Blogging for me has been like raising a child. First, it requires time and effort. There is a daily routine where quality time is spent caring, nurturing, and helping to develop character. Time spent reading is included in this package because, like the importance of reading to a child, reading other bloggers work helps to prompt a blog’s behavioural success. There are lessons in relationship building built in here as well. It doesn’t end there though. There must be encouragement to develop new skills, or in this case new posts, on a regular basis.
“Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.” Bruno Bettelhein
So, blog starts out like a baby. She won’t sleep when you want her to and she won’t wake when you want. What I mean here is that you go live with what you think is your best post, one that everyone will read, but it doesn’t inspire any action (she sleeps). However, you are surprised by a post that seem to draw people in like flies for a reason unknown to you, perhaps it’s a catchy title, keywords, great tags, feature images, or publicity on social media (she wakes). Regardless, it has its own ideas about when to sleep and when to wake.
Blog as a toddler and pre-schooler will show tremendous growth in intellect, social skills, and emotions. Following that, as a grade schooler blog will have a sense of personal power that grows from success in creativity and positive results from her efforts. Blog will have a confidence to meet writing challenges.
As blog continues to grow it can be like a teenage child that is wilful, unruly, and a challenge. He gets sent to his room. This represents you sitting down to write 30 rough pages about Barnaby only to end with 10 polished pages on Sally. W.T.F! This is an action similar to you throwing open that door to the teenager’s room to find it empty, the window is wide and the white sheet is knotted and blowing in the breeze. Where did Barnaby go, and who the hell is Sally? I find that’s what writing can be like. I sit down with an agenda and I get up with something completely different. Inspiration and the scratch of my pencil or the click of the keyboard have a life of their own.
Resistance to this can get messy, for me going with the flow produces better work. Now to be clear, I’m talking about writing and not parenting here. However, this would fall under the parenting category of listening to your children.
Over all, raising a blog child to this point has included many moments of pride, joy, and laughter. There has also been those moments of frustration and exasperation. A quote by Democritus sums it up nicely, “Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.”
“I think of a child’s minds as a blank book. During the first years of his life, much will be written on the pages. The quality of that writing will affect his life profoundly.” – Walt Disney
By Shari Marshall – 2017