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.
I’m sure you’re going to find the perfect buddy…anyone would be lucky to have you…<3
Aw, thanks sis.
LOL, that’s funny! I was secretly thinking most of the same things. I wholeheartedly agree with this one: “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.”
I spend a majority of my blog surfing time mentally editing the things adults write! Up until this point, I feared I was the only grammar-psycho. Alas, I am not alone 🙂
Hi Nicole, I’m glad to know others secretly think what I do. I make mistakes in my writing all the time too, and usually get called out on it. Feel free to go psycho on my grammar. Thanks for stopping by.
Ha ha, I enjoyed this post too. I also agree with you that I don’t think many blogging buddies will be following there/their/they’re (delete as appropriate 😉 partner’s posts for long. Whilst I liked the idea of blogging buddies, I prefer myself to visit a range of different sites… not just one. Also, I think it is often interesting to visit blogs that are NOT the same as yours.
I think it’s a good idea of visiting lots of blogs too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!
I was all for the idea of blogging buddies, but now, after reading your post, the swings over they’re…I mean over thier… I mean over there… are starting to look more enjoyable.
Blockader, LOL!!! Funny you stopped by, I checked out your site earlier because you posted right after or before me on that wordpress topic. I loved your writing. Come on over and swing next to me if you want. You know how to do an underdog don’t you?
The problem I have with an Underdog is that after I finish pushing through and moving under I sometimes forget that I should keep running. At least far enough away so I don’t get clobbered in the head by the back swing.
We can keep you accountable for blogging every day. I hope you find a blogger as great as you are.
Lara, I appreciate you so much!! Hope you loved your concert!
Well I fit 1-4 with no problems. As for 5, I am not interested in riffs or bombs either and I relate to the memory man in your head 😉
You’re very welcome to pop over to my blog and see if you think we could be blogging buddies. I won’t be offended if you’re put off by the medieval stuff 🙂
But I’ll keep visiting your blog as I find you funny. We even have the same theme! And I’ve not noticed many other blogs using it 🙂
You don’t have to worry about me being part of one of the 5 reasons that you don’t need a blogging buddy, especially that I just like simple conversations (in relation with number 5), complete with images to back up my thought process. Plus, I just love your honesty and how you want your blogging buddies to be like, and you are just a wonderful blogger.
Keep up the good work!
Thank you anthony!