When almost eight-five pound Bonnie lumbered toward the meter reader today, I was horrified (at her exuberance) and I think the meter reader was too! I yelled, "She's okay!" I ran toward them as he was aiming his pepper spray.
Bonnie was only greeting our visitor with the enthusiasm she greets each new thing or person...with curiosity, friendliness and an mind open to a new adventure.
Thankfully, the man heard me, knew dogs and read the signs that Bonnie, although a "Big Bad Pit Bull" was not dangerous at all. During our conversation I learned our house had been marked "Bad Dog-Use Spray". Bonnie delightfully danced around our young meter reader with the joy and abandonment of a child in a toy store.
Anyway, happy ending...except when the next new meter reader comes. Because of one man in the past who feared dogs, we are forever branded as "Bad Dog-Use Spray". It wasn't even because of Bonnie. My other dogs do their job and bark to announce visitors. They greet them. They don't jump up. They don't growl. They don't bite. They just check out the visitors. And this has left us forever labeled.
I said all that, I think, to say this. The quality of my posts are suffering for some unknown reason. Volume does not a blog make. I want you to be entertained by what I write. I want you to ENJOY the visit. I can't expect that of every post because every person is different but at least once a week I would like to write a post that touches YOU or makes you think from a different angle or even just makes you smile. That is why I write. I've lost sight of that by imposing quantity requirements I've pulled from
My followers have thinned. Comments have decreased. Jumping through hoops to entertain is not something I've ever been good at doing. Creating on demand is fun but I feel I have lost quality and part of myself in doing that.
As a rabid reader of Insecure Writer's Support Group and with their great encouragement I can finally admit I Am A Writer. Sometimes I'm a good writer, other times, not so much.
I intend to work on that and might not be here every day. My three thousandth posting I just celebrated will grow smaller as I thin.
In doing this I hope to mirror Bonnie's enthusiasm by greeting the day with curiosity, friendliness and an open mind ready for a new adventure.