One of the many blogs that I follow is by Chris Brecheen called “Writing About Writing (And Occasionally Some Writing)”. A couple of days ago I came across a wonderful piece that he had written about forgetting the birthday of the blog he had created, the story opens:
The breath I took with my hand on the doorknob could never be deep enough.
I ignored the “Go Away” and “Knock First” signs, and stepped in, at first thinking that I would flick the lights on, but then deciding that the pastel rainbow thrown off by the line of lava lamps was kind of nice. Blog was lying in bed listening to headphones and facing away from the door.
“You didn’t knock,” Blog said.“I know,” I said. I went over and sat on the edge of the bed. Blog shifted further over and showed me more of its back.
“I’m sorry,” I said.
Chris’s blog post is one that I thought others should see because it’s all about the relationship between the writer and the blog that they have created. Think about it would you forget your child’s birthday or your spouses? You would have hell to pay for doing that.
For the blog, forgetting the birthday is like forgetting its existence. Something we should never do to our blog. I have done this once and it is not something I wish to repeat. Indeed when the birthday of this site came around then I added a special post, commemorating its birthday (or more correctly birth month). But I also had opportunity for other celebrations as well, like the 8th year anniversary of being on WordPress. These are all things you perhaps don’t think too much about. Sometime, recently, this year I also posted on Facebook 365 consecutive days (thanks to the aid of some automation tools).
Take a look at Chris’s wonderful post “That Year We Forgot Blog’s Birthday” and recall how special your own blog is for a few moments, take a little time to cherish it, also take some time to make your blog special once again. Once we create it our blog should be special. Our ideas may move on, but our blog is a companion that helps us grow. They are an historical record.