Three Word Thursday
To my friend
Blogging University, Day 4
Today I’m supposed to write a post and to identify my audience. I’m thinking about who really visits my blog and reads my posts? I’m still in an early stage of blogging I guess and I don’t really have plan where I want to go with it, but ever since I started it, it has been an exciting journey. A wonderful trail of posts with topics that change constantly. I love that. I connected with other people all around the world. It has been a great experience so far. I wrote about travel, my every day experiences and observations in California and right now I’m trying to write more about expat life in general. But who are my readers? I’m sure that at this point more than 60 % of my followers are people I know. People that pressed the “like” button on facebook. And of course close friends. My assignment today is to write a post for my dream reader. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, suggests simple, practical advice: write for two people. Write for yourself, and for one other person you have in mind, as if writing them a letter. I like that, so that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m writing for myself and my friend.
You are my dream reader and follower. You read my posts, you comment, you like my posts and even share them on facebook. You are a constant inspiration to write for, because I know that you always gonna read what I’m writing. That is awesome. You even helped me writing one of the posts that I had my heart set on. 66 things I know about Californians. And you are a California girl through and through and that’s why you were the best help writing that list. Thank you!!
Yesterday, I had a rough day. I woke up way too early, because my older daughter thought she had to take a shower in my bathroom (the drain in the kids bathroom is plugged) at 6 am in the morning. She had to take a test before school starts, understandable she wanted to be ready on time. But waking up from your REM mode sucks. It makes me grumpy. I didn’t have my coffee before the kids woke up. That messes my whole day up! And then I had to work in both of my daughters classrooms from 9-12. Argh! I was still tired and sullen and after having food, one hour on the phone with Dish and writing about 10 emails about school stuff, broken appliances and other crap, I decided to give up and take a nap. I never take naps! They usually don’t work for me, but yesterday I thought: “Screw it! I have 45 minutes until my daughter gets home, and there are about 5 other things I should be doing, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m stretching out on the couch.” And so I did. And it helped, even though I didn’t really sleep. And to my excuse, you know that, I’m single parenting right now because my husband is on a business trip for 11 days. Then my daughter came home, snack, pick up the other one from choir, go to the track & field meet for 2 hours, back home, guitar lesson, making dinner,… you know the drill. I checked my facebook really quick at about 5.30pm and saw that my friend had an extra ticket for the Selena Gomez concert at the SAP Center and so my 12year old could go to her first concert! So exciting!! She was tired, she still had homework, she came home super late and was tired this morning, but who cares? She did go and she had a blast. I’m so happy for her, even though I’d have loved to take her to her first concert myself, but this was an opportunity we could not let pass. Sometimes you just have to do things without thinking too much. Listen to your guts. Live in the moment. That is often very hard for me, but yesterday it worked. I started this post with the obligatory three words and I’m gonna end it with three words. I hope you enjoyed it! Yours, Kathrin