I asked the cat earlier which of the blogs I follow is her favourite. She looked back at me lazily and muttered something about the fact that I don’t follow any cat blogs. I’m almost sure I heard the words ‘stupid dog person’ hiss between clenched teeth. I asked if it counted that I follow a few cat lovers’ blogs. Silence! So I took that as a no.
When I started blogging, just under 3 months ago, I thought the idea was to write something and then wait for someone to read what I had written. Basically, I thought it was just about me. That was, until I read a tip one day that advised that in order to be a good blogger, one must read other blogs. And lots of them.
The first blog I started following, besides my good friend teedeevee, was ShutterbugSage and each day I looked forward to seeing the daily posts of spectacular photos of an American mom and career woman. Since then I hooked up with a number of photo bloggers, some dogs and dogs and their owners. I have been enjoying following the activities and crafts of retirees and grans; catching up with the journey of a devoted husband and dad who includes gorgeous pictures of his island home; the experiences of a young man who has recently converted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; the beautiful poetry of a man just passin’ through; the useful tips of an iPad and iPhone fan; the trials and joys of a man half a world away who is mentoring a student here in South Africa; and one of my favourites – the philosophies of a wise Jewish man.
I also follow, with great interest and admiration, the stories of people who are picking up pieces of their shattered lives and trying to build something better out of, or despite, their tragic pasts; a woman’s constant battle with falling in and out of the deep, dark, abyss of depression; another woman’s recovery and brave come back from a dreadful disease.
These are just a few of the many blogs I follow, some of which make me me laugh out loud, some make me cry and others give me food for thought and introspection and give me a better understanding of human nature. I had it all wrong – the blogging experience isn’t about writing. It is – thanks to the generosity and effort of all different types of people from all over the world – about learning and being a part of their thoughts and feelings, pain, fears, insecurities, joys, excitement, accomplishments, passions, hopes and dreams. I feel privileged and grateful to be part of this community.
Now I’d better go find a cat blog or two because someone’s not talking to me.