I started blogging in 2008 as a way to stay in touch with family while we were on our three-month European adventure. I had been trying to figure out how to stay in touch with people who would not only be worried about us, but would be interested in what we were doing each day. Why not write a blog? my daughter-in-law Lauren suggested.
I was being perfectly serious. It was 2008, and I had never heard that word: Blog.
Blogging began sometime in the late 1990s, but surged in popularity in the first few years of the 21st Century. Apparently I was stuck somewhere in the late 20th Century, where I was finally comfortable with email. So when Lauren saw the blank look on my face and understood that her mother-in-law was technologically delayed, she showed me how to set up a blog. Hence, the Reluctant Traveler was born.
Well, much to my surprise, readers included not just my family, but many others as well. Acquaintances, friends of friends, people with whom I hadn’t spoken in years all followed our adventures via my blog. And when we returned, many of them asked me if I would keep writing the blog. I told them I wouldn’t continue, because now that I wasn’t traveling, what in the world would I talk about?
But people kept asking, and my sister Jen, in particular, pushed me to consider writing a blog. But I have nothing of interest to write about, I kept saying. Write about your life from your own perspective, she replied.
Finally, on August 14, 2013, I kicked off Nana’s Whimsies with a post cleverly entitled Hi There! It’s no wonder people wanted me to continue blogging. Such adroit writing!
So here it is, August 2019, and I have blogged nearly every day except Sunday since then. I’ve missed a few days, it’s true, mostly due to hospital visits; sometimes due to sheer laziness. People often ask me if it’s hard to write something every day. My reply is always the same: Once I have thought of something to write about, the writing comes easy. I love to write. But you can likely tell the days that I’m struggling with subject matter because the blog is B-O-R-I-N-G. But I plug right on.
Jen suggested to me recently that to make it easier on myself, I should consider only writing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or some other iteration of Not Every Day. I’m not ready to do that and here’s why: I recently was listening to a podcast that features two of my favorite writers who began their careers writing blogs back in the early 2000’s. One of them told the other that after having written a blog daily for many years, one day she decided she would take a day off. She never wrote regularly again. I have no doubt that is what would happen to me. I need the regularity of daily blog writing.
I will tell you that I hesitated starting this blog because I couldn’t imagine that anyone would care a bit about my life. While my numbers aren’t staggering, I have a very steady 100 or so readers of my blog. A friend of mine who is a fairly recent and now faithful reader told me that she loves to hear my stories about my family and my simple life. That bewilders me, yet I am so pleased.
I know that blogging is now old social media. Nevertheless, just as I was stuck in the 1990s with email, I’m sticking with blogging for the time being. Podcasting is the new social media du jour, but while I listen to podcasts, that ain’t my cup of tea. While I never say never, I am pretty sure I never will do a podcast. I don’t even like talking on the telephone.
Anyway, thanks for reading my simple blog.
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