This week I’m choosing Prompt 3: List five things you would do different if you started blogging today. And believe me when I tell you that this is a subject I’ve actually thought about more often than I should.
So let’s step into The Way Back machine and see what I would have done differently on my blogging journey…
- I would choose WordPress instead of Blogger. Ah, WordPress … home of threaded comments, flexible templates, built-in statistics and more powerful editing software. (And I bet they send their bloggers chocolates on their birthdays!) How many times I’ve wished that I started with you. But I’m here … somewhat well-established … on Blogger. And, honestly, I’m lazy and I don’t have the time (or the technical skills) to make the switch. But some day, I WILL make the move.
- I would choose a URL that was related to my actual blog name. Honestly, when I started this little blog, I expected it to last maybe a week or two tops (like most of my creative projects and endeavors). I never thought anyone would actually read my blathering (other than a few friends I harassed). So I put little or no thought into my URL (http://lifewithbooks.com! BLECH!) and now I’m saddled with that name until I decide to finally commit to this blog and perhaps buy my own domain. Do you think I should commit … finally … and get my own domain for this blog AND move it over to WordPress? I probably should … and will. One day. (I think the fact that I’ve been blogging for 1.5 years now means I’m probably not a fly-by-night blogger like I thought I’d be.)
- I would build a time machine and go back to the beginning of Land of Blog … when bloggers weren’t a dime a dozen but pioneers and trailblazers and thought of gimmicks like … oh, I don’t know … cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and then getting noticed by huge media outlets and then scoring a book deal that led to a movie getting made about your book and blogging experience.* In other words, I wish I’d gotten in at the ground floor when I could have had a chance at getting noticed and somehow been able to turn this hobby that I love into a career and a profession that maybe would result in some money. But now I’m a little tiny drop in a giant bucket o’ bloggers, and my chances of turning this hobby into something other than a hobby are slim to none.
- I would win the lottery so I could hire people to clean my house so I could blog guilt-free while the Little One was at school. I really do try to fit my blogging into the small amount of free time I have between when the Little One goes to bed and I go to bed … but that just isn’t enough time (plus these books aren’t going to read themselves)!!! So, I feel compelled to sneak in blogging time when I really should be doing housework. And although I’ve gotten more efficient in my blogging over the past year, I always wish I had just an hour or two more a day that I could devote to this most addictive and time-consuming of hobbies. (By the way, if my lovely readers paid for someone to clean my house, I could pay you back with daily posts. But I’m not that amusing, am I? Yeah … I thought not.)
- I would have lived a more interesting life so I had unlimited blog fodder. I only have so much material left that I can spin into comic gold (if I may be so bold and immodest). I mean, I’m already plundering my childhood diary (and yes … I know I owe another entry concerning my twin discovery of Jesus and masturbation … it is coming sometime next week), and I already told you about the time I pooped my pants (and not as a baby). If only I had done more amazing and exciting things so I never run out of material to write about … if only my family had sailed around the the world in a wooden boat we built ourselves or I’d fallen down a well and discovered a path to the center of the earth or if I’d been part of circus family.
But, in all seriousness, I probably really only regret the first and seconds ones (well, OK, the third one too … why didn’t I blog sooner and come up with an awesome gimmick???!?). Blogging has been so rewarding to me. Not only does it feed my need to be creative, but it has rewarded me with a network of wonderful and supportive people (that would be you) who have really enhanced my life and made me feel good about myself. So, I’ll keep blogging along until the well runs dry and it isn’t fun anymore, and I thank you for being a part of that journey for whatever part of it you want to join. And I hope your own blogging experience is as fulfilling and fun as mine has been.
Surprising myself with my sentimentality and mushiness,
* You know I’m talking about Julie & Julia here, right? The book written by a blogger that got made into a movie?