My first instinct is to write. Always has been, even before this blog, before the moosh, before Cody and even before the tumultous years of high school.
I have kind of faded into the background in the world of blogging and it’s my own doing. It’s changed so much since I started almost four years ago. There’s lists going around of the 50 best this and the 50 most that. There’s awards and sponsorships and jobs and books and articles and TV appearances. I’m not really a part of any of them.
And I don’t really care.
Now I’m in no way saying I’m above any of it, because I’m certainly not, everyone likes to be noticed and praised every now and again.
I don’t remember the exact question I asked Jen Lancaster last year at Blissdom, but I will never forget her answer.
“The first time I made myself laugh with my own writing is no more important than the first time I made the New York Times bestseller list.“
I have never had a bestselling book, an appearance on CNN or even been on the mystical “A-List Blogger” radar.
I watched with envy for so long as so many of you went on to accomplish amazing things and form fantastic bonds with companies and other bloggers. But I’m at peace where I’m at, and I marvel at what so many of you have accomplished in the four years I’ve been around. I marvel because I know just how much work it is to get where you’re at, and beyond that how much more work it is to maintain everything you’ve worked so hard for.
Despite so much nasty press about bloggers over the past year, I’m proud to be in your company. To be a part of this thing so many of us do. The experiences and the “stuff” that has come from this simple act of writing have already exceeded what I ever thought imaginable.
Even with that I still have a blogger bucket list (can’t just give up now can I?)
- Write and publish a book.
- Get explored on flickr.
- Get one of those blogger trips to Disneyworld everyone else seems to go on. (seriously, it’s like Disneyworld is the blogger holy land.)
- Meet Julie Andrews.
- Be the subject of a professional photo shoot.
- Work at Hallmark.
Four years ago when I started my list would have looked something like this:
- make someone laugh.
- don’t quit.
- your and you’re, use them properly.
A lot has changed. The only things that haven’t changed? The name of this blog and that that I’m the one who writes for it.
Honestly, that’s it.
Dude, it’s four am. I’m hitting publish. Brain? If you want our fingers to write anything else you’re going to have to take a number.