I was asked by the fantastical Hot Mess Mom to do a guest post about the love/hate relationship I have with MY blog. So, I sat and thought. And thought. And thought. It finally came to me when I was packing for our upcoming trip to the beach.
Writing a blog is like building a sandcastle. It can be magical. You make lavish plans of the design in your head. You teeter back and forth on where the best spot would be to create it. Then you arrive at the place where you’ll set it all up. Using various tools, you painstakingly begin to develop it granule by granule. It starts off small, building it as you go, while filling in any holes. It’s important that you lay a solid and sturdy foundation to keep it from crumbling. This arduous work is fulfilling and meaningful. People pass by your work of art and smile. Your family cheers you on to keep going. It’s therapeutic as the time literally slips through your fingers. And as you step back, you take a breath and know the only way is up from here. This is where the real work begins.
Concentrating on the task ahead, you begin to gain speed and experience. The creation is taking on new heights. You allow yourself some leniency in the design. You add new things that weren’t in the original plan. Even though your energy is beginning to fade, you push yourself to the next level. And then, just when you have your momentum going, you notice it. A crack. A place of weakness. No matter what you do to try to fix it, it only seems to make it worse. So, you tear down parts of it to salvage your foundation. You begin again, digging deeper. This time, your knowledge helps you to know where you went wrong.
There may be a time when a few sand crabs will crawl into your castle. Don’t worry. Their stay won’t last as long as you don’t feed their need. Build a moat encircling your castle in order to protect yourself from any other envious builders. Then, once it’s complete, you can sit back and admire. Get out and stretch your legs. Take a walk and admire any other sand structures you come upon. Offer their builders kind words and support. After all, you’ve started from scratch as well and know what it takes.
Of course, someday, a wave will crash upon your creation and flatten it out as if it were never there. But, you know better. Your memories will be held in each tiny grain that washed out to sea. Plus, as a bonus, the wave will also take those nasty sand crabs with it.
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