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Blogging is a cold mistress.

Posted in About Us, Life & Love, and Relationships

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:936886_10151901800876982_813957090_n

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.

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My huff-po hottie.

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.

5. Patience
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.

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13 Comments

  1. Love the variety in your blog, it’s what makes it special! Keep writing and good luck with figuring out the money making side of things.

    September 24, 2013
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  2. Your blog scope is broad but I like that I don`t know what I`m going to read about when I land on your sofa.

    September 23, 2013
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    • And you’re welcome anytime. pass the campari ….

      September 24, 2013
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  3. The Protestant Work ethic lives on. One wonders why? It’s a big question. Dropping out is the extreme option but that can be just as uncomfortable; or more so. Somesing in between is always the correct approach but middle ground is too unstable for permanent pegs. “Money Money Money” was ABBA’s refrain and made them miserable. The poor Beatles came up with “All you need is love.” Their fun dried up when they became squillionaires and Sir Paul is a sad sight trying (very) to rediscover the magic. So Claudia nails it when she muses:
    “Besides – this way is more fun!”

    As a new reader let me say: Happy blog-o-versary and many happy returns .

    September 23, 2013
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    • Thanks Winston – and welcome to the sofa.

      September 24, 2013
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  4. I just love your photos you dredge up! And the posts, as well. Keep blogging!

    September 23, 2013
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    • thanks Mimi – I love dredging them up … keep a little stash.

      September 24, 2013
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  5. Oooooh, I’ve got my first blog-o-versary coming up tomorrow, and I’ve just been writing a post for that 🙂
    Well, I love your blog, do keep going, and thumbs up for the joint commitment thing you’ve got going on there, how very inspiring! One day, I might like to be part of a project like that. Maybe after another 10,000 hours of practice.

    September 23, 2013
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  6. You may not have worked out how to make a profit yet, but I am glad you do what you do. Well done on hitting the keyboard every day. I need to take a lesson!

    September 22, 2013
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    • Grazie Belinda – just gotta sit down and put the fingers to the keyboard .. not always fun, but something always taps it’s way out of the subconscious.

      September 24, 2013
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