Right now I am too tired to write this post. It’s been a long week. We’re going to the new cottage tomorrow to review renovations and choose sanitary ware. And I have a lot of work to do.
But I have to. I have a commitment to camparigirl to bring my side of the bargain we struck when we started campari&sofa: that no day shall go unposted. And today is my day. We’ve been blogging as C&S for a year – so we thought we would take a look at what that time has taught us. How we’ve worked through days like these. Here’s my take:
1. Write On
You have to sit down in front of the computer, you have to open word and you have to get typing. Inspired or not. Sometimes it is bloody hard and you’re dredging sand. Other times you sit down to write one thing – and something entirely other comes out. Something better. Malcolm Gladwell said that becoming expert in anything requires 10 000 hours of practice. If we’ve averaged 15 hours a week over the year – we’re at 780 hours each …there’s a way to go yet.
2. Memory Aid
The unexpected benefit – a chronicle of a year for someone who never keeps a journal. I’ve just been back through my posts and it is interesting to see what was overtly on my mind. And remember some of the sub-text (unwritten) behind the posts. Our blog lends linearity to my year – time for me is usually a series of loops and swirls. Now the posts provide pegs in the ground.
3. The Voice
I think you can tell which one of us is writing – and that’s been a revelation. Finding your voice as a writer is apparently the most important thing you can do. I’ve always thought that whole idea was a bit silly: but I was wrong. Claudia posts in the way that she thinks – more lyric than headline. She wouldn’t curse in a post. And she is interested in the philosophies of her content. My style mirrors how I speak. Short and direct. Putting it out there from the hip. Claudia is more comfortable with introspection. I write about how my thinking impacts a situation. Two ends of the same sofa.
4. Feedback and Distortion
The best part has been realising other people want to read what we have written. And that they react. Bringing smart, informed opinions – laughing, mocking opinions – disagreement. We love it all – so bring it on. We had a bash at writing for the Huffington Post – and learned a lesson. It’s not for us: besides being unpaid (yes really – no contributors over at Huffpo gets a dime) – the majority of the people who commented seem to live in shotgun shacks and hate women. Even the women. Especially the women. Which was an eye-opener. And the editor prefers a safe unchallenging world for the over 50 broad: she wanted no references to vajazzling and lalas in her pages. We do. So we knocked it on the head.
What comes next? How do we keep this going? We would like to make a living at this … we need to figure out how. Should we change? We like the format we have: more magazine than specialist – but is the scope too broad? Should we be sticking to menopause and facial hair? Much debate about this. And would being more like other blogs make us money? Maybe, but we believe that would defeat what we set out to do.
Besides – this way is more fun. Happy blog-o-versary, Claudia. 9 220 hours to go.