52 Misconceptions of a blogger who doesn’t “really count!”

Last night I spent a significant amount of time visiting the blogs of “40 bloggers who really count,” as featured on “Times Online.”       

The WordPress dashboard link, “Congratulations to Our ‘Bloggers Who Really Count,’ caught my eye and I just had to find out what these blogs had that earned them this status. As I read through the short blog bios and then visited the sites, the realization dawned that I had misconceptions about the blogging world. Misconceptions that seemed to mock me as I peered wide-eyed into the computer screen and read the truth about blogging.      

      

Misconception #1: Every blogger “really counts”      

I falsely assumed this was true by virtue of the fact that bloggers had to be courageous to put their words, images, or videos out there for the entire world to see. Now I know the truth, there are qualifications that provide legitimacy.      

In an effort to correct my errant beliefs, I launched out on a quest to find out what these qualifications were. I also hoped that I could discover my own blogging identity in the process.      

My first stop was journal.davidbyrne.com.  I could instantly see why this blog made the grade: bold colors, easy-to-use navigation, and rich content. I admit to cringing when contrasting my creativity site http://refrainfromtheidentical.com that now screams “NEWBIE!”      

     

Then I noticed the “Times Online” categories for blogs: Celebrity, Fashion, Family, Memoir etc. “Yikes, I’m in trouble! How can a creative eclectic like me possibly choose?” There it was, another mistaken belief:      

Misconception #2: Blogs can be multi-faceted like people are      

What initially drew me to the blogging world was the hope that I could carve out my little patch of virtual identity that reflected all my odd chicken-like characteristics: always scratching around for something I cannot seem to find; occasionally laying a good writing egg; hatching some bright little “chicks”  of ideas.      

      

I wanted my blog to be like a day of teaching in the classroom…you never know what you’re going to get. One moment a bi-polar teen heaves a chair across the room and the next, you tear up when a struggling reader learns PowerPoint for the first time. Yes, I wanted my blog to be beautifully unique.     

     

Now the truth stared straight at me seeming to say, “JoDee, you have to fit into one of these categories.” In that moment, a little part of my creative insides died.     

Yet despite my momentary emotional setback, I continued on my blogging journey through an amazing variation of blogs. Many inspired me, a few made me laugh, and I gasped at a couple of raunchy ones, but still laughed anyway.     

     

Then I came to the “Memoir” category and a glimmer of hope flickered, “Maybe this is where I fit?” Heather B. Armstrong’s dooce.com tickled me pink and challenged my third errant belief about blogging:      

Misconception #3: A blogger’s worth defies cultural norms and values      

I actually thought this was true, silly me. Unlike the industries of publishing, entertainment, business, or education, blogging was a world where nobodies could find and express their unique voice. How foolish of me to think that the value of blogging existed apart from the validation of celebrity status, business savvy, or public fame.      

I wondered at what point Heather began to “really count?” Was it when she birthed that first baby? Ask anyone of us who has done so and we will tell you that counts for something. Did her worth kick in when she shed light on everyday life that besets the best of us mothers out here living in the real world?      

From my son, Josiah's, baby book

 

Although some of her critics may question how an unknown could make such a mark on the world, she is one of my new heroes. This is not because she became a professional blogger or spent the day with the President. My admiration goes far deeper than that. She receives my respect for her courage encapsulated in her quote honored by “Times Online,”     

“I was this housewife, and no one in their right mind would have hired me to write about my life,” she says. “So I just did it myself.”      

Now that is what I thought blogging was all about…people courageous enough to pursue their dreams in the midst of everyday living…regardless of whether a world-wide audience deems them, or their dreams, worthy!      

Josiah's first lost tooth

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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12 Responses to 52 Misconceptions of a blogger who doesn’t “really count!”

  1. Herding Cats says:

    Aw, you Skype with your daughter! I just got off Skype with my boyfriend. Best online program EVER!

    My blog doesn’t really fit into any “category” either. I don’t expect it to get big or have a billion followers, and I think that works for me. I think your blog is fabulous and creative, and who needs a category?

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Skype keeps me from clawing the walls because of missing my daughter. I love that program! Thanks for the comment about the “category” issue. It helps to know other creative blogs like yours defy the rules. I also needed the complement after the week I had at school!

  2. izziedarling says:

    You read my mind. That headline, “Bloggers Who Really Count” is bs – we all count! Keep on – great blog – you count!

  3. gerknoop says:

    Jodee…this one is the best yet! I can’t wait to go check out the ones you mention here…..however……YOURS will always be my FAVORITE blog! Love you my dear friend!! B

  4. slamdunk says:

    I enjoyed your insightful post Jodee. I like the creative mix that you use here–I think you have accomplished building a fun place where you can learn something in a painless way.

    I did appreciate the quote you selected from Heather:

    “I was this housewife, and no one in their right mind would have hired me to write about my life,” she says. “So I just did it myself.”

    I have much respect for folks who take calculated risks and succeed instead of simply following the advice of others to the letter.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      That means a lot coming from you! I love the way you worded it, “…a fun place where you can learn something in a painless way.” That description makes me smile. I also agree with what you said about respecting people who “take calculated risks and succeed instead of simply following the advice of others to the letter.

      At the age of fifty, I think I’ve earned the right to stop jumping up and down trying to please others who only take pot shots at my feet. I’m intrigued with humble independence.

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  5. Nawfal Nur says:

    Hi JoDee – Beautiful! Well put. And, I appreciate your comment at my blog. Keep up the blogging because your blog really counts.

  6. Pauline says:

    I looked at a few of the blogs on that link and honestly, meh! Some struck me as superficial, shallow and not that interesting. (Of course this doesn’t apply to David Byrne’s site, which I quite liked)

    I tend to be more interested in real people and their adventures, regardless of their number of followers or if they don’t fit into one category. 🙂

  7. ladygrace says:

    I love it..yeah..I’m like you…can’t fit myself in any one category..maybe they should create a catagory..’eclectic’ or something…however I’ve only limited myself to two websites and two blogs because they are different topics…..although i would like to write about other topics..i.e. parenting..family, education..etc, etc…time is limited..
    wow it also looks like adding pictures are important to blogging..geez..I barely have time to upload them on my computer and get them on FB.

    also busy writing curriculum..

  8. JoDee Luna says:

    lady grace, not all blogs add pictures. In fact, some of the most impacking writing blogs I regularly visit do not. I left you a comment on your post. I was intrigued by your writing and kept thinking, “This person has written my thoughts so well it’s frightening.” Then I noticed your email and am so excited that you are “all in” with a power packed blog! Now I am on a quest to find your “other blog.”

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