I’ve long suspected that one has to be a real Scotsman to enjoy haggis. Certainly I am not the only person I’ve ever met who has found even the idea of a sausage made from sheep’s heart and liver mixed with oatmeal and onions to be frankly repulsive. Not that I have anything against my Scottish friends, mind you. Certainly I have many times enjoyed attending our local Highlands Festival where the people watching (think big red-headed guys, sometimes wearing their kilts regimental style) is always a highlight. I’ve long wanted to visit Scotland, and some time ago even blogged about Scottish cookbooks. But haggis? Meh.
I woke up at a reasonable hour this morning, but I woke up dog tired. I still have a bit of a sleep deficit owing I’m afraid. I’ve long known that crowd sourcing is a hugely useful tool for bloggers, so when I couldn’t seem to get my befuddled brain to come up with a topic for this post, I turned to Empire Avenue missions to pick the brains of a few friends. Liz Pullen made a great suggestion:
@libdrone Grammar Nazis: Purists nobly perserving a language or just people who enjoy finding fault and correcting others?
Had I been more fully awake, I might well have gone with that one. While I try so hard not to be a grammar Nazi myself, I really do care about speaking and writing correctly. (Although I also acknowledge that language is a living thing, constantly evolving to meet the needs of those who use it.) Much as I genuinely liked the topic, I just didn’t think I could wax eloquent about it for four hundred words today. My friend Mandy it turned out had the #winning idea:
@libdrone - worst onscreen couples ever? Strangest wedding ceremonies? The benefits of haggis in your daily diet? I’m grasping here…
This was I knew what I needed to write about. With Nazis and haggis in my title this post is sure to do great with search engines. It also provided multiple opportunities to link to some of my older blog posts. Best of all, writing this post helped me to realize a bit of the zen of personal blogging. Like comedian Jerry Seinfeld said of his long running television show, it’s a blog about nothing in particular. (Or like my friend Holly, who refers to her specialty as the “no niche niche”.) I have to say that I’ve found so much freedom in being able to write about whatever I feel like each day. And I’ve also re-learned the core lesson that just being yourself is the best way to reach an audience online.