Do you ever find your children standing looking over your shoulder, anxious to see what you’re doing? Mine are always quietly watching and absorbing. They observe carefully and they think deeply, and then they come to the assumption that anything I can do, they can do too. In fact, they assume that anything I can do, they can do even better than me. And before I know it, they’ve worked out exactly how to do what I’m currently involved with. Soon I’m no longer the only knitter, writer, photographer, cook… or blogger in the family.
Blogger? Yes, my four youngest daughters are bloggers. Somehow we’ve turned into a family of bloggers with a multitude of blogs. There we sit, each at our own computer, thinking and writing and editing, and writing some more. Eventually, ‘Publish’ is pressed and then there is anticipation and excitement.
“Did you read my post? What do you think?”
"You've written a new blog post!"
"You've written a new blog post!"
“I love your post!”
We sit and share and enjoy each other’s writings. It’s a family affair.
Just recently, Callum joined the blogging world too. Is writing contagious? Is blogging contagious? Yes!
Callum and I are sipping coffee in the café, having some mother-son time.
“How’s your blog going?”
“Slowly. I haven’t posted much yet. But I do have a few ideas…”
“Do you mind if I share some blogging guidelines, things I’ve picked up?”
Now I know sons don’t normally want advice from their mothers, but we are relaxed and enjoying each other’s company, and so Callum is in the mood to indulge me.
I recite my guidelines for a blogging son:
1. Write about things that really interest you, things that you are passionate about. Write about what you know. Your posts will be interesting.
2. Be yourself, that’s good enough. Don’t write what you think others want to read. You don’t have to be someone else.
3. Share honestly and your posts will ring true and you’ll make connections with others.
4. Never use posts to complain and whine and whinge, especially about other people.
5. Never write anything that will embarrass someone else.
6. Never post embarrassing photos of anyone.
7. And most important of all, never complain about your mother or embarrass her or post photos of her that make her look old.
Callum gives me a sheepish grin and says, “What will happen if I do the last one?”
I fling out my arm in a mock swipe. “What do you think will happen? Look after your mother. It’s in your own interests. You’ve got to live with her!”
We often talk about family loyalty. And how important it is we show a united front to the world. We don’t whinge and complain about each other in public. We don’t pull each other down. We need each other, our family, our safe refuge from the troubles of the world.
“I think I’ll write about fixing things, Mum. You know how we tend to throw everything away when something goes wrong? Well, it’s so satisfying making something work again. I get a real buzz working out all the problems with my computer.” Callum’s eyes light up.
I love sharing with my son. I’m glad we can talk blogging. Shall I tell him he’s just given me an idea for a blog post? Will he mind if I write about our mother-son time? No. He’ll grin widely and say, “I thought you would, Mum.” Callum is a blogger. He understands. As long as you remember to be kind…
…Life is a blog post!