No, not a magnet as in John Magnet Bell (who is pretty awesome BTW), but more like seeing a car wreck and you can’t help being drawn to it. You feel compelled to look hoping it won’t be a big mess but it seems to be the same thing every time you look…..
I am somewhat reluctant to post about how things are going to change around here because most of the time the changes are so subtle it might elicit a yawn at best. But I will get into that a little bit later.
My confession? I truly am the ‘just show up’ guy; in fact, I’m pretty good at it. If there is an easier way to do something (work included) that doesn’t require heavy lifting, then I’m all for it; and I want it to be fun too.
If I show up at the beach without lotion, chairs, food or drink or even a change of clothes (which I am prone to do all of that) then I’ll figure it out when I get there or just live with it.
Sounds like a slacker to me…….
My blog is pretty much a ‘just show up’ effort too, but I’m preaching to the choir now as if you couldn’t tell. Would you think less of me if I told you I would be ok if 1,000+ showed up each post regardless of what dribble I put out? And of course at those numbers there would be much less time for tit for tat engagement, but it sure would save some time on my part, huh?
I’m not joking; we all know those who have ‘achieved’ enough social street cred to be able to do this. I won’t lie; I’m envious and want to do it too.
That sounds like you want it to be all about you……….lovely, Dorman…….
Get to the point
I recently read two posts that gave me an ‘aha’ moment and how it ties in with my direction.
To copy a line from my friend @TheJackB’s post Bloggers Are People Who Don’t Like to Work (which the ‘no work’ immediately got my attention) ‘And then I hear a male voice behind me say something about bloggers being people who don’t like to work, are narcissistic and a host of other disparaging remarks.
This is somewhat out of context with his whole post, but my point being ‘am I narcissistic’, if so, so what, and aren’t we all to a certain degree?
The other was my friend Allie Irish @AllieRambles and a comment she made while as the featured blogger by Sonia @LogAllot. She says ‘ I find it difficult to be unique enough to get traffic to stick around’.
Don’t we all? It definitely takes a lot of hard work and purposeful planning so, for the ‘just show up’ guy; Houston, we have a problem…….
Zzzzzz….wrap it up please…….
I think I want to either be a movie star, professional athlete or novelist. I flipped a coin and novelist won so by default, that is my new direction.
I only mention this because if I am serious, it will take a certain amount of structure and planning but also ‘cut’ into my social time. If I don’t get to your place as much, just know I still ‘see’ you. And if you don’t make it by here because I’m not giving back enough I will certainly understand.
I view this endeavor as similar to planning and training for the marathon I ran. Because I had laid the proper groundwork and stuck to my schedule, I far exceeded my expectations. My expectation for this is to just finish it; if I get more than one person to read this novel, that will be a bonus.
So, there it is
Change, but not really. I will be as social as I can because I am a social critter, but it might be a little more sporadic going forward.
Wish me luck; that.is.all.