Do what? Create blog content that’s what. I am at a loss to figure out how some people can create so much content for their blogs while I currently find my brain lacking stimulus and my life pretty uneventful.
There are bloggers out there who create one and sometimes more than one post every twenty-four hours. I couldn’t do that unless I fully detail every load of laundry, every meal, every walk or yoga routine and every trip to the bathroom on a daily basis. Doing that would put ME to sleep. I couldn’t do that unless I was permanently positioned in front of my computer, which sounds a bit too much like my former career to make me want to do it again. I couldn’t do that unless I was much more dedicated than I currently am.
Out of curiosity, however, I did take a look around the blogosphere to get an idea how it is done by the professionals and the devoted. Some bloggers read a lot of legitimate magazines and newspapers and comment on articles and stories to keep their blogs interesting and current. I have to admit, I do admire those who take the time to do this. They are so much more aware than I. I think about them for short periods before I bury my head in my latest jigsaw puzzle or decided to practice the piano with the intent of trying to impress JT who is attempting to teach me to play. I do all of this while hoping that some sort of blog idea will pop into my head.
Other bloggers have been creating posts for so long that they have an archive full of material that can be recycled. Posts that are old enough that they are not always remembered by many original followers so can be re-enjoyed. Plus these repeat posts will be enjoyed for the first time by newer fans. Wow. Wow! To have so much inventory is also inspiring to me as I have only been at this for a year and a half and am already blogging about family birthdays. I have no problem doing this, but I doubt if the subject matter draws new readers.
There are those who have monetized their blogs and therefore use it as an income stream. In other words they have made blogging into a job. These people, often influencers and trendsetters, work very hard at content. Boy I wish I could have done that when I was younger, but these days I have no interest in doing so; and besides I have never been trendy, nor have I had much influence over anyone EVER. I actually pay to keep the ads off my blog site because as a former graphic designer, I can’t stand the look and clutter of ugly ads breaking up my paragraphs. This assault on my paragraphs also offends the writer in me because it disrupts the reader in me’s ability to focus. This could be saying more about me than most other readers. I do have focus issues.
After being witness to the flurry of new and frequent posts by some of the bloggers I follow, I was feeling a bit inadequate. Lacking words and ideas. I even tossed out a few more posts than usual myself in December, but I can’t say that they were exciting or awe inspiring. They were sentimental gifts to people I love and moments in time. Some weren’t even bitchy. But then not all are. And that is the point. When I decided to start blogging, it was to give myself a creative outlet in the form of a writing exercise where I could go on about anything I wanted. Stories, observations and rants. (I do love to tell stories and rant.) It was a new and very enjoyable hobby, and it continues to be that way. So despite some humming and hawing about creating more content, This bitch decided that she liked the status quo of relying on whatever pops into her head. It may not be a successful blogging or business model, but that was never my objective. Kudos to all the successful bloggers out there. I admire your tenacity and your ability to sometimes entertain me.
Thank you for reading.
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