Some people jump into blogging with both feet, others wiggle their toes in the water before easing into the online world. Me? I'm definitely the latter. I've been slow to commit. With malice aforethought, I deliberately started my blog on April 1 so that I would always have an easy out. It could be my own private April Fool's Day Joke. During the first year, I celebrated each milestone - one month, six months and one year. This gave me the opportunity to reflect on the act of blogging and ask myself some questions. Should I be doing something more productive with my time in Paris, like improving my French or taking art history classes? Should I get a real job? Was I still having fun?
Since the answer to the last question was always a resounding "yes", I kept on blogging. But I could tell that part of me still wasn't ready to make the final commitment because I balked at the idea of getting blogger business cards. At meetups in Paris, there was always an awkward pause after someone gave me their card and waited for me to reciprocate. I couldn't. My solution was to jot my name and telephone number, which I had to look up because I don't know it by heart, on a ragged slip of paper. It worked for me. I wanted to keep my relationship with blogging casual.
While I'm still not sure that I'm ready to fully commit to blogging, my attitude towards having business cards has changed thanks to some gentle, and not so gentle, nudging by others. When Sylvia, who's always busy doing a million things of her own, offered to help me make some cards, I knew that I had to do something. So, I mentioned my dilemma to Stephane, who immediately consulted an expert in design, our son. During a Skype brainstorming session, we threw around some ideas for an "Out and About" business card. Since my profile picture is one of me going through the turnstile of the metro, it didn't take us long to come up with a card that looks like a metro ticket. Within a couple of hours, we had sent Philippe a photo of a real ticket and he had created an astonishingly close facsimile, with all of my contact information. Getting the final product took a little longer than expected because of the high cost of printing the cards in France. Fortunately, I have connections in Boston, so Philippe had them printed there at a drastically reduced rate. They recently arrived in the mail and I can't wait to start passing them out. Best of all, they were a true labor of love. Thanks, Philippe, of PNB - Design!