I started blogging because I love the conversation that can be had thru the written word. I try to post daily, when the spirit moves & when I have something to say. I write about my life: teachers as babysitters, mothers as teachers, children as mentors & as friends.
Blogging didn't come naturally to me, because I'm not, by nature, an effusive person. I didn't hang with the "popular" crowd in high school. I preferred my iconoclastic ways in college. I ended up in one profession~journalism~that confirmed my cynicism & another~teaching~that sometimes stretched the boundaries of my social abilities.
I've been in love with the written word since before I even consciously knew the power of putting letters of the alphabet together. And I've stuck with The Scholastic Scribe for more than 2 years because I believe in that power & its ability to create sense out of a chaotic world.
The Art of Blogging & I have not always been the best of friends. I've slogged thru comments that sometimes are misspelled & often reflect the fact that readers aren't really reading. I've commented on more than my share of "I'm Not Quite Sure Why I Wrote This" posts. I've grown to recognize that blogging is a 2-way street, and the way to get someone to post a comment in one's space is by visiting theirs and commenting, as well. But I've also learned that some people just flit around the blogosphere & don't really have a commitment to anything. Like many of my cherubs, they're afflicted with a short attention span & don't really have the ability to do the work that's needed to maintain a 2-way conversation.
And I've met dozens of bloggers who want to be the new Dooce, the new Pioneer Woman, the new SITStas of the universe. Imagine...sitting at one's basement computer, in flannel jammies, raking in the Big Bucks. What could be sweeter than that?
Which is why I want to promote an upstart blog that doesn't want to do any of that. These bloggers are interested in stressing content over commercialism. The written word over the glam giveaway. In the words of Pam & Sandy, Words of Wisdom is looking for those of use who want to get "back to the basics of blogging."
"...we've had problems finding great blogs to read.," Pam said in an e-mail to me yesterday. "We've joined other sites and blog-hopped and visited and commented and found very few bloggers who were blogging for the writing."
The idea behind Words of Wisdom is simple: Pam & Sandy want us to spread the word about our favorite bloggers. Those who feature few ads or giveaways. Those who are into blogging because they want to use words to build a community~not of consensus, but of creativity & respect for the written word. A cyber meeting place, where we can gather together to share our thoughts, words & deeds.
Please visit Words of Wisdom. Its founders plan to feature what they call "Blogs of Note" every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with a goal of eventually showcasing such blogs every day. They are now soliciting for bloggers who want to join this cyber conversation. And yes, I did throw my hat into the proverbial ring.
"For a few months we talked about finding a site for like-minded bloggers," Pam said in her e-mail, "but couldn't do it. Then we decided to do it ourselves. The response has been fabulous. I think perhaps we are the minority in the bloggy world, but there are some of us out there and we're all just looking for a place to meet. Our hope is that WOW will be that place."
I've done quite a bit of reading up on the nuances of the blogosphere. So many of us come & go. I'd like to think I'm in this blogging biz for the long-haul. I'm interested in a continuing conversation & Words of Wisdom looks like just the kind of place to start.
In the interest of full disclosure, I snagged the snap above after entering a giveaway & actually winning. The artwork perched above my computer is an original by Lynda, of Art on a Limb. Lynda was one of my first blog friends. She posts infrequently now. For the record, I miss her company & wish she'd come back so we can continue our conversation.
The piece is called "One Spirit." I believe it embodies what Pam & Sandy are trying to accomplish. Remember...a conversation is much more than just a bunch of words strung together.