Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Solitude, You and Me

My "about me" is a little misleading. It sounds a bit like I'm creating this blog for myself. Learning about blogging as a communication tool - and adding it to my toolbox - is part of the "why I do it". But I got a friendly kick in the tail today. Really, this blog is about you, dear reader and blogger in community. Just like I depend on others blogging - as I like to comment - some of you may visit for the same reason. Though with 50 million or so blogs, you'd think there would be more commenting going on :) So I resolve to think first of others in these posts. No guarantee of value but you will always have an opportunity to comment!

The inspiration for this post comes from over at ProBlogger. I saw it a couple days ago and it's been rattling around ever since. Be sure to view the video posted - its less than a minute long. And the thoughts at Presentation Zen are worthwhile - but a little long <------judgment call (like I should pass judgment - HA!). Three years ago, I began working toward becoming more healthy. It was a lifestyle change and resulted in significant weight loss. In addition to making better choices in what I ingest there was an increase in movement and exercise. I walk. I walk a lot. Most days I walk twice for a total 5-10 miles. I love to walk. (somebody help me with kilometers?) Here's where the solitude comes in. For the first year of my walking, I was alone. Over 1500 miles of being alone in thought. Gets downright personal. Its easy to center on the activity of walking. It also gives a chance to work on an idea to the point of making it a reality. This is a critical point in blogging. Its not a post until its written :) About 18 months ago, I started walking with a friend during my lunchtime. I really enjoy her company and the conversation. Still had my morning walk....until a year ago. It was then I gained a morning walking partner. Wouldn't trade any of the times with him either. Some of my happiest moments are with them. We talk, we laugh, we cry, we discover our humanity. Until today, I wouldn't have given lost solitude a second thought. But today - at lunch - I walked alone. It was nice. The snow crunched beneath my boots - ever notice how loud snow is? - the 14 degree weather iced my mustache. And I came up with the idea of this post. I came to the realization that blogging is for others. Solitude will do that - won't you try it? Be good to yourself. I've had many new visitors to One Reader this past week. Thank you Robyn for leaving a comment. Thank you Gavin for the encouragement. My gut feeling is with fresh posts visitors will help build community - one at a time.

7 comments:

Mack Collier said...

You've got it Bob, posting on a regular basis and commenting on other blogs on a regular basis is ALL it takes to have a successful blog. Most bloggers never get this.

BobG said...

Mack - You are so right with it! And on top of it! I'm committing to more of both commenting and posting

Robyn McMaster said...

Thanks so much Bob for linking to my work. Initially, in starting to blog, I thought it would be important to have a cache of materials for readers to access. Now that's accomplished, my new steps into the New Year were to go to others' blogs -- at least two new ones daily to see what I could learn. I must say it's amazing what communication and interaction does!

C. B. Whittemore said...

Bob, what wonderful insight! Thanks for sharing. And, the Z list collage looks great! Thanks for posting it and including Flooring The Consumer. Best!

Elizabeth Perry said...

Bob, I think that just the way new snow invites a footprint, a new blog entry invites comment. And comments invite response. And before you know it, a community develops...

Thanks for linking to woolgathering in your Z-list sidebar!

Cord Silverstein said...

Bob - Great post! With everything that is going on in the world and the speed that it moves, you tend to forget the simple yet important things. You summed it up real well, one step at a time, one reader at a time. Keep up the great work.

BobG said...

robyn, c.b., and elizabeth - thank you so much for visiting and commenting! Love the snow analogy, elizabeth - as I watch it gently cover the city streets.