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21 December 2015

The Anonymous Life Of A Blogger


In the past, I would (usually) have two to three weeks of blog posts written and scheduled to publish. I would have a list of ideas for blog posts written up and know exactly what I was going to write about for the next month or so. My mother would be proud of how much structure and order there was going on around here.

Lately, things have been a bit more haphazard. Now, posts are written the night before, or, more often than not, on the day I post them. I wait until inspiration strikes and then I'm off. In reality, it's really the crazy little voices in my head that tell me what to write, but I prefer using the term inspiration to describe the process. It sounds a bit more posh. Plus, if you tell someone the voices in your head told you to write something, they might wonder if you need to up your medication. But, if you tell them you were inspired to write something, then they nod in an understanding way.

This morning when I spoke to Scott, he asked me what I was going to post on the blog today (we usually post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday). I said I didn't have a clue, that I was waiting to be inspired. So, I went about my business here today - going for a walk with my friend Jane, doing laundry and chatting with people about the big news here in Indiantown. Yes, at last, Dunkin' Donuts has opened. People are very excited. I think there may even be a parade down the main street later this week. This is the biggest thing that's happened here since the McDonalds opened a couple of years ago.

The little voices in my head weren't all that interested in any of that. However, their little ears perked up when I was talking with some folks and one of them mentioned that a woman on a sailboat that just arrived at the marina last week was a writer. A real live writer. With published books and articles and everything. The real deal.

As were were talking to ourselves, one of the little voices in my head said to me, "But you're a writer too." And then one of the other voices in my head said, "Nah, you're a blogger. Totally different thing." And then a third voice cautioned (I've lost count of how many voices there are in my head, by the way), "Don't say anything about the fact that you have a blog. If they ever take a look at it, they'll think you're a total nut job. And not just because we keep talking to you in your head. You write some weird stuff."

I kept my mouth shut and then we started talking about Dunkin' Donuts and the fact that I cut my own hair last week They gasped in horror when I told them that. The ladies, that is, not the voices in my head. After all, they're the ones who told me to go ahead and cut it. They always seem so convincing when they're talking to me. Remember how they convinced me to buy that psychedelic kiwi fruit fabric for my throw pillows?

Later, I realized I'm actually glad most people here at the marina don't know about this blog. This is a good thing about not having a lot of blog followers. It's kind of nice to have a secret, anonymous life as a blogger. I'd probably feel weird if I knew everyone around here was reading my blog. Of course, they'd probably feel weird too because they'd know I have little voices in my head telling me what to do.

Just in case anyone here accidentally stumbles across this blog, I'm glad we generally don't have pictures of ourselves on here. That way, they'll never know it was me. They'll be so busy looking for someone with a box on her head, I'll just slip on by.

Anyway, that was today's random stream of consciousness, brought to you courtesy of the little voices in my head. I bet you can't wait to see what they have to say on Wednesday. Maybe, I'll have made a trip to Dunkin' Donuts by then.

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15 comments:

  1. I enjoy your posts and if I see someone with a box on her head (or is talking to herself) I'll know it's you.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'm going to cut eyeholes in my box now so that I can see you when you say hi :-)

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  2. Having known several "writers" with self-published "novels," your blog is probably more legit. lol

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    1. Aww...thanks! I don't know if this woman writes novels though. I think she's more of a sailing author - writes for some of the top sailing mags and books on sailing from what I understand. So, she's probably pretty legit. I haven't had a chance to really talk to her, other than the usual hello and small talk, but it would be interesting to hear more about her writing career.

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  3. Not fair to make me snort coffee while reading your posts! But you're right ... starting to write my blog for the newspaper, knowing that large numbers of random strangers would be reading (and who knows what they'd be thinking!) had a very high weird-feeling-ness coefficient!

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    1. That would be so weird to have so many people read your blog in the newspaper! Wow! I'd always wonder if someone I was standing in line with at the coffee shop had just read what I wrote.

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  4. The Dunkin Donuts opened and you forgot to mention it to me tonight while we were talking! They have to have some kind of grand opening special, right? And I would have totally missed it. And it would have been all your fault!

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    1. What?!! I can't believe I didn't mention it to you guys! It's all anyone talked. Debbie in the office told me there wasn't any grand opening when she was there. She said when McDonalds opened they had theirs a week later. Maybe Dunkin Donuts is going to do the same. Work out the kinks first and then have some sort of event this weekend. I'm hoping for balloons and a parade with elephants, but I'll settle for free donuts.

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  5. We have Vodoo donuts, but I would rather read your blog. I have met you so I know you arn't annonomus. The voices in your head sound fun. Did you check if your ear buds were in? It might be Santa stuck in one of those really small boat chimmneys screaming his head off...

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    1. You're part of a select crowd that knows what I look like :-)

      Do you know that I've never been to Voodoo donuts? My sister said the lines are always huge and it isn't worth the hype. BTW, I try not to use her real name on here as she likes her anonymity too, but you're also one of the select crowd who knows her and what she looks likes :-)

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  6. Looking snazzy in that box.
    When the Mcdonald's opened up here it was seen as a big deal as well, although I don't think anyone went quite so far as to have a parade.

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    1. I'm really hoping for a parade. This is a very small town and I think a parade would really liven things up :-)

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  7. Must try the Snickerdoodle Latte before the holidays are over! It's awesome.

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    1. Oh, I LOVE snickerdoodles. They're one of my favorite cookies. I'll definitely have to try one of those.

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