Sunday, August 29, 2010

I have a blog. Now what?

I've wanted to start a blog for awhile, but had no clue about what. I'd come up with one, and then seconds later scrunch my nose and think, "Nah. I don't want to do that. I'll be bored within weeks." Anything I came up with felt like work. Work, like having to memorize multiplication tables...which, since math and I never got along very well in school, hurt. It hurt more than a bee sting, more than cracking your chin on the ice, more than accidentally snorting soda through your nose in a fit of giggles.  You get the idea.

What I do know is that I have always loved a good story.  Good Night Moon, Nancy Drew (my heroine!) and The Boxcar Children, Anne of Green Gables, Alex Rider....The list is long, but distinguished.  But, how to turn my love of a good tale into a blog.  I enjoy writing, but I do have to have an idea in mind, even a purpose.  For the blog, all of that eluded me.  That is, until yesterday, when I was visiting my favorite bookstore (which has a cat, by the way, named Index...or Dexie for short).  There I ran across the book 1001Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, edited by Julia Eccleshare, and had a the-spaghetti-is-done-because-it's-stuck-to-the-ceiling moment. How fun would it be to read all 1001 books? This was quickly followed by, "And, I could blog about it." Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!

I loved Julie/Julia by Julie Powell and think her blog idea was yes, part of my inspiration is probably thanks to her. It's also thanks to my parents, who began reading to me long before I could walk and always made sure there was a Nancy Drew book waiting in the wings for when I finished the one I was reading at the moment. It will be interesting to see what books I'm already familiar with and what I'm not. But, that will be part of the adventure. Do I have any idea what I'll write about? Nope.

On that note, I'd better get reading (and replenish the chocolate chip cookies)!


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  2. Nice first blog entry Liz. I look forward to reading about all 1001 books. :-)

    - Dan

  3. Yay Yay Yay! I was informed by a little birdie that you've entered the blog world... So excited to read about the 1001 (and relive a few, I'm sure)!

    Keep at it, this is a great topic! I started a blog a couple months ago. There's one entry so far. BLOG FAIL. :) Will let you know if I get motivated enough to make that TWO entries and see if it snowballs...

    - Cuz' Amy