Monday, September 13, 2010

I think I'll start a blog

For the past few months, I've been giving a lot of thought to creating a blog. I've teetered daily between yes, no, maybe, why, why not.

As my family and friends already know, I've recently become quite addicted to reading The Pioneer Woman's blog. She and I have so much in common: we both love to cook, we love photography, we both have red hair (no comments from the peanut gallery about the red hair), and both married a dreamboat.

So, as I was teetering, I saw PW's recent post, "Ten Important Things I've Learned About Blogging."

The number one thing that she has learned, she writes, is, "Write in your own voice. Write as if you’re talking to your sister. Unless you don’t get along with your sister. Or don’t have a sister."

Today, I'm jumping off the fence. I'm taking her advice to heart. And since I do have a sister, and we do get along very well, here's my posting debut:

     Me to my sister: "I'm thinking about starting a blog."

     Sister: "Huh.What's a blog?"

     Me: "Well, it's a kind of web site, except that a person creates entries about opinions, their daily life, cooking, hobbies. etc."

     Sister: "Why would you want to do that? Don't you already have enough to do?"

     Me: "Yes, but since I'm still in the ranks of the unemployed, I thought it would be a good way for me to practice writing, know, keep my skills up-to-date."

     Sister: "Huh. Do you ever see any of the people you used to work with? What was that woman's name....?"

     Me: "No, I don't see anyone, but I'm friends with a few on FaceBook."

     Sister: "Oh, really! Who?"

     Me: "Never mind that. What do you think?"

     Sister: "About what?"

     Me: "Me starting a blog."

     Sister: "What would you write about? You wouldn't write about me, would you?"

     Me: "Oh, no! Never! I'm just going to leave the theme open and go where it takes me. One day cooking, another day something that's happened to me. And since I'm alone most of the day, it will also be a way for me to talk to someone else....share something I've discovered or learned. I'm hoping that along the way, I'll begin to see a pattern and know where I need to go with it."

     Sister: "Huh. Well, if that's what you want to do, go for it. Just as long as you don't write about me. You really don't see anybody from your old job? Now, what was that woman's name? Seems like she had children..."

So, yes, I'll try to be a blogger, at least for a while. Maybe I won't even publish it. Maybe it'll be just for me.

But if I do publish it, please don't tell my sister.

My sister (l) and me in Quito, Ecuador.