Blogging can feel a tad scary at times.
I mean, let’s face it. It’s like journaling out loud. Like opening up your diary to strangers — or scarier still — blood relatives.
In Blogger-ville, if we’re Keepin’ It Real, we’re letting people peek inside our thoughts, twisted as they may be. We’re inviting others to walk alongside us as we discover joy, or feel the sting of guilt, or experience the peace of forgiveness. We let people enter into our lives — then open wide the door for folks to comment.
My oh my, what were we thinking?
This makes blogging, all at once, frightening and exhiliarating.
I am new to blogging — having just started in July — and I’ve felt a mix of emotions and questions each time I click the button that reads: PUBLISH POST.
Will anyone read this? Do I even want them to? What will think of me now? Did I just hear an echo?
As it turns out, this experience has introduced me to a whole new community of characters. They have encouraged me, blessed me and prayed for me. I have enjoyed drinking deeply the widsom of Billy Coffey, the beauty of L.L. Barkat’s writing, the raw honesty from Janelle. And there are so many other inspired bloggers that you’ll find over on My Rockin’ Bloggin’ List, and on the blogs I follow.
Which leads me to one of my new favorite characters: Robert Hruzek over at Middle Zone Musings. And he is a character. His wit is sharper than a barbed-wire fence, and he’s rustling up folks for a Texas-sized writing project.
Hold on to your ten-gallon hats: We’re invited to participate! It’s called the Middle Zone Musings BLOGAPALOOZA. Even if you’re new to blogging, like me, you’re welcome to participate. Just mosey on over to Middle Zone Musings, and the cowboy will tell you all about it.
To whet your appetite, here are a few details:
BLOGAPALOOZA is a variation of Robert’s regular monthly “What I Learned From …” groupwrite projects (collectively known as “WILF”).
BLOGAPALOOZA works like this: First, look back over your blog archives. Choose one post from every month you’ve been blogging in 2008. Second, send him the links and a bio, according to his instructions at Middle Zone Musings.
It sounds like a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a great way to open up your diary to even more strangers (EEK!) and to enjoy the Blessings of Community found in Blogger-ville. Now, doesn’t that sound nice?
See you in the Middle Zone.