When I launched this blog 17 months ago, my first post was entitled “How Starting a Blog is Like Having Twins.”
Now, 170 posts later, I feel like I’ve been living in Blogville for a while. In fact, because the world of blogging is relatively new compared to when Neanderthals grunted their way around, I think we should count blog years like dog years: multiply by seven. A blog that is two years old, then, is really like a 14-year-old: still growing, a bit hormonal, but ultimately coming into her own identity.
In fact, I’m going to stick by my original post and reassert that there are a lot of ways blogging resembles parenting. Here are 5 of them:
1. Both blogging and parenting require attention for healthy growth
I’m not one of those mothers who can spend 60 minutes playing with her kids on the floor. I may have adult onset ADD, but I am able to play hard in spurts. This means getting on the floor for a 10-minute wrestle, playing Mommy Zombie for 5 minutes, or reading a chapter from a Roald Dahl story.
I also tend to work in short sporadic bursts on my blog. I reply to comments en masse, I time myself when I write a post, and I cluster tweet.
2. Both blogging and parenting require learning a new language
There’s a vernacular to parenting I didn’t expect: feed, mastitis, fontanelle, time out, mommy juice, play dates.
There’s also a language specific to blogging: SEO, blogroll, template, widget, trackback, ping, vlogs.
I’m thinking we may need to cross-pollinate some of the parenting terms with the blogging ones. For example, because I didn’t feed my blog, the fontanelle is even softer. Or, my child needs more widgets to maximize his template.
3. Both blogging and parenting result in less sleep
If you want to get lots of sleep, don’t have children or start a blog. Most of the bloggers I know get way less sleep than me, and I don’t think my 7 hours are enough. And Murphy’s Law rules: the later I stay up writing, the earlier my daughter wakes me up. Spot the cranky blogger and the crankier mother.
4. Both blogging and parenting can solicit unwelcome comments
I’m pretty lucky on the blog front: I tend not to get nasty comments, at least not said to me directly. Maybe it’s because I’m not passionate about a specific style of parenting; I’m just passionate about finding what’s funny. On the parenting side, though, I’ve heard many stupid remarks. I’ve also received unsolicited comments from my kids, like when Vivian told me via a note on the front door, “I have no mommy.”
5. Both blogging and parenting help me appreciate the moment
There are two things that stop time for me: one is playing on the floor with my kids; the other is writing. It is during these moments when I find eternity in the tick of a clock.
Even when I’m yawning.