I have been reading a bunch of blogs lately and do you know what I've discovered? There is a lot of blog fraud going on. There are actually people who write whole blogs that are completely fabricated. AND they get hits and followers in the THOUSANDS! Do you know how famous I could be as a blogger if I made this stuff up?? I could fill posts, and posts of drama and cliff hangers that would keep readers coming back for more. Oh yes I could. (of course, for the record, I could keep you coming back multiple times a day to look for updates if I told you the truths from my life too. For those of you that know me in real life, you know what I'm talking about....)
It's hard to strike a balance as a blogger. I am someone who freely tells it all to anyone who wants to know or cares to listen. But, now I have children who don't like all their anecdotes shared with the world. AND they have gotten savvy enough to check up on the blog periodically. So, so, so much good stuff I could share that would make you laugh till you cried, peed, snorted, or whatever your laughing overflow is. But the point is, kids are entitled to have their stories and their lives kept off the cyber highway.
I figure it all comes down to the writing. A good writer can find a cliff hanger in almost anything. A good writer can turn the dull and boring in to something that people feel they need to read about. A good writer can draw people back to a blog over and over again just because a reader connects with the words. That's the kind of blogger I want to be. I have often thought I want to know what it feels like to be a big time blogger, but now that I've been doing it for a few years? Not so much. The pressure to produce and keep readers clicking on my page would be way more than I'm willing to deal with. I don't need to fill a blog with drama, my real life has more than enough of that.
So, as part of my stripping I have dropped a bunch of blogs that I have previously followed. And I want to encourage you to make sure that if you're a blog reader, to follow good blogs. Don't fill your head with a bunch of other people's fake drama - you don't need it. Follow blogs that you have a connection with or of people that you KNOW are real and are sharing real life with you. It's easy to get sucked in - it happens to the best of us.
I suppose that leaves me with the challenge of making a little blog like mine interesting enough to keep you coming back. I have been thinking up different ways to make the boring and mundane, exciting and entertaining. Hmmmmm.... I could tell you about the time I made my own laundry detergent, or how my house is currently covered in caterpillars and every morning I try to save all my plants from being eaten by them. Oh I don't know. I suppose I could just tell you that I am a single mom and a stripper. Pass THAT along to your friends and see if they aren't intrigued...
Check back on Monday for a stripping update and a new weekly challenge. We are stripping our way to freedom friends. Don't give up!