Well yes, don’t you…ask yourself why you blog?
I often do.
The question creeps up on me when I start to feel the haven’t-posted-in-a-while anxiety and can’t shake it off…
Even my inner voice (yeah the one that wrote a poem about herself and her living arrangements) gets all flustered and raises her voice at me, “Wait a minute YOU, why do you worry so much about the intervals between posts? are we in a competition that I had no idea of? weren’t we doing this because you needed to vent?…no I did not take it personally, I understand that sometimes one needs to get out of ones head, your over-thinking makes it a bit crowded in here…any way… AND wasn’t this supposed to be a result of SUDDEN INSPIRATION and not FORCED INSPIRATION? You have said it yourself: Inspiration has its own timing! I think it does not care about the last time you posted, in fact, I think it shows its ugly face when you get like this and makes you all negative and THEN? will you put up a negative post like the ones RESENTFUL INSPIRATION sends your way? No, you won’t! So, shake it off because it’s contagious and find the answer to the question…ASAP, please :)”
That’s one situation that triggers THE QUESTION Why do I blog? (and THE VOICE’s retaliation)
However, there’s another detonator to that bomb: TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL BLOGGERS
Wow, do those super informative posts get me going crazy!
They make me question my existence in the blogosphere… If we had to earn our right to a place in the WP neighborhood (a.k.a. a blog), I’d be getting notices of eviction by now…
You know those posts: Turn your little excuse for a blog into the biggest blog there is! Get more traffic to your blog… SEO to increase views… etc
Don’t get me wrong…I am not criticizing them or the people who have a use for them… on the contrary, I WISH I FELT I had a need for them… because they’ve got fabulous ideas from expert bloggers, ideas that I’m sure work, but not for ME
For instance, the most common tip they give is to use social media, and well, you know where I stand on that (no FB for ME) and twitter, I used to tweet my posts but I stopped I don’t know why, so just from that single fabulous piece of advice I’m out of the game… then comes SEO, OMG… this is supposed to be spur-of-the-moment inspiration, no time for SEO… ooooh, comment on other blogs so they’ll come take a peek at yours, hhmmm, too sneaky, insincere, manipulative, self-serving… I do not, I repeat, I do not comment on other blogs just so those lovely people come over (besides they rarely do, imagine if I had my heart set on it, I’d be devastated)…or write really good posts –blank stare- according to whom?
As you can see, I am not made to have the biggest blog there is because maybe I want to keep it simple…my blog is the quirky one at the end of the block in the WP neighborhood, that people go by and say hey, today I’m in the mood for RANDOM let’s stop here and see what’s new and when they are not in the mood for random but for something deep or well structured, well thought out they keep going and find my lovely neighbors…
I think I’ve cleared things up for myself, I do not blog to be big because then I would be a failure due to my less than ideal ways of managing my blog…so, why do I blog? TO VENT, TO GO THROUGH MUCH NEEDED CATHARSIS, TO ANSWER MY LIFE QUESTIONS, and HOPEFULLY to CONNECT with like-minded people with a special liking for QUIRKY RANDOMNESS
My goodness INNER VOICE you were so right AGAIN!!
despite my stubborness and resistance to all the guidelines
I would like to write a post worthy
of being featured on WP Freshly Pressed
at least once 🙂
btw, I recently read a post that asked WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR BLOG POSTS? and it got me thinking…and I came to the conclusion that I would like to always have them with me, as a reminder of these times, the highly emotional blogging times in my life 🙂 check out the link to find out, I promise it’s a very cool idea
p.s. WP, I answered before you asked 🙂
I published this post on April 9th, 2013…
I hope I’m not breaking any WP rules in using it for today’s (April 16th)