May 06, 2012

Reflections: Am I A Writer Or A Blogger?

Post 26 times in 30 days you say?  Yes, I am that crazy person,{we crazy people roll in packs of roughly 1900 people or so} and yes I did post 27 times in 30 days.  Not at all well.  Not at all entertaining.  But this blog has never really been about appealing to the masses, to be frank; it's all about me and what goes through my crazy brain.  The A-Z Challenge didn't frighten me in the least.  It wouldn't be the first time I've compromised the integrity of this blog with half-assed-ness.  I can pretty much write about anything; not often am I at a loss for ideas.  Never said they were good ideas, but I digress.  It's an exercise in stamina and discovery.  The scariest part of the Challenge for me was the time management.

They  {"they" of course being Google} says it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  So after 26 days of consecutive posts I thought I might find some semblance of a 'groove' for writing time.  I desperately needed to find some balance between my work, my family, social media and my blog.  Blog and social media are clumped together, which in turn is detrimental to my writing.  But my thought process concerning the challenge is that I would make a habit of writing at the same time everyday and boom, new habit.  Not so much.

I was a hot mess.  I was blogging in the morning, noon, night and WAAAY too late at night.  It was so erratic it was alarming.  The unpredictability never ceased and here I am, same place, same blog, what still feels like no time to write; still searching for balance.  The older, wiser and more beautiful I get, I believe life can never be balanced; it will always teeter too far in one direction or another.  But if we can help ourselves just balance enough from falling and still be able to see the other side, therein lies the key.

Naturally I did learn a little something, I can write.  It won't always be Pulitzer material, or funny, or even intelligible; but I can sit down and form words into sentences and write when I need to.  I don't have to lean on the excuse, "I can only write when I'm feeling creative".  When you don't have the option to write whether you feel creative or not, you will.  And that friends, is what makes you a writer instead of a blogger.

Oh that was your glittery-angels-singing-from-the-heavens-moment, by the way.  Okay my moment.

Thanks to the A-Z Challenge, all the new friends and followers, all the lovely blogs I read, everyone who read and supported my journey and my smokin' hot A-Z Challenge posse!  I AM still alive!


So friends, are you a writer or a blogger?  Is there a difference?

Just in case you stopped following me last month OR are remotely interested here's a quick run-down of the fan faves of the challenge:

Most pageviews #1: "Z": To "I Wish I Didn't Have Asperger's"
Most pageviews #2: "O": Oh My Gosh, I'm Giving Birth!
Most comments: "A": And So It Begins
Most Re-Tweets: "M": Ode To the Mullet
Most emails: "E": Everything Will Be Okay
Most Facebook shares: "K": Kiss My Grits and Bless Your Heart (really?)
My favorite: I think y'all got it right up there, but I did love this one "F": Finish It




42 comments:

  1. Being a little off balance - at least sometimes is what leads to good things happening. Learning about what you are - what you love - and what you can let go of. I think you are both... a writer and blogger. And a good one.

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    1. "Learning about what you are - what you love - and what you can let go of."

      I love, love, love that, especially the letting go part. To find some balance we have to let go of something to carry something else, otherwise we are just weighted down. Well you're an awesome writer, blogger and killer photographer, my friend.

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  2. I've always been under the impression that you are a stellar writer. When I first discovered this bubble gum on my shoe, I knew I wanted it to stay there. You've got talent. I'm sure Randy Jackson and J-Lo will have only high praises for you on Blogging Idol. I never really realized the difference between a writer and a blogger until now, I guess :). Oh, but you are both... and so much more...

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    1. Does that mean I'm blogerrific? Ha, couldn't resist. I also think J-Lo and Randy should not be allowed to judge blogging idol. And if Seacrest is involved I voluntarily pull my name out of the competition; that dude gets under my skin. The Pioneer Woman might make a good judge though! Or you and I;)

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  3. ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ Hallelujah! ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬

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  4. So sad I had to wait til May to find your blog...looks like you were on fire in April! Loved the mullet post - I practically did a spit-take of coffee across my keyboard.

    I too was looking for a balance, hoping for a stronger writer "platform", trying to make blogging daily seem effortless on top of all my other daily delusions. Did I say delusions? Goals! I want goals.

    It was a time-suck, but it was a fun time-suck. I'm glad to be in league with 2000-some-odd crazy, creative people like you!

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    1. Spit-take you say? That reaction is pretty par for the course here on BGOMS. My work here is done.

      Well, although we did just find each others blogs, I'm glad we did at least. I just adored yours, glad I am not the only one with daily delusions.

      Not sure if I was on fire or sending smoke signals.

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  5. You did a great job on A to Z and I've always considered you to be a writer and a blogger as I consider myself to be. Another distinction I think has to do with whether you are compensated and I'm not talking about diaper coupons. Anyway, love your blog and your work and Ode to the Mullet should be top everything (after Asbergers, of course). Not sure what's wrong with your readers.

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    1. Well it was pretty close, Mullet's numbers were still considerable. Still no Dogtopus, but there will never be another Dogtopus.

      Good point about the compensation. What? Getting paid with free samples of tampax and pedia-sure isn't getting paid?

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  6. it was a great month! congrats on making it all the way through

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  7. Congrats ! Loved all your posts, but the Z was my absolute fav :) :)!! Ended with a BANG !! Know how tough it is since I did it too and now am too exhausted to even write the follow up post but you did !Yay !!! I like your writing style!

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    1. Congrats to you too! You did it! You get special props because you kept up on vacation! And "Z" was special to me too.

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  8. i think of myself as neither, really. more of a storyteller. :)

    blogger or writer, either way, i enjoy(ed) your articles!

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    1. Thanks! I like that, a storyteller. You do it well too!

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  9. If it were up to me you'd get a Pulitzer prize ALL.THE.TIME! Congrats on finishing the A-Z Challenge!!! Whooo-hooooo!!! :D

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    1. Who needs a stinkin' Pulitzer with comments like that? NOT ME!!! Thanks for all your support to;)

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  10. I am forced to write everyday (for work) whether I feel creative or not. I agree with you, I'm a stinkin writer! LOL.

    I can't believe you got thru all 26 letters with good, legitimate posts. I think I would have just posted a pic or a quote for half of em. I know:total slacker!

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    1. Define legitimate. Trust me, I thought about it. But digging through my photo archives was more time consuming than just writing the darn post. So really, I am a slacker in a weird way too.

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  11. Loved this! I have had a similar revelation. I, too, am a writer...through blogging recently, I've learned that I can't not write. Actually that my own brand of off-balance was likely due to the fact that I've been fighting it for so many years.

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    1. Oh, that's great. I don't fight it and crazy crap comes out. Maybe I should fight it more?

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  12. I'm a writer! I've written, off and on, for 30 years. Blogging is just the latest venue. But yep, not everything we write is gold, or even bronze. I sure enjoyed reading your work, though, and will stay in touch. :-) Great post.

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    1. Ditto! Now that I'm out of my blog coma I can catch up on your blog too;) Glad I found you through the challenge!

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  13. I basically disappeared from the Internet but coincidentally I read all those posts and thought they were great! I highly doubt that you produced less than stellar writing

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    1. Well that is sweet. I disappeared for a while too, that is refreshing sometimes.

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  14. Actually, Cari, I think your posts over the last 30 days have been very entertaining, very interesting - and you're definitely getting more beautiful! x

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    1. Thanks Scarlett! It was an adventure and my gray hairs thank you.

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  15. I too thought this challenge would spur me into writing more on my blog, but Google obviously got it wrong because it was very easy to disappear, although a sick computer kinda helped with that, so now I have to work my way back up to the status I require! I like what you have written so am now a follower

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    1. Welcome to crazy town. Sick computer really puts a kink in stuff doesn't it. Good luck! I don't think I'll ever write as much as I need to, but I will always try.

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  16. I've loved reading your blog. I think the ability to write about anything shows your skills as a writer. Sometimes it's in the manipulation of the words, not always the ideas behind them, where writers shine (although I loved your ideas as well).

    Life is never in balance, it's the order of the universe. Entropy is always increasing.

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    1. Thanks lovely. Well I must say you did an amazing job as well. Glad to have found your blog. And I agree, if you can make the ordinary entertaining, job well done. That is why writing about food is so hard...for me, not you;)

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  17. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with reflections post!

    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. I have some mad respect for the bloggers that visited every blog, that is a lot. I too am trying to visit all the reflection posts. Thanks for stopping at mine.

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  18. Reflection is a good thing, You have done a great job on the A to Z Challenge...
    Hopefully you were able to use one of my banners/badges for the Challenge, had as much fun designing them as seeing them around the blog world.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    My New Book:
    Retro-Zombie: Art and Words

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    1. Jeremy, ahem, yes, I did. And thanks for your A-Z awesomeness and graphic awesomeness.

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  19. Congratulations on surviving the Challenge :) It'll be nice to see your new habit develop, give it some time!

    English Speaking Zone

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    1. Well thanks! Yes, that will be nice to see...I'm waiting for that to happen, lol.

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  20. There's a 'Kreativ Blogger' award waiting for you on my blog- see 'Gracious Acceptance Post,' hope you like it! :-)

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  21. "if we can help ourselves just balance enough from falling and still be able to see the other side, therein lies the key."

    I've always considered myself extremely OFF balance, but I guess as long as I'm still standing, I must be doing something right. The A to Z Challenge was a great way for this newb to dive into blogging --- I found my voice, made new friends, & discovered, as you pointed out, that I can actually produce material (of some nature) daily. That's big. I also found out that I enjoy blogging more than writing because it's more "fun", but I still like the difficulty of the writing process otherwise. So I guess I'm both, depending on the time of day & what project is at my fingertips.

    Regardless, I'm so grateful you pushed me into the waters. You knew I could swim when I was still standing on the steps, holding on to the pole, too scared to dip a toe into the waters. Thank you, my friend. I owe you!

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