HOW YOU DO IT WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT
The other day I wrote that in the life of every blogger there are many times when you just don’t want to sit down and bang another one out. But once you have committed yourself to this job, this world, your present readers and hopefully future readers you have to be disciplined. You have to show up when you would rather turn on the TV or go to sleep.
Now I have committed myself to writing this series on blogging until I finish it. I am blogging each day instead of every other. I am seeing and feeling a certain energy build up. New readers are appearing, new commenter’s are commenting, many new people are signing up.
So for me to drop the ball would be basically shooting myself in the foot and not following through on what I have worked so hard for the last two and a half years to create.
Now I tell you this as it’s an in the moment thing.
This is what we all feel at times and since no one is paying me to do this (I actually have a day job) I have to do it at night, I don’t actually have to blog.
But I do.
And I am.
So far it’s boring, I know that, but I’m heading in a direction so stay with me.
Tonight I went to a lecture with a friend and my youngest daughter given by Lisa Immordino Vreeland on her grandmother in law, the late Diana Vreeland; who for those of you who don’t know was not only the editor of Vogue for many years, way before Devil Wears Prada: But for many decades she was the style setter in America.
She was and remains a legend. It was a fascinating lecture.
Ms. Immordino Vreeland takes you into the many worlds of Diana Vreeland and has written a wonderful book called The Eye Has To Travel and is about to come out with what sounds like a must see documentary with the same name.
I planned the evening so I could meet my husband for a quiet dinner as Lucy was having dinner with our friend Jane.
Great lecture, much to ponder, quiet dinner with husband, full day behind me, do you think I want to come home and bang the keys?
In fact I kept thinking on and off during the lecture – Christ I have to go home and blog about blogging. I promised and all these nice people signed up today, but do they really need to hear from me?”
Then I would get drawn back into the world of Diana Vreeland.
But at the end of the lecture our friend Jane Tippet asked the question, “What would Diana Vreeland have thought of today’s world?”
And Lisa Vreeland said there were many things she would have disliked, but she would have loved the Internet. And she would have adored blogging. She said she felt her memos and her famous “Why Don’t You’s” were some of the first blogs.
She lived to be inspired and she lived to inspire, and that is ultimately what a blogger must do.
To be heard above the noise of the blogosphere you must be inspired by whatever it is you are talking about. You cannot talk just to talk. And your goal is to inspire those who take the time to read you. It doesn’t matter what it is you are sending out, be it photos of rooms, political commentary, fashion reports, sharing your day and something you learned, a spiritual quote, a recipe for lasagna, maybe just inspire them to go out and buy a book they might not have heard of, but we must blog to inspire ourselves and others.
And when I heard that I thought, thank you Lisa and thank you Diana Vreeland, you just gave me my blog.
So that my friends is two things, it’s how you bang one out when you really want to take a bath and go to bed and it’s something to think about when you think about who you are and what you are doing as a blogger.
Ask yourself does this inspire me? If so, chances are it will inspire someone else too.