Here are five reasons I like blogging.
1) BLOGGING LETS ME “BITE THE WAX TADPOLE”
Some folks already know this story, but a few months ago I was on Amy Maranto’s blog (here) – she is a long-time blog friend and while there, I encountered two new bloggers:
A) Soanuthatch (here). This blogger was like a shot of B-12 to me. Hard to explain – but sometimes we just need the energy of someone else to spread our way and give us an infusion. I am sure we all have been a shot of B-12 to other people at times – and I am so glad Lindsay was that for me at the end of winter.
B) I also met this Brit named Stuart Templeton (here) – who turns out to be a fantastic storyteller. He shares about family adventures (hikes, museums, etc.) and how many “square crisps” they’ve eaten. Then I met Stuart’s wife, Alli (here), who blogs about medieval history (she writes in a way that is not boring (and the history area can get dry with certain writers). She is also funny. For example, Alli recently shared:
“A slogan for Coca Cola, which read “Coke adds life”, was translated into Japanese, but it came back into English as “Bite the wax tadpole” – Isn’t that fun?
Okay everyone – so my wish for you is that your blogging experience will allow you to “bite the wax tadpole” (thanks Alli). Here is how I define “bite the wax tadpole” for bloggers: You monitor your blogging groove so that blogging keeps enriching your life. Stay alive while you live. However, this does not ONLY apply to blogging. It applies to every creative and complex human being that is flowing down the river of life.
David Bach wrote this:
“Life is Difficult. Life is not easy. but that is not the only truth that matters in this context. It also happens to be true that it takes just as much effort to have a ‘bad life,’ in which you don’t get what you want, as it does to have a ‘good life,’ where you do.” “Most people who just ‘go with the flow’ wind up complaining about where they ‘floated.’ Wherever the river of life takes them is where they go. And you know where most of these people end up? On the rocks” (Bach, 2002).
So don’t do this – don’t let the wrong momentum take you downstream and rob your joy because you lost freshness or got burned out. Come on now – it is time for your to “bite the wax tadpole” — GO AND GET IT – – taste it — feel it — and get your contentment (#findcontent).
2) BLOGGING TAKES ME OUT OF MY NORMAL ZONE
My blog tagline is “photos, art, and a little bit of lit” – which sums up my TOP interests.
But sometimes we follow blogs that splash “different” our way. This is so good for us.
And while visiting Stuart’s blog – which is Adventures of the Ratmobile – one of his readers had a Gravatar of an Acura logo. I first thought it was possibly a car dealership. Then I learned it is Tyson, a blogger from drive to five (here), and he has been driving his used Acura for 16 years. His Acura Legend now has 565,337 miles on it.
The same day I enjoyed Tyson’s blog, I was on my way to do important life stuff and I ran into an Acura driver at the gas station.
This used Acura owner was Reggie and we talked while filling up gas tanks. I told him about the “drive to five” blog and the Acura with 565,000 miles on it. He was shocked at the mileage. When we were done chatting – he let me take his picture for my blog:
3) BLOGGERS OFTEN HAVE FRESH QUALITY CONTENT
I shake my head sometimes at the variety and quality of content I find on blogs (from amateurs, professionals, and hobbyists). I think the “accessible to anyone” blog platform allows a cesspool of talent and quality. Just a few decades ago – in order to publicly share photos, art, music, thoughts, articles, personal stories, etc. – someone had to “get picked up” by a radio station, magazine, juried show, station, etc. That limited “who” could share and limited “what” was shared. Also, this meant that what we saw had “screening bias” from the selectors that picked what they thought should be seen (which still happens today). Or we only saw content from those connected with the powers to be or those who had the big bucks (also still happens today). Anyhow, the inclusive nature of blogging brings out the small guy – or showcases the professional who needs the bump. Or we get material from an everyday person and they use their blog to bring ideas and creative talent into the blogosphere.
4) BLOGGING ALLOWS US TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Blogging allows us to make connections with people from different cities, states, countries – – and even different oceans (like Lisa Dorenfest, who lives on the sea). Sometimes we deeply connect – Other times it stays a bit surface-like. But we still connect – through comments, likes – and visits. Maybe even though emails, meeting in person, or working on a book project together – like I did with the Lady by the River book (see reason #5). The deep connection with others, via blogging, allows us to sometimes grow with them – as they share about relocations, health issues, life milestones, or topics that are currently dear to them.
5) BLOGGING LET ME WRITE A BOOK WITH MULTIPLE AUTHORS
The fifth thing I like about blogging is that the blogosphere sharing allowed me to write a book with eight other authors: Mark Bialczak (here), Mabel Kwong (here), Ana Linden (here), Sherri Matthews (here), Mahesh Nair (here), Kristin Rybrandt (here), Jeffrey D. Simmons (here), and Chad Prior (here).
I think you know where I am going now.
Time for the book plug. April is the month I set aside to promote the Lady by the River Book.
Not all promotion posts will be this long, but I hope you enjoyed today’s share.
Do you need refreshment?
Do you need a little encouragement?
Or do you want some tips on how to pause and plan your life better?
Well this book is a resource for you
The eight chapters from each of the bloggers will be presented in upcoming posts – and will refresh and encourage – but today’s post is to share about Chapter 11: Moving Through – because it is packed with tips for improving your life.
Chapter 11 has wellness ideas that are presented with simple succinct sections. Some of the tips came from life experience whereas other tidbits and resources came from counseling days and wellness workshops I teach.
Chapter 11 is EMPOWERING because when you learn more about topics like problem-solving, regulating emotions, and practical ways to bring thoughts captive – you will paddle your boat with purpose and intention. Or maybe your boat has a motor – well you can let the engine move you in the right direction rather than meandering down the river with a force that pulls you any which way.
The content throughout Lady by The River book will help you live a life that is more alive – This book will help you live better with more joy so you can “bite the wax tadpole” (thanks again, Alli, for that fun term).
This is my fifth post (out of 10) to share about the Lady by the River Book.
The free giveaway for Lady by the River is NEXT WEEKEND so be sure to drop by this blog, or go right to Amazon, on April 12th, 13th, & 14th to get your copy. If you need a copy sooner – it is for sale on Amazon here.
P R I O R H O U S E
Let’s close with one more comic: