So…I was talking to my mom the other day about posting, or rather not posting on my blog. I’ve been experiencing a really, really bad case of the “who really cares?” thought process this is out of my comfort zone. I mean really, if I can’t even get excited about a topic, then how can I expect anyone else to get excited? Right?
But then, in her infinite mom wisdom, she says to me: ”Write for yourself, don’t worry if it will interest anyone else.” (paraphrasing here) The whole point is to write about stuff I’m interested in talking about, not about stuff I’m not interested in. I mean what the heck, it’s not like a job…I’m not getting paid to do this stuff. I mean who would pay me for this anyway?
Needless to say, this has sparked my thinking about my insecurities, my writing, what is interesting to me, what I like to read, do and watch…yeah, just a couple thoughts now whirling through my head. A lot of my inspiration for starting this blog was from reading other blogs. One of my two absolute favs is Epbot by Jen of CakeWrecks fame. I hardly ever read CakeWrecks, but I NEVER miss a post in Epbot.
Epbot is where Jen posts about “Geeky, Girlie and Goofing Off”. Sharing her geeky love of Steampunk, movies, video games, cosplay and diy/crafting with her husband, John, she posts pics from geeky conventions, tutorials for anything from home décor to cosplay. But she also opens up about her health issues, both physical and mental. She has created this safe zone for those of us with anxiety, depression, introverted, geeky, crafty and a love of cats. Ok, none of those are a prerequisite but they work for me and my issues, worries, thoughts, anxieties, etc…
Jen created Epbot in 2010 and I stumbled across it about four years ago from a Pinterest search for Christmas ornament tutorials when I found this post about hot air balloon ornaments. I’ve been hooked ever since. But what brings up the subject is something new Jen has created…Fans of Epbot! In it’s simplest form, it is a Facebook page for fans of her blog. But it is so much more! The page was born of the inspiration of Jen’s blogpost, “We Should Make Adult Playdates A Thing (But Not In A Kinky Way)”. In this post she bemoans the inability for all her Epbot readers to be able to interact with each other as they already have the blog in common and from comments they leave appear to have other things/interests as well.
With the creation of a closed Facebook page, readers have been introducing themselves and sharing their geeky as well as crafty selves. Additionally, there has been an outpouring of support for those having a tough time with everything from craft problems to both physical and mental issues. And true to the original intentions people are meeting up in their local areas.
One such meeting recently took place here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I pushed my anxieties to the side and went to meet another Fans of Epbot reader. We met up at a local bar and grill that hosts a weekly Geekswhodrink.com trivia night. The two of us enjoyed an amusing evening as well as finishing fifth out of eight teams!
It just goes to show, if you can find another person with similar interests you can climb out of your comfort zone and have an enjoyable time!