Congratulations! You’ve started a blog.
You’re ready to web-schmooze and work like a dog!
You have brains in your head, and a bum on your chair.
You can steer your blog any direction you care.
You’re at your computer, and you know the most,
And YOU are the blogger who’ll decide what to post.
You’ll look over topics, look ’em over with care.
About some, you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your bum on your chair,
You’re too smart to blog stuff that you don’t wish to share.
You may not find anything to blog about.
In that case, of course, you’ll share your own doubt.
It’s freeing, you’ll find,
To blog your own mind.
Online things can happen and frequently do,
To bloggers as brainy and bumsy as you.
And when topics present, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just write what you know. You’ll know what to do.
OH! THE BLOGS YOU’LL BLOG!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be blogging most nights!
You might blog about feelings,
Sharing lows and delights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ve got the goods.
Your path won’t be scattered with coulds and with shoulds.
Whatever you blog, you’ll be best of the best.
Whatever you type, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so, but, sadly, it’s true
That silence and echoes can happen to you.
You can get all hung up checking site stats and shares,
And your readers will leave while you sit with the stares.
You’ll shake your head clear, but it might be too late.
And the chances are, then, that you’ll think you’re not great.
You might lose your way, learn your mojo has run,
And finding your mojo’s not easily done.
You will come to a time where the course is unclear.
Some things seem quite simple. But others? Oh dear!
You could blog something that hurts or offends!
Do you blog something that might upset your friends?
Do you stop just in case? Do you try to make amends?
And if you make a mistake, then what do you do?
Just let it fester, or offer defence too?
Apologise to others, or run off and hide?
Say something calming, or say something snide?
Acknowledge the others, or defensively deride?
You can get so confused that you’ll shut it all out,
You’ll be filled with confusion and a little self-doubt.
You might want to sit there and stew, sulk and pout,
But there’s another place that you’ll find out about.
The Waiting Place …
… for bloggers just waiting.
Waiting for a comment or two,
Or a post to publish, or something to do,
Or a word to use, or something new,
Or an email to arrive, or for you-know-who,
Or waiting around for a blogging clue,
Or something for me, or something for you.
The bloggers are just waiting.
Waiting for an event to land,
Or waiting around for a helping hand,
Or waiting to be in higher demand,
Or waiting, perhaps, for inspiration to strike,
Or a new follower, or their hundredth like,
Or a famous share, or some fancy gear,
Or some fresh air, or a Big Idea.
Bloggers are just waiting.
NO! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and dicking.
You’ll find the fresh topics that get readers clicking.
With banner updating, once more you’ll share words.
Ready for anything, however absurds.
Ready because you’re with internet nerds!
Oh, the blogs you’ll blog! There are posts to be wrote!
There are thoughts to be shared. There are ideas to note.
And the magical things you can tap on those keys,
Make you the ducks’ nuts and also the bees’ knees!
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can get,
With the whole wide world watching you write on the net.
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that sometimes – and I’m sorry, it’s true –
That blog-content-churn-burn can happen to you.
You can get all stuck up blogging stuff you don’t like,
Like that book about seaweed, or that seven-wheeled bike.
You’ll realise you can’t pay the bills with ‘exposure’,
And Google smacks down on those with no disclosure.
There are some blogging things that can become unfun,
And you might let unfunness decide that you’re done.
But on you will blog though the going be tough.
On you will blog though the trollers be rough.
On you will blog because you can’t get enough!
Onward and upward and out on the net,
Though your thoughts may be scrambled as thought-eggs can get.
On and on you will type, and I know you’ll type true,
And share wonderful lessons as experienced by you.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many other bloggers as you go.
So believe what you write. Blog with care and great tact,
And remember that Blogging’s a Balancing Act.
Just never pretend that you’re better than most.
And always proofread before publishing your post.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 per cent guaranteed.)
BUT WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN? THAT’S UP TO YOU!
… be your blog foodie or parenting or health,
Your blog is important. You know this is true.
Your audience is waiting.
So … what will you do?!
(This post is the result of a writing prompt from a friend, who suggested I write about blogging in the style of my favourite author. Thank you for the inspiration Dr Seuss, and sorry that I butchered Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in the process.)
What do you think? What does blogging mean to you?
And who is your favourite author?