It has been 2 months since I started this blog, and it is strange to think of not writing it. As a newbie blogger I am continually fascinated by the whole process. And as a trained psychologist and researcher I am even more amazed by the blogging phenomenon.
Bloggers correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t you say blogging feels like the most wonderfully random party you’ve ever attended?
Confused? Let me explain myself…
Imagine you hear about a party, a really big amazing party that has all kinds of talented people attending. Perhaps like the ones you think of when the press writes about Hollywood Hills soirees. But sadly your not invited to the party, or at least didn’t get a beautiful letter pressed invitation.
So instead you survey the party from afar (yes you are the total creeper in the bushes peering in the windows). You start thinking: Who are these people? What do they do for a living? Are they famous? Are they nice? They seem pretty nice. And man that food looks pretty good. Only nice people make food that looks like that, right?
So if you’re like me you try to sneak in the back door hoping no one will notice you weren’t there before. Hoping you blend in perfectly with the other guests. Just smile and nod for a while until you feel comfortable enough to start mingling. Success! You made it in, now what the heck do you do?
Well of course, if you’re like me, you go straight to the food table and start commenting on how good it all looks. “Oh that looks divine! My mouth is already watering! Will you share that recipe? Fabulous.” You realize some of these people are trained chefs and bakers, and some are everyday cooks like yourself. And they all make the most amazing and healthy food you have ever seen.
After taking in the food spread, you start surveying the diggs and commenting on the furniture, the photographs, the art work. Realizing that there are some crafty and stylish people here too! They can sew, knit, paint, construct a necklace out of old newspaper, and find a perfect vintage Channel bag from a consignment shop.
Then after you have surveyed your surroundings you find a comfy spot on the couch. As you’re munching on some appetizers, you overhear a woman talking about her lifelong struggle with body image. Whoa was this person reading your mind? And how is she able to be so honest? You peer over and see that she looks just like you, and there is a whole group of sincere listeners empathizing with what she’s saying. You hesitantly decide to chime in with what the group is talking about. And surprisingly they all smile back and widen the circle for you.
This is the amazing thing about this community – there is never ending openness to new people. Everyone has space to have their unique voice, display their passions and talents, while juggling their outside lives. If you are on the fence about starting a blog or doing something you’re passionate about, stop thinking about it and do it.
This quote from Hugh MacLeod sums it up for me, “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.”