I try to read as many blogs as I possibly can. That's difficult sometimes with teaching and finishing a thesis and freelance work. But still, I like to stay up to date on what's happening with other people's blogs.
A new blogger emailed me a couple of months ago and told me that a conversation we had this summer at church made her want to start blogging. She kept a Live Journal account for years, but she realized after our conversation about art and home life that she was ready to pursue something different. So she started THIS BLOG. HowdyHoosier.com
It's one thing to surf around and discover blogs that have been around for years. I read Wil Wheaton's, BoingBoing, PinkRayGun, SmithBites, and I visit a lot of websites on a regular basis. AintitCool, Mousetalgia, Doombuggies, etc. I have my rounds. I bet you do too. But it's something else entirely to have the chance to witness a new blogger just getting started.
It took me over a year to really find my footing, what I wanted to write about...my "niche". I remember trying to publish a blog a day, I remember the phase I went through where I said I would ONLY write important blogs, blogs that could be considered creative writing, ha! I remember going through an entertainment news phase.
Eventually, I settled on sharing the things that run through my mind related to being a geek, and my blog started to feel comfortable, therapeutic, and joyful. It became a home base for me. A place to share with my family and friends some of my freelance work and things I know they would want to read about. Because in my family and circle of friends, our brains work a very specific way. A way tied intensely to pop culture and movie quotes and allegory and humor and old timey things. It's like we have our own psychological morse code.
Which is what blogging really is, what all creative writing is. A way to put feelers out into the world, a message in a bottle saying, "I'm here, are you there?" It's one of the things I love most about blogs. It gives everyone a voice, their own little acre of the internet to say what they want. You don't have to get a degree or win an award to start a blog, though a blog may lead to both of those things.
Well, the Howdy Hoosier is just getting started and I know I'm young to say this, but she reminds me of myself when I first started. Full of energy. She also has a well-developed voice and a kind of personal fearlessness that I don't even have. She doesn't censor herself at all and I'm excited to see where she'll go. Her blog is a quest narrative. She wants to work from home, start a photography business, and become a professional writer. Can she do it? (Yes!) But also, stay tuned to her blog to see how she's doing. She also writes funny tags and clever titles and labels, which let's face it, is kind of a neglected art in the blogging world.
After blogging for a few years now, there's always something exhilarating to me about seeing people just beginning their journey pursuing their life's dreams and creative inclinations. So let's break a bottle of champagne on the hull of the Howdy Hoosier. Bon Voyage! (and you can do it...)