I feel I should start by stating that I am not a fan of reality TV. Well, except So You Think You Can Dance because I LOVE watching the dancers. I would love to be a dancer - they are so strong and graceful and beautiful. I love how they can tell a story with their movements. But I will never be a dancer. Not of their caliber anyway. I am too old and it would take years for me to get in that kind of physical shape. So that ship sailed long (long!) ago.
But as I was catching up with my show on the DVR last night, something one of the dancers said struck me. She was on the show because she wanted to take her dancing “to the next level” and is from a small town without dance opportunities. I could immediately relate because that is exactly what I want to do with my blog.
I’ve been blogging for a little over a year, and during that time I’ve discovered that I really enjoy writing. A long time ago I knew that, but as I pursued other interests and life happened... I forgot.
I know there are things I can do to encourage my love of writing. I’ll be signing up for an Intro to Creative Writing class (or something similar) soon. Great, right? Time will tell. But that really doesn’t help me with my blog. How do I take THAT to the “next level”?
What does it even mean to take my blog to the next level? What is the next level? I really don’t know. So I am left to imagine what that next level is, and in today’s society it truly is a reality TV show.
Picture it: A lovely host whose name you aren’t familiar with but whose face you seem to recognize somehow (but can’t quite place from where) introduces you to a selection of freshmen bloggers each week. There is a interview with each blogger, showing her sitting at her computer with the voice over, “I started my blog after the birth of my first child as a way to share what was going on in my life with my family and friends.” Cut to shot of her playing with her child, who is a toddler now. “I really love blogging because I get to share all the parenting tips that have worked for me through all of Jake’s different ages and stages, but I feel like I’m ready to do more.” Cut to a shot of Blogger Mom with Hubby and Jake on the couch, Jake climbing over both of them as she says, “If I win this competition, it would be such a great boost to my blog! I really just want to make my husband and Jake proud of me.”
And this repeats four or five more times during the one hour show. Then the celebrity bloggers panel weighs in (you know who they are) with comments like: “She’s sweet, but I don’t know if she’s jaded enough to go big time” and: “I love her story about her first pregnancy - I’d really like to see her in the finals.”
You go to the show's website and “follow” the blog the contestants keep there and the one with the most followers by the next week moves on. At the end of six weeks, you have six finalists but the difference is the winner this time gets the GRAND PRIZE: Sponsorship from a toilet paper company for a YEAR!
Or some crap like that.
Ridiculous, you say? Bloggers can’t compete with one another! A popularity contest is no way to judge the merit of a blog!
Fine. I agree. But I don’t know what the next level is. If you do, please tell me.
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