They both asked the question (paraphrased, of course): “Do you have a blogger you admire? Why?”
I can’t really answer that question, because there are a lot of them, and they’re admired for different reasons, but this DID remind me of something I did when I first started blogging.
I had no idea what I was doing. I had been reading a few blogs…I think I started out at Crystal’s, went over to AD’s and Babs’s for some reason, then got into LawDog and Tam, and it was a snowball from there – since that point, I’ve been keeping up with upwards of 100 blogs, and they’re all on my list for a reason.
I decided pretty early on that I wanted to take my old Blogger account and turn it into something new – something that people might actually want to READ, as opposed to my Livejournal, which was filled with prattle about how emo my life was and OMIGOD that boy smiled at me do you think it means anything? HAI GUYS I’m going back to school! I hate my job! Woo! Basically, my Livejournal was (and is, a lot of the time, even now) filled with crap. I didn’t want whatever public blog I had to be filled with crap.
I started blogging right after the Virginia Tech shooting. That was my catalyst, and to read back on some of the things I wrote, I can’t believe that sort of thing came out of me. It’s kind of what I’d imagine it feels like to look at your 18-year-old child who’s 5’8″ and weighs 160 pounds and realize that, at some point, that person was small enough to have actually passed through your, um, “love canal”.
I was SO SERIOUS. SEERIUS BIZNESS, blogging is, yes?
Well, look at the list above. Those people were my model and inspiration. I didn’t think I could pull of the LOL humor that AD sometimes comes up with. I’m not as eloquent as LawDog, and my snark-o-meter has some fine-tuning before it even comes close to Tam’s level. Babs has stopped blogging to concentrate on her life and her family, and thus has taken down most of her blog, save a few posts, but the level of HEART in that woman is amazing. Uncle keeps up with EVERYTHING, holy crap. I hoped to be like them someday. I mean, you have to admit, it’s a pretty lofty goal.
Here’s what I did that absolutely amazes and embarrasses me, to this day: I went to their blogs, and I left comments saying, essentially, “Hi! I love you! Pimp my new blog, plskthxbye!”
Here’s the awesome part: they did. (Do any of you remember that?)
I mean, that’s just…awesome. I had the gall to basically tell them to link to me because I was new, they did it, and it worked out okay. For only having been blogging a year (my blogiversary is coming up in a couple of weeks), to have over 30K hits isn’t bad at all.
And I have them (and everyone else who’s ever linked to me or mentioned me or commented or visited, etc, etc) to thank.
So I suppose that my admiration – the folks who are big bloggers, but are still people, and realize that. I don’t think Perez Hilton would exactly go out of his way to give me linky love, do you? Well, actually, I’m not sure I’d want a link from him…but whatever. You get my point.