Sunday, August 10, 2014

Confessions of Blog Envy

I have always thought that I wasn't particularly clever with Blog Titles. Not for posts, and not for my blog, either. I read through other people's blogs and think, "What a great name! Why can't I think of stuff like that?"

I remember especially thinking that when I came across Mrs. B's, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.  I mean, seriously, what better way to say, "Hey, we're here, and we're just another part of your community. Get to know us!"

(By the way, if you liked COAPSM, and are sorry it's gone, you can continue to follow Mrs. B at her new home here)

I have thought a lot about re-branding the blog.  Maybe something catchier, maybe something more interesting.  But, let's be real, I couldn't even come up with a terribly interesting tag line, how am I going to re-brand the whole blog?  To be fair, it's hard to explain who and what you are in just a few words.  Really, really hard.  That said, I still suck at it.

The whole thing is really frustrating.  Because it doesn't matter how good your content is (and I am completely incapable of judging my own content) if there is nothing about a quick view that grabs people's attention.  And people know absolutely nothing about me from my blog title and tag line.  Excuse me for a minute while I bang my head against this wall here.


Okay, much better.  But here's what I noticed after finding Mrs. B's blog.  There are a lot of blogs that start with "Confessions of".  Which is not a criticism, at all, just an observation.  It made think that we bloggers apparently have a lot of things that need to be confessed.  And, what should I be confessing?  My failure to answer e-mail sometimes? Although I'm totally on top of it at the moment.  Maybe my cheese addiction? My love of Doctor Who?  What have I got?  In the end, much like my name/tagline brainstorming, I'm coming up empty. Which blows.

The thing is, I don't really care if I'm widely read, or really popular.  I mean, really, I haven't been popular since....ever. The joy that I've always found in blogging, was an ability to connect with people.  It's the sharing of experience, both unique and similar, that weaves us together as a community.

A community of parents, of mothers, of women, of people, all over the world.  I love seeing what makes us the same, and what makes us different. How do we approach parenting? Stress? World events? It's knowing other people's stories and experiences, that brings increased meaning and insight to my own. What we have here, in the ability to self-publish, comment, and share this way, is really special!

While blog envy is not something new for me (one day I have to come up with money to get someone to design something better for me), what I'm hoping at this point is, that instead of obsessing on the layout, or look, or title, or tagline (not that I'm going to completely stop, if I'm being completely honest with myself), maybe I can delve deeper into how what I read elsewhere, informs me. I'm fascinated by how we, as people, connect and interconnect. Blogging is kind of a fascinating platform for that.

In other news, do you know what empty yogurt packages smell like after they've been shoved under a bed for a while?  If you don't, I'm officially jealous of you.  I've talked about it before, but kids are gross.

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