I’ll be the first to admit that blogging about blogging can be…well, weird. But I’m going to do it anyway. Sorry. Feel free to move along to the next blog in your feed reader. I won’t be offended in the least.
I normally shy away from it (blogging about blogging, that is), but when I’ve taken a prolonged and unanounced blog hiatus, I feel somehow compelled to show up here and apologize for my lack of blogging. Or explain why I haven’t been blogging. Or tell you what I have been doing instead of blogging.
At the same time, when it’s been weeks and weeks since I blogged anything, I wonder if it’s about time to shut down Callapidder Days. (Ugh. Even writing that sounds all melodramatic and ridiculous. Sorry again.) After all, if I can walk away for weeks, maybe I have very little left to say.
Or maybe it’s just that my idea of what blogging is has become overly complex in the 6+ years that I’ve been blogging here. I do admit, when I think about “Being a Blogger,” there are voices in my head that tell me I need to:
- Blog daily
- Utilize an editorial calendar
- Promote my blog on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and everywhere else in the social networking universe
- Develop my own unique and engaging voice
- Read and comment on tons of other blogs
- Say fascinating things on Twitter throughout the day
- Develop a niche for my blog and make sure my posts support and relate to that niche
- Attend blogging conferences
- Create Pinterest boards that are followed by many
- Follow, read, and comment on all the “big names” in the bloggy world
Just reading that list makes me tired. The truth is: I don’t have the time or mental energy (or, honestly, desire) to be that kind of blogger right now. I just don’t.
So I suppose it’s no wonder that when those voices give me that to-do list every time I think about maintaining my blog…I would rather go read a book or take a nap. Or maybe both.
But there’s another option. I can simplify things. I can throw that list out the window. I can just write. Write what I feel like writing, when I feel like writing it. I can write about every topic under the sun, or nothing in particular at all, and just forget about niches.
I can visit other blogs when I have the time and inclination, but feel free to walk away from the computer whenever I want to. I can say mundane things on Twitter. I can ignore Pinterest and skip blogging conferences.
Oh, I know that you already knew all that. So mostly, I’m talking to me. I’m giving myself permission to make this blog fit my personality, my schedule, my energy level, and my season of life. Permission to stop reading all the tweets and posts out there about “Being a Great Blogger.”
I’m adopting an attitude of Blogging Freedom and giving up the idea of Blogging Perfection.
Are you rolling your eyes and muttering under your breath about the excessive melodrama and navel-gazing going on here today? If you are, I get that. I’m doing a bit of that myself. So for both our sakes, I’ll try to keep the whole “blogging about blogging” thing to a minimum for a while.
And I’ll hope that processing some of these thoughts “out loud” gives me a fresh appreciation for the whole blogging thing…and that I’ll show up here more often!