December 10, 2006

Swimming With The Sharks

It took a lot of nerve to post a comment the first time. I had been surfing the blogs for a year before I started my own blog and when I continued surfing the blogs I found some posts of interest and wanted to leave a comment. That's when I began to feel like I was swimming with the sharks.

Some of the seasoned bloggers can be intimidating to a new blogger. Especially the ones who blog on serious issues. Some of the blogs are famous. So I guess that makes the people writing the blogs famous too.

There are numerous bloggers who are excellent writers, know how the put words on paper and move people. Reach people. Finding those blogs is like finding a treasure. Since I love to read, I also love to find someone who is a good writer.

There is an elite group of blogs that are on a higher position than most. More power to them, they are good writers and use powerful words to voice their strong opinions and encourage comments. These blogs are visited by thousands every day and commentors debate back and forth, also with strong opinions.

As a new kid on the blog block, I innocently left some comments on some blogs that I liked finding and reading. Then and now I only leave a comment when I have something I want to say about a particular post. I do not wander around dropping comments to try to lead someone to my blog. My little blog is a fun project for me and I have no expectations, nor do I have a need for it to be anything more than what it is. My blog brings me joy and adventure. That is enough for me.

Swimming with the sharks is not dangerous, it is disappointing. When I visited some of the seasoned blogs and left comments it was a lesson to me to remain true to who I am and not to be in awe of people who have been blogging a long time.

The only quote in the template of my blog is not there by accident or a random pick. I believe that with all my heart and I live my life that way. May I never get so full of myself that I look down on another person.


happy and blue 2 said...

I like your blog but I don't generally have anything intelligent to say.
I try to leave a comment on all the blogs I visit. So they know they have been read..

Unlike you I have found that a number of the elite blogs are filled, not with great debate, but more often with comments of the "You are so magnificent" type. As such I tend to avoid commenting on these blogs..

Anonymous said...

I debated writing this particular post for a couple months. I was trying to say that in the first 6 or 8 months of surfing the blogs, I was in such awe of the bigger blogs that I wouldn't leave a comment. And when I finally worked up the nerve to leave some comments the reception was less than friendly. That brought me back to reality and to the comfort of being just who I am and finding blogs of all types that I am comfortable visiting. So that is what I do now. I don't always comment back when someone leaves a comment on my blog but I want you to know that I appreciate you taking the effort to tell me what you think of something I say and to me what you say has worth. Thank you for your comments.

deuddersun said...

LOL! there is nothing to fear. Be who you are. those that like you will support you, those that don't, well, who really gives a shit.

You have something to say. You have found an outlet that lets you express yourself, somewhat anonymously, go for it! What do you have to lose?

I'm blogrolling you now. Expect more comments.

Welcome, Technobabe!


Wally Banners said...

Hi I am famous too! My blog is the crappiest on the net:)

Fancy said...

I really like your thinking on "Swimming With The Sharks" becuase what you say is so honest and true.

Keep blogging for fun and adventure. :)

Anonymous said...

deuddersun, Thank you for the warm welcome. You are right, I have found my own way and am comfortable with this format. You are welcome anytime. Be sure I will be showing up at your blog-step often too.

Wally, I visited your blog and you have a diverse blog and you put a lot of time into your posts when you write. I like the Santa comic. Wow, you are all the way over in Italy. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Fancy, you know by now that I speak my mind without hesitation and with an open heart. Thank you for your encouragement.

happy and blue 2 said...

I read my comment and it sounds kind of harsh.
I really liked this post and I do like your blog.
I didn't mean for my comment to sound critical, if it did.

Anonymous said...

Interesting and well written post that certainly struck a chord. I've had comments left unpublished becuase the author just wanted to hear what agreed with their viewpoint (judging from the comments which got pubbed).
Surfed in from blogexplosion -- good luck with this blog o' yours :)

Anonymous said...

Happy and blue 2, please know that I give you the same freedom to say whatever you want to say that I have in writing my stuff. I appreciate your commenting on whichever post you want to and you never have anything to apologize for, not here. This is so fun for me to write what I feel; and I encourage you to do the same. Are we cool?

Shon said...

Don't worry about it... everybody's gotta start out someplace. As long as you continue writing from the heart -- you'll continue to grow.

Anonymous said...

Jessie, Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I know what you mean about some bloggers only wanting a certain kind of comment. So I stay away from those and wander around and find the ones that are friendly and open to each of us saying what we want. Freedom of speech, right?

Shon, thanks for the comment and you make sense.I am actually having such a great time with my little blog. I don't have a theme, I don't have a gimmick, I just write some things posts that mean a lot to me and others I have fun with. I think this is the season to have lots of fun with this blog.

Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Hey TechnoBabe,
I added your blog to the Green Gas links list. Keep up the quality (and heartfelt) blogging. On swimming with the big boys...if sharks have egos I guess that makes them an even more dangerous predator.

Tisha! said...

Blogging is therapy for me! The shrink bills have been drastically reduced...

Besides I get to communicate with incredible people like you technobabe and I have to say that our last few weeks "together" have been very rewarding for me!

Thanks for that!


carina said...

So very true!
I don't get intimidated, but tend to stay away from the polarizing angry (mostly political) blogs. Actually, I don't have time to spend hours and hours reading all the excellent material out there, let alone comment on everything I read....but when I have time it's fun to sit down and read through my favourites.
I like your format, technobabe, your posts are always thoughtful and well written.

Anonymous said...

Galli galli, you're a busy blogger. Are you same person writing for all three blogs? Green Gas is my favorite but I like the others too.

Tisha, I know what you mean about how the blog helps with the sanity. When I started the blog I did not know how much fun it would turn out to be. I get to be myself, but anonymously. Cool, huh?

Carina, some of the political blogs are so radical. But since my sweet boyfriend has a political blog and he writes with passion about what is important to him on his blog like I do on mine and I know what a kind loving person he is, I hope the other radical political bloggers are humane and caring humanitarians too. But most of their blogs are just too heavy for me and so much to read. It is good we all have our own tastes and can find the special blogs we are attracted to and are comfortable with and comment and participate.