t work. And now I blog like me, and that works better.
By now I have realized that it is silly to be jealous of R.R., because as fantastic as he is, and as similar as we are (sometimes), we have vastly different skills. We even say it in our bio over there—he’s the deep and I’m the wide. I like to go from thing to thing to thing to thing to thing; I’m the one who really participates in the social aspects and I like to jump around with lots of fingers in lots of pies. He, on the other hand, is more consistent, very thoroughly examining his topics and often going to a higher level by the time you reach the end of his posts.
It’s crazy, and I love it, because we are both ourselves while we work together. And that’s the thing—as soon as I started working towards my own success, rather than someone else’s, blogging became a lot more fruitful for me.
Don’t be jealous of other people’s blogs, first of all, and especially not followers and not voice. No one is stealing followers from you, for one thing, and you have a perfectly good voice of your own that’s worth the time to craft for yourself.
Also, if you see that something is up and you don’t like it, then figure out what it is and change it. If you don’t have enough followers, go hunt them down. If you think your voice too dry, see what others do to liven theirs up!
And if you wanna blog, go ahead and blog. Just know that the reason you blog matters just as much as the fact that you are blogging.
Again, thanks to Victoria for tagging me, and even though I am not tagging anybody, if you have a great blogging story to share, zero blogging police will come and get you. Promise.