With apologies to Forrest Gump – Blogging is like a box of chocolates. The best blogs are like a heart shaped box of varietal chocolates with each post holding a special sweet nugget inside. And just like a great big valentines box, not very post comes with a map. You have to take a bite and see if the first taste entices you to finish the entire piece.
Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I can’t let the day go by without a post about spreading the love of blogging. As with any writing done outside of the workplace, blogging is a labor of love. As with any great relationship, it requires ongoing commitment, has its ups and downs, and days of woe. And yet, if you can see your way through the tough times when inspiration wanes and there just doesn’t seem enough time in a day to spend even one minute doing this crazy non-paying endeavor, then the rewards do come.
The rewards are almost zen-like in savoring the moment, living for the present and taking it one blog post at a time. You can’t force a blog. It has to come. It’s like love. You can want it badly, but you generally have to put yourself out there to meet the right person. A blog is a way of presenting yourself on a regular basis, and even though it may not introduce to you to Mr. or Mrs. Right, it will help you get to know yourself better, meet some other interesting people, and encounter some thought-provoking ideas along the way.
Like true love, a blog has to have some chemistry. It could be in the form of humor, perspective, empathy, or as expression of joy or sorrow. But regardless of tone, it must resonate with truth, and heart-felt caring about the topic at hand.
Yes, a blog is like a Valentine. It’s my honor to be scheduled to post on Valentine’s Day. I had another topic chosen for this week, but as noted… blogs have a life of their own. If you listen to your inner blog voice, it will tell you know what needs to be written and when. Today, no other post would do except to address the love of blogging.
What do you love about it? How has it made you see life differently? Spread the love. Let us know.
With love to and appreciation for all readers,
Yours truly — Rhona