Ok, blog introspection challenge. One last time.
Ooops, did I really write that? Sorry, no offense meant. Let’s finally get this thing done, a hundred years after I started it. Yawn. No, I really *am* tired. I was working late, and rather than continuing, I am turning to the dreary last instalment of the challenge. It’s that bad…
Blogging role-models, yeah?
Why the hell did I make this the last question of the challenge?? Really, makes no sense. Well, it’s hard to say whether I really have blogging role-models and to identify them in the context of a RA-centric blogging community. But let’s put it this way: There are RA bloggers out there, who have impressed me, whose writing style has always delighted me, whose humour and topic choice have amused me, and whose general attitude has attracted me. In that sense there are different people out there in this community who have influenced my own development as a blogger.
I actually never wanted to start another (conventional) blog when I debuted on WP in late 2012. I already had too many blogs on my plate, and the quick-shot re-blog on tumblr suited me. What drew me in was – and this is the recurring theme of my whole blog intro challenge – was the way newcomers to the blogging world were welcomed into the fold. It didn’t matter whether people came as new bloggers or as new commentators, but if you made the first step into the
abyss blogging world, people like Servetus or Fedoralady rewarded you with a comment or a reply. Both mentioned bloggers are closest to what I would call role-models – in the sense that I learnt from them the importance of keeping a discussion going by welcoming new voices and by replying to comments. My enjoyment of their blogs – Servetus’ highly analytical pieces, mixed with humorous commentary and personal observation on me+richard; Fedoralady’s very entertaining writing style and attractive edits and illustrations on The Armitage Effect – has influenced my own approach to my blog. I believe in a mixture of entertainment and information – that is my professional writing style, too – and it has always stood me in good stead.
While I have singled out these two blogs (does that mean I have actually “doubled” them out???), I actually believe that every single blog I read on a regular basis, has an influence on me and is somewhat role-model-ish for me: I enjoy how Obscura manages to educate us on all things ancient via Richard on Ancient Armitage; Kelly’s NowhereinparticularRA is a lesson in clever captioning and illustrating; Armitage Agonistes by Perry gives insights in news and their compilation; Linnetmoss – although not a RA-blog at all, Wormwood Scrubs, Suzy’s Silverbluelining (German) and Herba’s Unkrautvergehtnicht (German) are examples of how to mix RA with everything else that is noteworthy and frequently (and thankfully) distract my single-
RA-focus mind; Zeesmuse is a powerhouse of honesty; Preoccupiedwitharmitage delights me with its RL references; Gratiana’s positivity on Something About Love cheers me up, as does mujertropical’s My Sort of Bloke; Jazzbaby’s FunkyBlueDandelion appeals to the music lover in me, as does Hariclea’s Opera Is Magic, damnwhoamIforgettinginthislist???
A few people have ceased posting in the time that I have been active in RAworld, have changed their area of focus or post only intermittently, but people like Agzy, Alyssa, Miss Gigglepants, Judiang, RAFrenzy, Zan, Marieastra and many others whose blogs I am shamefully not remembering in my list, have all entertained, informed and influenced me.
I take my cue from all of you. Thanks for inspiring, entertaining and stirring me. You are *all* role models. And in case you think this is all too sickly sweet: Well, *you* have created this monster!
And now I deserve to smack my challenge badge on my side bar.