by Madeline Laughs
Hats off to the admin that has taken it upon himself to gather this diverse group of creatives. He keeps us busy and accountable. I think you could compare his job to something akin to herding cats.
I sent requests for three blogging groups, was accepted by two and dropped one because no one was even doing anything in it. I stayed in this one though because it is active and the admin gives you goals.
I like goals.
I might not ever make any for myself as a blogger/writer, but I have realized that I enjoy them!
The first task was already in progress when I joined. It is a blog a day challenge. I have seen these numerous times before, but was always finding them long after they started and they wouldn’t let me play because I was tardy. *sad face* Not so in this group! I was encouraged to dive right in, so I did.
The request was to post a blog a day and to read everyone else’s posts too. You were required to comment and to share the other’s posts in some form of social media.
The first day I read everyone’s entries I was perplexed. Not all of them, but the majority were blogs for money. Some were blogs about tech stuff and only a few were even close to being like mine.
That was scary and I felt inadequate.
And maybe just a bit trite.
So I asked the group about it and they responded that variety was a great thing. I bet they never meant variety as in the way that I write though.
These were serious bloggers blogging in a technical world about money and technical savvy. I was not any of those things. In fact, as I muddled about trying to comment on some of the blogs where I had no earthly idea what they were talking about, I used my writing moniker and the link back to my own blog. I found out later that this is considered gauche.
Um, so sorry. I write as Madeline Laughs. I’m a real person and Madeline is actually my middle name. If anyone visiting this blog wanted to read something I wrote, this would be the most correct way for them to locate my articles.
Why on earth would anyone think I’m a bot?
Why is doing this unacceptable?
I thought that was just a bit harsh and unnecessary and…get this…not a rule I will be following.
I shared the blog posts from the blogging group that I liked in groups that I admin on Facebook. I even posted about doing this in the group, with a link to the fanpage on Facebook for this blog. Other than some of the other creative writers in the group besides myself, no one gave my post the time of day.
Two people Liked the fanpage though. *happy face* Yay!!
I am so grateful there are other writers in the group of my genre. Thank goodness for that! But they rarely post in the blog a day challenge, so finding them and participating with them outside of the group will be a challenge, but it’s one I’m working on.
The next task was to tag someone in the group that hadn’t blogged in a while. Being new to the group, but having already found someone I adored as a writer, I tagged her and she responded.
She’s getting her blog back online right now.
Now the group is hoping to talk about staying fit when your life is spent sitting at a computer. I haven’t worked on any ideas for this assignment yet, but I plan to get right on that.
I guess knowing that this experiment is turning out better than I expected makes me happy to have taken the leap and tried it. I can put up with being ignored by most of the other group members because I found the few that relate to me. So I’ll be sticking around a while.
I don’t mind being gauche because as long as I’m socially awkward it means I’m making an effort and not everyone can say that.
Whenever being quirky and different becomes a burden, ask yourself if you’d rather just be like everyone else. I mean, gee, it’s so much less pressure and no one will ever ask much from you. Why not go that easy route, you know? The safer choice? Who really wants to make waves that might change the world someday anyways?
*big, lopsided grin*
I bet your answer will surprise you.