One of my favourite bloggers, Schmutzie at http://www.schmutzie.com/, has boldly seized the power and unilaterally declared this to be MetaBlogging week. Schmutzie is an awesome veteran blogger, and is so dang serious about this metablogging thing she even created a button for it (see above).
Metablogging is blogging about blogging. Okay, say that five times fast... No, really, do it. I'll wait...
Okay we're back. Metablogging is when a blogger writes about their blogging experience.
Sometimes when bloggers write about their writing experiences I identify and empathize and it puts me into a state of wonderment. And sometimes they are just whiners who annoy the crap out of me. Not sure yet what triggers what reaction.
I started this blog last summer, though have been writing forever; a journal and stories when I was a kid; school newspapers and studying journalism later on. After school, back to journals and stories.
Some of my posts are fast and furious, others laboured over for hours and days. Some are crafted so carefully word by word, others more impulsive and instinctive. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes not so much. Sometimes there are things in the news I am dying to write about and don't because not sure what I could add to the conversation (okay... Mel Gibson, you are an asshole). Sometimes I am sharing lighthearted stuff like our wedding album or pics of the cutest dog ever (Alfredo!), sometimes there are more personal things that are bursting to get out and either am not sure how or not ready to put in out there in the world as of yet. I will get where I am supposed to go.
Reading and writing have always been my escape, the quiet time that both lets me reflect and re-energizes me. Blogging has been all that and, to my surprise, it has been different and more. There is this whole community out there that welcomes and supports and challenges and role models and gives love and gives sass and I now feel a part of it. And it feels part of me --- this is now part of my life and part of who I am. That being said, I both worry about and embrace the public forum of it.
I am learning new things and thinking about new worlds from fellow gay bloggers and fellow Canadian bloggers and fellow pet-obsessed bloggers... and mommy bloggers and lesbian bloggers and truck drivers' wives bloggers and coffee-obsessed bloggers and so many more.
Though it sounds like a cliche, it is true; the "blogosphere" (ooh, cool, we get to make up words!) has opened up new worlds for me.
And, holy crap, people are reading my stuff. And thinking about it, and commenting... weird planet, people!
But, hey, millions of people watch The Bachelor, so we know this is a fucked up world! Here's other metablogs in response to Schmutzie: