Six months ago today, I wrote my Virgin Post, and the entity known as Herding Cats in Hammond River was born. I started my blog as a way of getting back into writing after a three-year hiatus, and as a motivational tool to help me achieve goals. One of those goals was to grow some of our own food…that happened. Another one was to become more self-sufficient, and stop buying so much “stuff” (that didn’t happen!). Here are some of the things I’ve learned in the last six months:
1. The blogging community is full of incredible people…I have lots of them on my Blogroll (check out He Said/She Said at right side). These folks are not only talented writers, but caring human beings who provide support to others, especially when times are tough. They are my biggest cheerleaders (and sometimes, toughest critics), and I’m so happy to have made their online acquaintances!
2. Having a blog is like having a child…it needs care and attention, and sometimes other family members get jealous! Like children, a blog is a product of its mother/father, who often reveal their deepest thoughts and feelings to the world. Bloggers are some of the bravest people out there.
3. I really love comments…they’re my “pay” for writing this blog…I do this as much for you as I do for myself! If you like (or don’t like) something, please take a second to let me know! I always respond to comments…I care what you think!
4. The number of people who subscribe to my blog is slowly increasing, but not fast enough for me…I want more! If you like my blog, please hit the “E-Mail Subscription” button…it’s under my mug shot, and says: “Sign me up!” You can also subscribe to the RSS feed (button to the right of the title).
5. Even though I’ve posted 115 times, I still don’t know what people are going to react to…it’s an interesting (and sometimes scary) process to hit the “publish” button and send your words out into cyberspace! I apologize (again) to anybody I’ve offended…
6. I seem to be incapable of writing short posts (less than 500 words). If I don’t have more than 500 words to contribute on a given day, I’d rather not bother. As a word lover, I feel that it’s my duty to spew out use as many interesting words as possible (properly and correctly spelled, of course, grammar fanatic that I am!).
7. I find that writing about different topics keeps me stimulated (wait, is that a squirrel over there?). I hope that my blog’s lack of focus “variety” is stimulating for my readers as well. I get a lot of my best blog ideas at night…
8. I endeavour not to waste my reader’s time (I recently read a blog post about the advantages of plastic cutlery over regular silverware – there’s two minutes of my life I’ll never get back). If I write about something silly, I guarantee it will at least be amusing!
9. In my Virgin Post, I stated, “I’m hoping that this blog will help keep me from procrastinating.” Ironically, I often use my blog as an excuse not to do other things, like laundry!
10. I’m grateful to my family for allowing me to tell strangers what they’ve been doing. Also, thanks to my resident photographers, Jim and Anna, for letting me use their pictures!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read these “musings of a matriarch.” I plan to keep this up as long as time/energy/enthusiasm permits!