Monday, May 22, 2006

See Ya in the Funny Papers, Chicky!

I've been blogging for nearly a year... and I've been consistently passive about my place in the blogosphere. I consider myself more of an observer, not really a part of any one clique always on the outside...

Over the months, I have received some truly outstanding advice from many folks—often at my request- how to generate more traffic, how to format the blog, how to be more controversial... how to be nicer, how to be happier, how to be angrier, how to not ramble.... etc etc...

Excuse me… NOT Ramble? I don’t think so… please see left sidebar.

Now a couple of things, although I do wish I had more traffic, I am not willing nor do I have the time to commit to blogging daily as has been explained to me by a number of people Not only that, I simply don't have that much to say...and I’m not that good. I named the blog Sunday Morning Coffee... because Sunday Morning was and remains the time I am willing to commit to reading, pondering and writing... Please consider, if you will, SMC my open diary that I left on the kitchen counter and I just ran to the quicky mart for milk…. And I asked you to keep an eye on the chili simmering on the stove…. (Shut up, Michael.) YES, I'm concerned that I don't sound ridiculous and have too many run on sentences and prepositions ending the sentence….and YES, I hope people enjoy what I write... and YES, I hope it will give some food for thought. The truth is I enjoy writing---despite my deficits and talent...

Now with that said, what I really enjoy is reading and discovering other blogs… There are some fascinating people out there that have amazing things to write about and interesting opinions to share…. I like passionate blogs... those that put their opinions and arguments and feelings out there for all to read... Michelle Malkin comes to mind as the best at making a passionate argument based in fact....

So, that brings us to today, my closest friends, Rob and JoAnna emailed me today to let me know my favorite superhero, Wonder Woman is hanging up her lasso and mothballing her invisible plane… I am saddened by this news, however, not surprised…

The writing was on the wall…Life takes priority and blogging takes a backseat… or in WW’s case… ends the chapter of her life. I'm glad I found her blog... well written, convincing arguments, strongly opinionated. I feel fortunate to have known her if only for a fleeting moment.

July, 2005 I wrote about WW, “I just found this blog and this gal is a great read. She goes against the grain --conservative atheist... hmmmm... There is also a link to a debate blog she has with a friend of hers that is a liberal atheist.”

Cheers to you, girl. Stay passionate. You will always be in my prayers….

A North American Patriot

11 comments:

michele said...

Hey! Don't listen to advice on how to blog (ok, except this one time :-). Don't write for other people, write what you like and what interests you and those people who like it will read it. And those who don't, well you can't please everyone.

Cathy said...

Thanks Michele... love your blog--Reformed Chicks Blabbing!

Mark said...

Nice post. As for blogging? Yours is the biggest pain in the ass.

You have too much crap on both sidebars. Lose one side completely and put the most important on the other. Firefox trying to view you is a disaster.

Also consider posting the musical videos only once in a while instead of all the time. If I must explain why, then I won't.

Basically, your problem is one of accessibility. Not a culture war between IE or Mozilla, because your site is laborous under either one.

It won't matter what you have to offer if your site is so packed, busy, long-loading, and unfriendly.

Tough love.

Have a great holiday.

Mark

Jedi Master Rob said...

Mark,

Here is a little tough love right back at ya: I'm sure your technical advice is given with the best of intentions but it was not requested by the author of this blog. It was not requested just as your previous snide comments were not requested.

It is easy to see that, although you may excel at basic computer skills, your people skills leave much to be desired. Perhaps while you are waiting for this "pain in the ass" blog to load you could read a book on etiquette or tact. A better suggestion would be to just stay away altogether. This blog, as is the case with most blogs, is for the blogger (that would be Cathy - NOT you). Unlike you, I have been invited to give my opinion. Your opinion is not welcome here.

Mark said...

Sorry. Thought after all this time, it would be accepted as an opinion, nothing more. What you put on here is great. Just hard to get to.

Take care.

michele said...

Thanks Cathy.

When I got your email I thought the name looked familar :-). Glad to have you on the Blogging Chicks blogroll.

michele said...

Regarding Mark's comments, you could recommend to people who are impatient and don't want to wait or who are on dial up and can't wait, that they subscribe to your site feed.

Laura said...

I agree that doing your own thing blogwise is what's really important...if you are passionate about what you do in whatever form you do it, you'll find an audience. I enjoy knowing each weekend that I can check for a new song and post. Your blog has a unique "identity" that is different from anything else out there, and it's been fun to get to know you a bit by reading it these last months.

I read somewhere that if 50 people read you, that's more people than are in a classroom at Harvard...if 100 people read you, that's more than sit in some churches on Sunday. It's possible to "make a difference" with a small audience...Hugh Hewitt has a section of his book BLOG theorizing that the thousands of tiny bloggers may actually have more of an effect than the big-name bloggers!

Some people have suggested to me that a more focused blog (i.e., just politics) would have more of an "identity" and might find a larger audience sooner, but I decided from the start that I wanted to write about all my interests and be eclectic and "miscellaneous," because that's who I am. :) So politics is mixed in with movies, Disney, cooking, education, etc.

I think that if you blog in your own way, you're more likely to keep going over the long term, and people will find you. Best wishes, Laura

Laura said...

PS I had my all-time biggest traffic day because of posting about something completely random -- the Rose Parade -- and I was linked to twice by a very large blogger. If you had told me that that was how I would find a little bit bigger audience, I never would have guessed it. Which just shows to go that following your own path and interests can be a good thing! Laura

Cathy said...

Laura: The reasons you cite are the very reasons I visit your blog... I can always count on you for an update on hot button news items as well as a review of an old black and white movie. Thanks for the vote of support. Always appreciated!

Laura said...

I appreciate your support as well, Cathy! Have a good week -- Best wishes, Laura