My best blogger friend Megan asked me a question here recently. She has decided that she is going to give her blog, The War in My Brain, more attention, and, for a while at least, blog every day. She asked me how I do it.
I started blogging back in January, and with a few exceptions, I have added a post each and every day since then. I didn’t realize it initially, but I came to notice, from the blogs I follow, that daily bloggers are very rare. So she started me thinking, how, and more importantly, why do I blog every day?
Well, going back to when this game started, I thought of it like journaling, I have tried for years (and in fact I still have a bike journal that I try to write in) to keep a journal. I always thought it was cool when, at the end of an adventure, a writer could refer to his journal and know exactly what happened. As I said, I’ve tried MANY times, but being able to journal 3 or 4 times in a row was the best I could ever do. Normally months or even years would go by between entires. Shoot, the bike journal doesn’t even ‘know’ my bike was stolen yet.
So, in January, Michelle went to the trouble to set up this site. It was VERY sweet of her, and I wanted to show my appreciation. So early on, I decided “Blog each day, then she’ll know I like it!” And I do! I honestly like getting my thoughts down “on paper.” I’ve said it before, I’ve gotten to the point where I feel something is “missing” if I have written a post. (Hi, I am Tony, and I am an addicted blogger… “Hi Tony”)
WordPress says I have 149 followers. Then there is Facebook. Even my mom, kid sis, and buddy Dave read this thing. I am always amazed that people are interested in what I have to say, and really like it when people at work tell me they take the time to read it. Today’s post only had 17 visits, but last week, one day had 87. Considering no one but me had ever read what I wrote prior to starting a blog, this is incredibly cool to me….
OK, that is the why, but the question was “How do I post everyday?”
Well first, aside from the AMC series Walking Dead, I do not watch TV. This gives me lots of time to do so. However, time is no good without something to write about. The blogfodder is a necessary requirement.
Well first off I figured out that cycling just does not provide enough material for a daily blog. This site is still dedicated to my adventures on 2 wheels. But one day I made an executive decision. This is my page. I am willing to spend the time writing the post, so whatever I want to write about is fair game. If it is cycling related, so much the better, but whatever sparks my interest can, and will, show up here.
So where do I get material? ANYWHERE! Conversations with people, Facebook, radio, newspaper articles, overheard conversations, books I have and am reading, questions people ask, wineries I’ve been to, things that happen at work, observations, and yes, bike rides. There are also hopes, dreams, disappointments, achievements and desires. Stories from years gone by, pictures that are discovered, and life events.
I’ve also built up a following of virtual and physical friends. Out of the blue, I will get a text, email, Facebook Post, IM or an in person visit with an idea. Other times, I break out the computer and just start typing, letting the fingers take me where they may. I have no qualms at all in borrowing an idea from another blogger! But I do try to give them credit. My college and author buddy Jim has been a great inspiration.
Bottom line, I like having a blog. I like people reading what I have to share, and I like to tell stories. (My wife says I am a chatterer). I will not guarantee that I will always be a daily blogger, but i will for as long as I can.
So as always, thanks to everyone who visits 10,000 miles. It means a lot. I do my best to make it worthwhile, and I never post just to have one. Each one so far is one I have enjoyed writing! Like the wind folks!