This is the scratch pad. And frankly, using it kind of hurts, but I can’t help it.

Everyone needs a place to doodle. At least that’s my current working hypothesis. Or possibly, I just need way more warming up and practice before I ACTUALLY do something like write a book.

And since we’re on the topic, here is a totally mind-blowing doodle. This was created by Anthony Weeks DURING a talk that was given by Vikki Reich and Deborah Goldstein at the SalonLGBTQ conference – an event that I can’t stop talking about. Let me say that again just in case you missed it the first time: This was drawn WHILE they talked.

Anthony Weeks

I took exactly two notes and a crappy photograph of this incredible poster, by comparison. But if you can see near the top of the poster, Vikki and Deb were talking about why they blog. This is a great question. This is a question that I ask myself, often. Because it’s sometimes very painful, like biting my nails, which I also do. And it sometimes causes my hands to bleed.

And the more I blog, the more I realize that I’m probably the person getting the absolute most out of this. I know that for a fact, actually, because the stats tell me that I’m my biggest fan. Confession: I sometimes read my own posts 4 or 5 times. Why? Because I can’t remember what happened. And I re-read them to re-experience my life, because I find some posts quite funny and some quite sad. And after I forget about them, they’re funny and sad all over again. It’s kind of like 50 First Dates with myself. And I also do it for all of the same reasons that Deb and Vikki listed.

And really, I do it because I can’t help it. It makes me feel better. Like Deb said: “I need to do this.”  I’ve spent parts of my life “being a writer.” And parts of my life “not being a writer.” And I think that some of the point of this whole pointless life is to write stuff down and try to make sense of it. Or possibly to make nonsense out it, which I also do. And to laugh at it. And cry at it. But it’s also a special sort of hell. A bleeding one. Because good writing for me is like biting my nails. It involves my hands. It’s painful. And it’s only really good when you’re bleeding.

A special thank you to these ladies, who made it happen. Here is the dream team, the organizers, the get-er-done group that organized and executed on the conference. Thank you to Deb Rox (@debontherox), Polly Pagenhart (@lesbiandad), Susan Goldberg (@mamanongrata), Deborah Goldstein (@psandcs), and Vikki Reich (@uppoppedafox).

salon lgbtq

Follow this and a lot more on Facebook: 
Or find us on Twitter @7littlemexicans and #7LM
Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 © Sarah Ann Gilbert and Seven Little Mexicans, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sarah Ann Gilbert and Seven Little Mexicans with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

6 thoughts on “This is the scratch pad. And frankly, using it kind of hurts, but I can’t help it.

  1. I love, love, love the idea of “50 First Dates” with yourself! From now on instead of beating myself up for ‘ruining my stats’, I’m just going to think of it as dating myself. Hmm. Maybe I should go freshen up my lipstick before I click back over to my blog.

    • If you want to meet the love of your life, look in the mirror, said Byron Katie. Just be sure you’re wearing lipstick, said Amelia.

  2. I LOVED this! I actually once wrote a whole post on why I blog and it’s one of my faves… Speaking of, I totally read my own posts way too many times. I really hope Google Analytics is not tracking my page views on my blog. It would totally artificially inflate my popularity.

  3. I ask myself WHY once or twice a month or sometimes over and over for a whole week. When I’m asking WHY I step away from the keyboard. I usually bring myself back when I realize there doesn’t has to be a why, really. I need a few things in my life not to have a purpose. All the time. At least for me.

  4. I can totally relate to the ruining of the stats. I’ve been thinking about our little blog lately, which is basically hibernating. It was such a great thing, for processing & wasting time, while we were trying to MAKE a baby. Now that I’m busy GROWING one, not so much. But I bet we’ll come back to it. I mean, I know there are more recipes I want to be able find easily, and my partner actually IS a writer (she did all the good writing on our blog).

    For now I’m just content to sit back & read everyone else’s blogs (for a change).

Leave a Reply