Posted by: Cindy Lamb Sterling | June 3, 2011

Lost in CyberSpace

A mere 24 hours ago I hit PUBLISH and whoosh!  Off into cyberspace flew my first-ever blog.  Or was it a post?  I still prefer “essay” or “column” which is exactly my problem.  In my mind I had instantly become the new Judith Viorst meets Erma Bombeck meets Carrie Bradshaw meets Anne LaMott!  In truth?  I had no idea what I was doing.

To be clear,  it WAS a really-super-fun-OMG-thanks sooo much-you’re very sweet to say so-kinda day.  There were comments, subscriptions and posts . . . oh my!  I got just enough encouragement to bolster my already delusional ego.  What should I wear to the awards show?  And where would I put my BLOGGIE?

Then I asked for advice.

Three friends – who are writers and bloggers  -quickly responded to my breezy request for “a few tips” on this exciting new chapter in my fabulously artistic life.  Three smart, kind, thoughtful, well-informed friends offered me the following advice:

1) Stephanie encouraged me to “keep writing, precious”.  Will do, Steph!

2) Travis wrote a somewhat lengthier comment that was both philosophical and funny.  Plus, he had “links” to other “blogs” he thought would give me some perspective and get the feel of what this cyberworld is like.  I literally laughed out loud – is that LLOL? – while reading boomama.net .  Dang, she’s good, I thought.   And look at her website/webpage/webdealie.   Looks awesome . . . hmm . . . ooh, that’s really smart, I see what she’s doing there.  Wow, and thanks, Travis.

3) Karla sent me several informative links to professional bloggers (say what?).  She wrote of templates and time-management, of voice and visual elements, of cabbages and kings.   Everything I needed to know was right there!   How smart am I to have such smart friends?   The printer was spitting out one of the professional to-do-lists as I read these 5 words:   “. . . before you launch your blog.”

Ruh-roh, Rastro.

Perhaps my visual element would not be a stock photo if I had asked for advice FIRST!?!  And I’m 99% sure my adorable profile pic would be right side up if only I had . . . okay, fine, I get it . . good grief!

After an always appropriate glass of  Real Coke with Crushed Ice (accept no substitutes) and a short nap curled up on the couch with Mollydog, things were better.  I felt just as foolish, but a bit more philosophical about the countless mistakes I had made on Blogging: Day One.

So, I’m a ditzy, dreamy, klutzy, leap before I look, lah de dah kinda girl who’s feeling a little bit lost in the brave new wilderness of our CyberGalaxy.  But oh, the stars are soooo sparkly  . . .

I’m not the only one out here, right?

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Responses

  1. Ok — this is the first EVER blog i have EVER read (NO i am not living under a rock!) and am trying to think of something witty to say but keep getting interrupted by my son who is bugging me for a Klondike bar and banging on the drums ….ugh! Cindy, i LOVE this! Keep it up ….. this could be the very thing that gets me through the summer!
    Why do i keep humming in my head “What would you do ooh ooh for a klondike bar?”

  2. Follow instructions…you…nah….it is more fun to try to figure things out without reading manuals! Keep up the good work and let us all enjoy the your happenings just like Carrie did. Who knows, maybe there will be a show one day like hers but instead of SITC it will be “Hula Girl and her Pearly Shells!

  3. Wow! Can’t believe you are taking on such a big job but you have always been on the cutting edge with art, style, and thoughts. It makes me smile to just think of you talking to the world in your special way. I look forward to following your blog and your life. Miss seeing you and hearing you laugh.

  4. I am already in love with your blog. I do so love the way you write 🙂 You’ve inspired me to keep up with mine more but I find myself at a loss over what to write about. Perhaps it’s time to open my eyes and ears more and look for things to write about.

  5. Love the title and the concept! As a fellow litter-er of literary attempts clogging cyberspace, I can appreciate this. I have abandoned so many hopeful attempts at writing that have yet to be discovered my fear is one day one will fall out of the sky like Skylab and land on my word processor, smashing it into little pieces.

    Seriously, this was genuinely funny. Here’s my vote for your BLOGGIE !

    • Jim,

      I could thank you sincerely for being the second person to “like” my blog (not counting friends, co-workers and family members probably felt they had no choice) but I think that’s too obvious. So my question is this: You still have a word processor? Now THAT is cool.

      I’m off to check out YOUR blog . . . this is FUN!!

      Thanks,
      Cindy

  6. My sweet crazy Cindy, you have not changed since the first time I met you. Loved you then and love you now. Keep on keeping on. You are definitely on the right track. I will be looking forward to your enlightening take on life. I miss you.

    • Okay, YOU brought tears to my weary eyes. Prepare to be mentioned in future . . . and always with affection and love. I miss you, too . . . Cindy

  7. Pretty sure no one is bleeding because you jumped in head first. I like seeing the process. Blog on sista friend.

  8. Soooo glad to know there are other REAL COKE with crushed ice gals out there!!!! Keep up the great work, chica!!!! Why think thru stuff when you can just get busy and ACT?!?!?!

  9. Rut-roh, indeed! But we are a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kinda family(well, except for your husband, maybe) so I suppose you are doing it the right way for you. Call it on-the-job training.
    and besides, instructions? We don’t need no stinkin’ instructions! they’re really more like guidelines, anyway. If you get it together and there are a few leftover screws lying about, maybe they were just extras!!!


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