I was the one who came up with the idea to do a Month of Posting. Me, Emily Sara Smucker, the Girl in the Red Rubber Boots. But it wasn’t long before I was merely riding the coattails of my mother’s and sister’s successes.
First, Mom posted about discrimination and religion.
Then, Jenny posted about Disney-inspired clothing.
Then, Mom posted about how to raise perfect children.
Suddenly they were getting thousands of hits and I was just getting, well, significantly less.
Fortunately for me, I have a life outside of blogging. One in which I do really cool stuff like stand in front of artsy walls.
Sometimes I think that if I just put more effort into blogging I could really make something of myself. I could learn to take pictures, and post the rants in my head that would be shared over and over by people who agreed with me, and write click-bait headlines.
But I don’t. It’s an unwinnable contest to create disposable content. I’ve decided it’s not worth the effort.
Also, everyone says that successful social media is all about creating a “brand,” which is not appealing to me at all. Too much stuff is branded already.
Instead of posting “THE TOP 10 REASONS MENNONITE GIRLS SHOULD STAY SINGLE UNTIL THEY’RE 25,” I’ll post about stuff like this:
I had a beautiful dream this winter.
(And by dream I mean normal night-time dream.)
In the dream, many people I knew worked or went to school in Eugene, and every morning we’d all gather in a coffee shop for 10 minutes or an hour or however long we had. And we’d just chat and drink coffee and hang out before starting our day.It wasn’t very profound. As far as dreams go it sounds quite boring. But to the lonely girl of Eugene this seemed like an exceedingly wonderful thing.
After I began going to school in Corvallis this spring, I told my friend Sarah Beth about the dream. She actually lives near Corvallis, and she immediately said, “hey, that sounds like fun! We should do that!”
So Wednesday morning she and I and our friend Ashley met at a coffee shop in Corvallis called “The Beanery.” We’re making this a weekly thing, so if you live in the Corvallis area and want to hang out with us please feel free!
The shop is on the corner of 2’nd ST and Washington Ave. and we meet at 8:15 am. Approximately.