Allegorical Thoughts and Blogging
I was going to write a post explaining that my blog is written as an allegorical expression of life through the idea of Modern Vampires…
But that would be way too much work and well, not exactly the truth. I’d like to say this is an allegory because I love that word.
Say it out loud, clear and somewhat slowly: Allegory
Sounds nice doesn’t it?
Say it again.
And then there are all of those wonderful classic paintings of allegorical stories.
My favorite classic “allegory story” is Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I came upon it by accident when I was young (nobody told me to read it). I love it. You should read it. Sort of creepy too (a lot creepy.)
Someone was asking me about my blog and if I get paid for it and why I do it. I hate it when they ask those questions. I guess I should explain what this is all about (my blog) but I really can’t and I really don’t want to. So here we are.
But I will explain because… well just because. This is sort of a vent, a rant, a musing and a love letter to my fellow bloggers and those who actually like my blog.
I blog about parenting and modern life through the eyes of a Modern Vampire mom. I also cover other subjects that have nothing to do with Vampires or parenting.
I blog about everything.
- We had a house full of teens tonight playing will Just Dance. It was fun. They’d been talking all night. Streaks of blue and pink were in their hair.
- I’m bribing small animals with food to stay in view of my window and in my yard. By small animals I mean squirrels and birds. I am not leaving food for the coyotes. They can fend for themselves. I don’t want them in my yard. For the raccoons and possums – you guys can have whatever gets accidentally left out on the deck at night. Just stop knocking over the patio furniture.
- I check in on ancient folks who need extra help. Sure they’re Vampires but… whatever.
- And I had lunch on Friday with a charming and somewhat handsome science professor. I only took a little over a half pint of blood but it was worth it.
- Then there was this ghost…
- And roller skating…
- Poetry, music and Werewolves (but not always together)
- And what we think of stuff my teens hear in the news.
Then they start to get personal with their questions…
I don’t tell about my blog stats or how many followers I have anymore than I’ll tell you how many men I’ve slept with. You can look it up if you must know (my WP followers, not the other thing.)
The word “Vampire” in most of my posts automatically repels most people and excludes my blog from the mainstream. I can write the most profound post in the universe (actually I have) but as long as I use the word “Vampire” my fan base will be low (not quite in the millions.) Their loss, not mine.
If I wanted to do something else (not this blog) then I would have started another blog. Easy as that.
People starting out with blogging frequently ask me questions about the fine art we’re involved with. I tell them just to write. Don’t worry about rules. Don’t worry about anything.
Tell your thoughts, your stories, your poetry, your jokes, your music, your scientific passions, your political rants, your parenting stories and elder stories and your Zombie, Werewolf, hot sexy men and of course Vampire stories.
I want to hear from all of the cats, dogs, horses, cooks and collectors of odd bits of weird information that most of the world misses. I want your collective thoughts and ideas about love and romance and life. I want to hear it all, no rules, no preconceived notions and no holding back. I want to see and read all of it. Yes. Just do it and you’ll learn along the way.
If it is your blog then it is your voice and your rules. Pick your subject, change it, turn it around, twist the ending, make a bad joke, make it sad or happy or stupid. It is yours to do with what you want.
Blogging isn’t trying to make a Thanksgiving dinner that suits both traditional turkey and sausage/oyster dressing friends AND your vegan friends. It is about doing what you want. It is your feast to share as you wish. And if somebody doesn’t like what you’re serving then that isn’t your problem.
For those who write blogs that are a little different, or even a lot different – thank you for your point of view and for making me laugh and think and ponder. I’m astounded by the amount of creativity and wit and heart and soul I find in your words, art and photography.
My parting thoughts to my blogging/writing/creative friends is that you should write for YOU. Just for yourself. It is who and what YOU are, not what somebody else wants. That is the beauty of blogging.
For my readers – I LOVE YOU.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman
Just another note… the most popular post on this blog is about writing love letters. Nice.