The Lighting and The Lighting Bug have a fun writing prompt this weekend. “We want you to share a post that essentially defines who you are. It can be an introduction post, a post about your blog, a particular piece of writing that defines you.” I had to think about that for a bit. I don’t think that I have a piece of writing that defines me per say.
I never planned on being a blogger. I had no intention of it. I didn’t think I would write anything that anyone would want to read. A little under two years ago my friend Shelley of Lemon Tree Cards decided that she wanted to make a blog to promote her cards. She wanted to have someone write humor pieces for her. She asked if I would be interested. I wasn’t sure if I was. I agreed to give it a shot. The cool thing about my writing for her, I would get our wedding invitations made for free. It was a trade. She also would send me other cards over the course of the year. My posts were much shorter than they are on my own blog. I got addicted to comments. I loved watching her blog grow with new readers. She gave me a sense of ownership of my writing. I will be forever thankful to her for that. Had Shelley not asked me to blog for her I never would have dipped my toe into the blog sphere. Shelley was/is so encouraging. After a year we decided that I would be done with her blog. That left me “homeless” Whatever would I do? Did I really want to have my own blog? I liked the sense of security of “helping” with a blog and not having my own. I found I enjoyed writing and didn’t want to stop.
I kicked the idea of my own blog for a while. Asking friend’s on Facebook what I should name the blog. Polling them if I should even keep blogging. Everyone encouraged me to start my own blog. When someone suggested the title, “One Mixed Bag” I jumped on it. I loved the name. Since my writing was going to be a mixed bag of this and that. Also, it has that nice nod to purses. I started off one WordPress.com and hit publish. I fretted about finding people who would read my blog. Would my blog be only friends and family? Would strangers find me as well?
When I got my first comment from a stranger, I was over the moon! Who was this person? They took time out of their day to read me! I must have babbled on and on for days about that. Then more strangers found me. This was pretty cool. The best part was strangers who also became friends. People I email with, who read my blog, I read their blogs. People who encourage my writing. What I thought was just my own little blog, because a community.
My blog was only going to be humor pieces. That was all I knew or cared to write about. My friends have challenged me to write more serious things as well. These gals who do the writing prompts inspire me to want to try to write things out of my comfort zone. I’m slowly finding that I’m enjoying that. Not a steady diet of serious, but appetizers now and then. Blogging can challenge me, which is a good thing. We all need that.
I blog for me. I blog to do something creative. For a sense of accomplishment. To challenge myself. To share with others. To belong to an amazing community.
Speaking of community, Ms. Sweaty of Do Sweat the Small Stuff wrote a nice piece about my Etsy shop!! What a wonderful surprise!