Saturday, November 5, 2011

How I Started Blogging

So here we are on day 5 of NaBloPoMo. I'm glad you're sticking with me here. A lot of you are commenting over on Facebook, and I appreciate it. It's really encouraging to know you're out there. So how did we all get here, anyway? Let's go back in time a couple months, July to be exact.

On July 21, my daughter started blogging at You can read that very first blog post here. I'm not really sure why she started blogging. I'm not sure she ever said. But she looked like she was having fun, and I really enjoyed reading what she was posting. Pretty soon, I discovered that I really liked commenting on her posts.

I enjoyed writing comments so much it made me think about maybe sort of considering the possibility of writing my own blog. But let's be honest here. The deciding factor was when I found out that some people make money this way. Not that I expected to get rich quick (or even ever) by writing a blog, but it seemed like one more stream of income I can add to my retirement fund. I'm also looking into other writing and editing opportunities.

Retirement! I've looked at the numbers. I can retire in 3 years....if I learn to like cat food. If I want to get my full benefit, I've got to stick around for about 10 more years. That's 10. TEN!  My one-year-old grandson could conceivably be in my class someday. Now that ain't right! Something has to be done.

Now, don't misunderstand me. It's not the teaching itself that I want to get away from. Nor is it the insane adolescent shenanigans; I actually kind of like that part. No, it's jumping through the hoops and keeping up with The Swinging Pendulum of Pedagogy. (Like that? I made it up myself.)

So I did what I always do when I want to start something new; I got a book (Blogging All-in-One For Dummies). Because, as we all know, reading about doing something is just as good as actually doing something. Right?

::crickets chirping::

Ummm....okay. Sooo...Anyway, that's about it. My Darling Daughter gave me a little push, and she's been mentoring me right along. She's my biggest fan, which is fair since I'm hers too. She does a really good job of pushing my blog on all her Twitter friends.

You know, she's a good kid. Maybe I should forget about funding my retirement and just move in with her. Yeah. There's something to consider.


  1. I was smiling and nodding while those crickets sang.

  2. Ha! I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

  3. Yes, Chris. It's okay for an author to break the rules for effect as long as the author actually knows she's breaking the rules.


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