Saturday, February 23, 2008
I've only had this blog for about a year and a half, but I've learned a lot. One thing I've noticed is that if people don't blog, they really don't understand it. I've been a stay-at-home mom for almost 8 years and blogging became a way for me to connect with adults while still being able to be at home at watch the kids. At first, I visited other blogs. Actually, I did that for about a year before it dawned on my to do more than post a comment here and there. The next dilemma I had was what kind of blog to put up. This fantasy site wasn't my first. I put one up that was oriented toward comparing different news outlets--newspapers, print, TV -- and comparing the various biases that I saw in each one. But that blog was a lot of friggin' work! Especially if I was looking at the daily news. Plus, I had no traffic right away and that was too discouraging for a job that didn't pay. So then I threw this blog up. The Fantasy & Sci-fi Lovin' thing wasn't actually intended to be a permanent name. But like a lot of stuff we do purely for the enjoyment of it, I had visitors here sooner than expected. So I kept the name. And I've enjoyed it a lot. I can't always think of topics to post and some days I put up video as filler, but mostly it's fun. But then I started telling family and friends that I had a blog and boy, I couldn't believe the looks I got. You'd have thought I grew a second head. And I can't say I really "get" the reactions I get. I mean, what's the big deal about a blog? Why is it looked at as an oddity? Though I must say, ever since I started getting books from publishers for reviews, my blogging has gained some legitimacy as far as my family is concerned. It's like they think now, oh it's like a real job, or she's actually doing something. *shrug* But we have kind of created our own culture haven't we? The way I see it, this is a normal evolution. We don't live in a world where people really socialize with their neighbors anymore. At least my neighborhood doesn't have any block parties. And I don't feel safe letting my kids run up and down the street unsupervised so much of my life is spent driving my kids to and fro. So, if I want any kind of social life, I don't have that many options-- unless I want to join the crochet group at our local Borders. So tell me, have you become the resident weirdos in your family for having a blog? I hope not. I'd like to think more and more people are going to "get" blogging. Maybe I'll meet another real live person who blogs. I'd like that.