Friday, December 19, 2008

Blog Audience Matters

Basically I've been blogging to an anonymous, possibly non-existent audience. I was pretty content with that. I'd be thinking of university friend searching around for me when I updated Reconnecting and I'd be thinking about my CCK08 friends when writing e-learning thoughts. And then some happened. And because something happened, the future is different.

What happened? My daughter's job allows a certain amount of internet time for personal use. Being an intelligent person, she didn't want to use the company computer for checking email, facebook or surfing the web - just too much disclosure. She's decided to relax with mom's blogs. Actually I should figure out how to market myself under that heading as Lisa Lane says she relaxes with my writing as well. My secret to a long marriage is that I'm like that old pair of shoes that has stretched itself in all the right places to be a perfect fit - not new, fashionable or exciting but dang comfortable.

When Paula left home for educational purposes, we used to watch Grey's Anatomy from our different locations and pretend we were together. It was a discussion starter for phone calls. I couldn't get hooked on the show because I lived in nurses' residence for 3 years when I was young and single and all the buildings were connected by a maze of tunnels and passages so it all felt less interesting than the real thing. But I did seek out and enjoyed the writers' blog which gave me something to contribute to our talks and provided an interesting hook for me
Her graduation marked the end of my Grey's watching.

This morning when I woke up my first thought was, "Did Paula have a snow day or not because if she's at work, I haven't created anything for her to read and maybe she'll be disappointed." Because my baby girl is reading my stuff and because I don't like disappointing her, blogging has moved from a pleasant, sometimes hard to justify diversion to this is serious mother/daughter high priority bonding time. Hopefully the process will result in my writing posts that don't disappoint you as well.


llane said...

Hi Ruth,

Your writing is not only comfortable, it contains wisdom gently relayed. Today's post was a reminder to me of the importance of people closest to us, when I could easily get tangled in an angry student emailing me about her D grade, and AT&T again costing me hours trying to get what I've paid for. Instead, I'll go spend time with those who matter.

-- Lisa

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