Why BLOGGING Is A MARVEL and Your Mother Is Wrong

Remember back in the stone age of social media- like around 2010?

 

 

I had heard about this thing called a ‘Blog’ and was led to believe, after looking at a few, that all one had to do was purchase a (dot)com domain, snap a few pic’s and share omnipotence.

 

Easy… I’m in. I’ve got chutzpah omnipotence.

 

Off I went out into the garden, iphone in hand, snapsnapsnap, these are delphiniums.

 

Off I went into the kitchen, spoon in hand, snapsnapsnap, this is a cookie.

 

Edit post. Make it seem like NOT just another cookie. Press publish, and…

 

cricketscricketscrickets

 

WTF?

 

So, after a bit more investigating, joining in a few like-minded blogging groups, reading, commenting and sharing a few other’s blog posts, and overwhelming the internet with my shizz on a daily basis (Because- duh, more was better right?) I graduated from a Freshman wet-behind-the-ears and desperate to be heard, to a Sophomore with attitude (after I let my twin out of the car trunk to help me find my ‘voice’), to a Junior with confidence, to a Senior who has found her groove and posted less (Because- duh, quality over quantity).

 

Along the way I have created wonderful relationships with so many other bloggers and book writers and restauranteurs and shopkeepers that there isn’t enough space to mention them all- you know who you are.

 

But the most surprising relationships that this little ‘ole blog has created are among READERS. You know- just the run of the mill hard working, have crazy relations, I’ve lost my keys and the dog has shit on the good rug- kind of run-of-the-mill people.

 

The US in all of us.

 

Now, please imagine my mind being blown when, sipping cognac with my daughter in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris and posting selfies to Instagram like good Americans, I received a Facebook private message *ding* from a long time European reader who was only three Metro stops away and pleaded her case with “Please let me come. I want to meet you. You are important to me.”

 

Well… ‘The World has finally balanced’ came to mind, but instead I caught my breath, fake-lamented with my daughter that ‘fans’ joining us for cocktails was the price of having a celebrity parent (Insert: Daughter’s eye roll and a whispered acknowledgment in the form of a smirky “Right”) and had the pleasure, in short order, of my dear dear Petra- beautiful, brilliant, and better in every way then I could have imagined.

 

So, the next time your mother comments on that thing you do on “Email” (Good God) and suggests after a four word read on a two year old post that you may have a personality disorder and your sentence structure is lacking I want all of us bloggers to remember what makes this often times thankless craft splendid and thought provoking and worthwhile…

 

Marvelous READERS and all they bring to our quills.

 

Thank you Petra. You are my heart.

 

 

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Postscript: As if THIS wasn’t amazing enough, the same thing happened in London with another reader!

It’s a small bloggy world people and I plan on blogging it up!

 




  • Myke Todd - I would trip out if someone in the next county over was to recognize me.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Your posts are always so fabulous! I adore them! You have always been a celebrity to all of us bloggers…………..nothing new here for us.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! If only that were true but I’m going to choose to stroke that sentiment for all it’s worth because it come from you my dear Guru! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Get out of Town! That is really very cool! I take it back, it is very very very Cool!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes, and a dozen more readers that have happened upon New Orleans! I’ve agreed to meet every one of them and it has been such a joy! SO cool is right!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - How fun meeting your readers in exotic parts of the world. It’s amazing to find out who is reading and creating your own celebrity.ReplyCancel

  • sue - I love your take on writing and having a blog. I am still stunned that people actually want to read what I write – little old ordinary me! I have been blogging about 18 months and my favourite part are the readers and the friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is a shock even though it’s the result we all hope for- when it happens…wow! I LOVE your blog btw! Your advice always helps keep my sizzle in tact. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - How much fun is that! And I am not in the least surprised!
    P.S. when you visit Edmonton, Alberta, can I come and meet you? Please? Pleeeease?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - how lovely! and aren’t you lucky! Of course, you’ll see me at some point, right?ReplyCancel

  • Alana Mautone - It happened to me in Charleston, SC. Not exactly like yours, but she gave me directions to a place we couldn’t find on a previous visit to Charleston, and ended up meeting me at a Civil War reenactment – with her son and her mother, an amazing woman who just turned 91. I’ll treasure that.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - What a wonderful adventure. Of course, you had to meet her and the London fan. Spread the joy around. I cannot believe how many people I’ve connected with over the years. Blog on!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - I’ve loved meeting up with social media friends and other bloggers during our travels or when they pass through Philly, our hometown. I always thought of myself as reserved, but it turns out that apparently, I’m not. My husband (not a blogger, not on social media) is known as Mr. Excitement on my blog. One day, he came home from an errand after having been quite astonished when someone came up to him on the street and asked if he was Mr. Excitement.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s fabulous!!!! My husband has a middle aged male friend that recently told him that he looks forward to my posts in his in-box, that they make his day. My husband had no idea and was amazed. HahhaaaaReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - Hi Cheryl! What a great tribute and affirmation of your work. Thank you for sharing that bit with us all and reminding us of why we do what we do. I recently had a person I thought pretty well degrade the “blogging life” and while I knew better than argue, it did make me a bit sad. Your words remind me that we usually never know the people we touch but even then, we must remember they are out there. You were just lucky to have met some of them. ~KathyReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - It always amazes me to run into people who know exactly what I’ve been up to because they read my blog. Yes, those are the people who make all the hard work so rewarding.ReplyCancel

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