This is the 630th post on this blog, going back to July 2005. This isn't even my first blog; I (technically) had one before this, but I don't remember where it was hosted or what my username was… I'm pretty sure I posted on it all of three times before losing interest.
But this time around, I've been blogging a pretty long time. If my blog was a person, she (yes, she's a girl) would be in kindergarten this year! She'd have questioned the existence of Santa this Christmas, and I'd be worrying about the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny conversations next. She'd haltingly be reading me stories about the “duh-ahg dog” that went to the “puh-are-kuh park” for a “ruh-uh-nnnn run” and although I have higher hopes for my offspring, she'd probably have a crush on Justin Beiber or one of the Jonas Brothers. She'd walk through the mall and ooh and aah at everything shiny and bedazzled, while I try to steer her towards Gap Kids “But honey, look how cuuuuute this is!”
Oh, sorry. Where was I? Blogging. Right.
So I've had this blog, which has been around from the early days of my relationship with Jamie, to our engagement, through wedding planning, pregnancy, a premature baby (blog=lifeline), not to mention the camping trips, recipes, scrapbook pages and, of course, the Thursdays.
I have a blog. I have maintained said blog, for a number of years. But am I a blogger?
I don't feel like I am, and I'm not entirely sure why; I came across a site tonight called Studio 30+ a community of over-30 year old bloggers. An old high school friend, Karen, is a member of a group called the SITS Girls. I've looked at both of these sites, in the interest of joining, but don't feel like either one is “me”
I read about these “blogging bootcamp” classes and workshops, and just shrug my shoulders and don't understand. I started my free account at Blogger and now I post. What is there to learn at a several days long workshop? And maybe that's why I don't think of myself as a blogger, just as someone with a blog. I don't have regular commenters (that aren't family, anyway!), I don't have an icon or button for people to “grab” and put on their own site.
So, I ask you… are you “a blogger” or a “person with a blog” and what's the difference? And how does one make the leap from one to the other?
One of my goals (I don't make resolutions; don't believe in them) for the new year is to participate more in the blogging and Twitter communities that are out there, but I'm not sure about the next step I should take. I am, however, taking suggestions!