Five days ago an idea for bloggers to pair up with a blogging buddy went out over the world wide web via wordpress, the site that hosts this blog. This is an effort to motivate, uplift, and encourage bloggers to keep up with the commitment they have made to blog in 2011. Much like an exercise buddy who will hold you accountable, unless you are both weak-willed and convince each other ice-cream and beer sounds better than jumping jacks and bicep curls. Within minutes of this post, bloggers from around the world were holding hands and skipping in circles. I stood on the edge of this online playground, watching the happy bloggers, scared to get in the game for fear of rejection or dashed hopes.
I am approaching this like everything else I approach in life, with fearful trepidation. This idea of a blogging buddy both intriques me, yet scares me. I did a little pondering and came up with a few reasons why I’m still sitting on the swings while everyone else is playing kick-ball.
Five reasons I’m scared of having a blogging buddy:
1. I’m afraid they won’t be committed. They might say at first they are going to post a blog daily, but are they still going to be as enthusiastic come May 17th?
2. I’m afraid I’ll end up with a moron. You know, someone who can’t use there, their, and they’re appropriately. I might have to let loose my inner teacher on them.
3. I’m afraid I’ll get a buddy who thinks Jesus is a fake. Then I’ll have to worry about their soul in addition to their blogging.
4. I’m afraid my buddy will be a completely superficial fashion blogger who will tempt me to buy new clothes of which I’ve decided I am buying no new clothes in 2011. I am simplifying my wardrobe, not adding to it.
5. I’m afraid I’ll have nothing in common with my buddyand won’t be able to intelligently respond to his posts about nuclear war heads and/or guitar riffs.
Again today I searched through the 800 plus comments of people wanting blogging buddies. I clicked on a couple of blogs that I found interesting, but alas they disappointed. Perhaps I’m taking this a little too seriously. Afterall, this is a blogging buddy, it’s not eHarmony. I don’t have to marry this person, just read their blogs for Pete’s sake. But I’ve been on bad dates before, and my past experiences are reminding me how painful this blogging buddy experience might turn out to be. There is still 11 and a half months left in the year. Eleven and a half months to blog daily and encourage someone else to as well.
But I faced my fears today and went ahead and walked out onto the playground. I’m five days late but I put myself out there to see if I could still get in the game.
This is my post.
Hello, I’ve been perusing on this site some, trying to find my “perfect” match. I’ve been blogging daily, even when it’s hard, even when I don’t want to, even when I’m super busy, and I want someone who appreciates and possesses the same commitment. My blog is http://www.chroniclesofarocketsurgeon.com and it is about my life as a fumbling earthling. I tell stories mostly, try to make people laugh once in a blue moon, and blog about simplifying my life. I would like a blogging buddy, but to be perfectly honest, I’m scared of getting paired up with a moron or someone who lacks commitment, or someone who we later find out we have nothing in common. So please, if you want to choose me, don’t break my heart
Appealing, isn’t it? This might help to understand why I didn’t marry until age 29.
I’ll keep you posted.