The best and worst parts of blogging are… many, varied, and oft unexpected.
The good – It’s super fun, gorgeously creative and a fantastic outlet/soapbox/place to bounce ideas and try new things
The bad – Getting it wrong means getting it badly wrong, and sometimes people get upset. How I mean in my head, and how it reads off their page can be two very different things.
The ugly – That moment when your friends start conversations with “Have you blogged yet? I need something to read” and you’re having writer’s block. Flattering, but pressured (and so a damn good exercise in Writing Anyway)
The bad- Unadvertised sponsored posts. And other forms of advertising.
The ugly – Too many great blogs, too little time. Which is why I’m so sleep-deprived all the time.
The good – Awesome, rockin’ feedback, support, encouragement and getting to know other bloggers through comments here and on their blogs.
The bad – Throwaway comments or insincere ones. Why bother?
The ugly – No comments at all! Hellooooooo self-doubt.
The good – Awesome, rockin’ people to get to know and begin to cherish.
The bad -You’re all SO far away!
The ugly – Nope, there’s only good here.
The good – Joining in is super fun and hosting your own is amazing.
The bad – Hosting your own is a lot of work.
The ugly – Co-hosts on the email because you’ve forgotten to send them the codes in a timely manner. Again.
The good – Branching out into new areas of writing, of personal growth and of purpose.
The bad – Getting too into it and trying to find a readable balance between Stuff About Me (seems well received), New Types of Writing (well received, as long as no-one knows it’s fiction from the offset) and Soapboxing (I may be turning into an infertility bore. It may already have happened!)
The ugly – The reason I’ve developed in a particular direction.
Dear Mr Balloon Man
When Niece and Neff waited 5 minutes in line for a twisty balloon animal and you told us all that you were ‘on your last one now’, we took you at your word and went away. Ten minutes later you were *still* going, so we rejoined the queue. Then saw us and said again that you were ‘on your last one now’, just before their turn.
Then I called you on it and you were rude. They were totally crushed. And I am mad at you.
You suck, mmkay?
I have a GLORIOUS NEW BUTTON.
And a button page where you can see whose blogs I adore and follow and would love if more people read just to get a flavour of that awesomeness.
It was my birthday and I got to drive a steam train. It was the most amazing birthday ever and totally made me not mind being 30.
My post earlier this week ‘I am the face‘ was really, REALLY well received both here and as part of the Yeah Write challenge, and I got picked by the editors *and* made the top five. All very exciting and my first time placing on the leader-board. I am so pleased and honoured to be chosen for these – a very special kind of recognition for a deeply personal, hugely-want-to-get-it-out-there kind of post.
Thanks again Clark, for a lovely interview yesterday.
Join us tomorrow for the weekend-long blog hop, to share your gratitude, your joy, your happinesses, and to see what Good Things other people are enjoying.
And also, why Rich Rumple completely screwed me over, and who I want to be in ‘my gang’.
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