Cat having worked
real very hard to get somewhere, now wondering where it is she really got
by artist Richard Stine
I started blogging because I like blogging. Writing’s a kind of lonely thing to do, and I liked the idea of demystifying the process…
I agree. But, good God, what have I gotten myself into?
About ten years ago, I had a humorous blog about suffering the humiliating slings and arrows of being back out in the dating world. The blog had all of 5 followers. I kept up with it for just a few months, but discovered after I shut it down that it had a pretty wide readership. Several people emailed asking me to keep going with it. I was certainly flattered, and glad I was giving a few kindred spirits a good laugh, but I didn’t feel I had anything more to say on the matter. Plus, I thought it was a bit unfair to the chumps I’d been out with. I didn’t use my name or theirs, but I worried someone would eventually find the blog and get their feelings hurt. So, I pulled the plug.
Fast forward seven years to the fall 2012. All things Social Media had completely overtaken just about everything in society. I embraced all of it: web sites, social media…all of it. Over time at work, I became known as the person who knew a few things about social media and was willing to learn more, so I ended up managing various social media platforms for work. It became part of my job description.
I was introduced to WordPress through our company’s web designer. Finding it pretty easy to use, and recalling that I had liked having a blog at one time, I launched this blog, by LRose. I published one post, and started drafts for several others, but between my demanding job and life suddenly falling down on my head, I quickly forgot I had launched by LRose.
A year later, I was no longer employed, thanks to the recession, but at least my other situation had stopped bashing me around. Looking for something to entertain in-between efforts to find a new job, I remembered I had started a blog. I published little bits of this and that, most of which I have since deleted, and went from 1 follower to 14.
Then I posted a long opinion piece about a TV show, and BAM! I had almost 200 hits in one day. Shortly thereafter I discovered WordPress Daily Prompts and even more followers started signing up…and that was that. I was hooked.
Almost three years later, I have 4 more blogs I manage, the most recent being the Occupy Daily Prompt, created with blogger Mr. Atheist. There are my two other personal blogs: Photography by LRose and by L.D. Rose (see my Blog Roll for links), and lastly, a blog I manage for work, again, because I know more than others at the office about these things. (more…)