Monday, June 24, 2013

MaryAnn Millington: Fitting In

From our beginnings most of us are trying to fit in, in one way or another.  Sometimes within our family dynamics.  Often at school where clicks are around every corner.  Usually at work, trying to fit in to the office politics.  For me all of the above is true and after all these years I feel like I am still trying to fit in.

Back in November of 2012 I started my blog on a whim, really trying to get some exposure for my Etsy shop.  My intent was to feature my designs and maybe some HOW TO, instructions.  Well something really crazy happened along the way.  I found I loved to write.  So instead of featuring my items I was writing about my life and then one day in February, I  fell upon the A to Z Challenge.

I immediately asked myself:
Can I really find something to write about everyday?
Where do I fit in to the writing world?

So, my quest to fit in returned but I decided to throw caution to the wind and just go for it.  There were suggestions on the A to Z blog to pick a theme which would make it easier but I could not really think of something that I was interested in to write about everyday.  So I just decided to wing it.  I started making an A to Z list of topics that would correspond to the letter hoping that would help my thought processing going forward.  I even wrote a few ahead of time, thinking this would give me a good head start. At first it did help but in the end, as is my way, I just blogged about what just came to mind a few days before or sometimes the day before.  It certainly was brain taxing at times.  Midway through I was ready to throw in the towel but I just kept going and was happy and proud to finish.  I even started an everyday May challenge but by day twenty I got blog block and decided that I had, had it.

I totally enjoyed visiting others like PoketheRock and Pigeonhousehandmade but as I visited other blogs the burning question for me was still where do I fit in?  I am certainly not an author or want to be one.  I am a crafter but I love to also write so I really do not fit in there.  I love home decor and like to sometime display my home improvements but I am really not part of that group.  I have grown children so I am way past how to keep your children busy during summer vacation blogs.

So the question returns Where do I fit in?

Still really not sure but I am having fun writing, meeting new people and learning lots of new things along the way.

MaryAnn, you fit in right here with us: The alphabet loving, April Challenge folks! So glad you joined us in April, and thanks for being here today.


Jeremy [Retro] said...

remember sometimes no fitting in, allows you to fit in perfect. many sites have their certain something, separates from the herd... sometimes we get noticed, i still keep crossing my fingers.

great post, thank you...

Jeremy H.

New Look, Same Suff...
It's not easy...

Unknown said...

Thanks Jeremy I appreciated you nice words.

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MunirGhiasuddin said...

I can see why you fell into the trap of writing. It is because you can express yourself so well. Here in the world of bloggers, there is no click, no office politics and definitely no discrimination at all.
Welcome and enjoy writing cause I know that we will enjoy when you write !

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi MaryAnn .. well done for plucking up courage gathering your net pen and posting some A-Z posts .. it's a great meeting place with loads of interesting subjects and such supportive bloggers ..

Cheers and here's to next year .. Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Even when you're a writer, it doesn't always feel like you fit.
Glad you powered through the Challenge.

Unknown said...

Thanks all for you nice comments, I have really enjoyed the challenge and being part of this group. Looking forward to next year.

country dumb said...

Kudos to you MaryAnn! Ive followed the A to Z blog but have yet to make the commitment to do it! Im with you about fitting in. My kids are grown, I dabble in varied interests. I blog because I too like to write. So keep on doing it and it will find its place!!!!

Jemima Pett said...

Thank you so much, Mary Ann. I was thinking of saying something like - you fit right in, you're great, and I love your craft/writing combo.

And then I remembered that I'd been having the same thoughts recently, but not articulating them like that. This is where I fit in too, I'm right where I want to be, and "sausages" to those people around me that think I'm somehow odd!


TaMara Sloan said...

I think everyone has their "I don't fit in" moments. I blogged about mine a few months ago. I've since decided that by not fitting into one particular nitch, I am actually able to be parts of lots of different "groups".

Unknown said...

Wow everyone its so nice to hear that others feel the same way. Thanks all

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