A while back when I mentioned to my web-savy nephew that I had a blog, he chuckled and asked, “ What do you blog about?” I was stumped for an answer for a few seconds and then responded with some made up words that sounded important and self-justifying.
However, since that time I have often thought about this conversation and have tried to come up with a quick answer I could provide anyone who would ever ask that in the future. As most of you know there are:
Food blogs – i.e. twopeasandtheirpod.com
Travel blogs – i.e.vagablogging.net
Pet Blogs – i.e. ittybittykittycommittee.com
Stay at Home Mom blogs – i.e. scarymommy.com
Wine blogs –i.e. vinography.com
Photography blogs –i.e. beyondmegapixals.com
Political blogs – i.e. Huffingtonpost.com
Motorcycle blogs – i.e. Helmethairblog.com
and the list goes on and on. My problem is that although I am interested in MANY subjects I am not an expert at anything, not even the accounting profession I have worked at for thirty years. Sure, I know plenty about accounting and even enough to be somewhat successful in the positions I have held over the years, but I certainly would never consider blogging about accounting. First of all, who would want to read it? I would not even want to read it!
In my opinion, if you write a blog about a specific topic there is an assumption that you are an expert on said subject. Don’t get me wrong, from my perspective there are many, many experts out there and I love reading their blogs, I am just not one of them. One thing I have learned over my life is that the more I know about a specific topic, the more I understand I don’t know about that topic. To write about a topic when you know others know much more about it than you just opens yourself up for judgement.
That is why I choose to write a blog about my life, my interests and my personal thoughts and feelings on topics. No one can tell me I am wrong and I like that!!!! I started this blog writing about a topic I am very familiar with and that is living with arthritis. I occasionally still write about that, however, since my daily life is no longer consumed with pain I have found there are many more fun things to write about. I equate my type of blog to a column in the newspaper where each day a different topic is explored and discussed. There are facts presented but the author’s thoughts and feelings come shining through. Some people enjoy reading columns and some do not care about other people’s views on life. I totally understand that. For those of you out there that read this blog I am incredibly grateful that you spend a few minutes of your day catching up with my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For those of you who actually comment on my blog…….you ROCK!!!! Please keep those comments coming!
To sum-up (no accounting pun intended) my thoughts on this topic, I think some would call Ruminations and Reckonings a personal or lifestyle blog. I prefer to think of it as a middle aged women-empty nester-accounting professional-food aficionada-photography learning-design admiring-kitty loving-travel aspiring blog. Not sure I will ever find that category listed anywhere but maybe now I have an answer to my nephew’s question.