Confessions of a blogger

16 September 2014

Confessions of a BloggerMore confessions! Why not. This one was introduced by Megan of The Nerdy Girlie. At first I wasn’t sure I’d participate in this one, especially with doing the Geeky Confessions as well. But, you know, part of the blogging community is growing and learning through the advice and example (and maybe mistakes?) of others.

Also, this topic sort of reminds me when I’d get together with my 20SB friends way back when and we’d chat all day about various blogging things. Ok. We’d talk about life stuff too, but blogging was a huge part of our lives as well. Anyway…

My blogging confessions…

» For years, I’d write a post and then publish it immediately. Nothing was planned out. I’m talking years of this. But for the last year, I’ve actually taken to scheduling 99% of my posts. Yeah, I’ll still have my impromptu spontaneous posts, but for the most part, everything’s written a day in advance. Even a few weeks in some cases. A lot of this came up from having a busy work schedule. I’d come home and be too tired to write. So I’d make use of my weekends, writing a few posts at a time and the scheduling them throughout the week. Even though I’m unemployed, I still sort of keep this habit. This doesn’t mean, though, that I’m actually good at keeping to a schedule, though.

» Sometimes I feel like the golden era of the blogger is over. I think it’s just me being nostalgic for my early days of blogging. (Ok, maybe not the early early days, but like, the early 20sb days.) Where we aspired to be vulnerable in our writing, and brands were just understanding the value of a blogger. I don’t really know what’s changed, but something has. Maybe it’s not a bad thing. I love the communities I’m in now, the people I’m meeting, and I feel like my content is stronger. Maybe I’m just out of the honeymoon phase with my blogger and settling into the comfortable routine part…

» I am terrible at commenting on other people’s blogs. This has been something I’ve been trying to work on since I started blogging. I feel like I’m better now, but still, I know there’s more I could do. I love reading blogs, but I need to find a better way for me to show my love for fellow bloggers.

» I don’t really get Bloglovin’… I mean, I’m on it… and I’ve tried to use it… But for me, it’s a terrible way to read blogs. Give me my RSS reader any day. And, well, with the death of the google reader, a lot of things have changed. But Feedly! Feedly is my main source for blog reading. (And please, people, use full posts and not excerpts.) I know, though, if I developed a better habit of using it, maybe that would help with my commenting issue — I could just like the posts when I want to show love but don’t know what to say.

» Personal blogging is the only blogging for me. I tried niching out. I had a food blog. I had a religion blog. I even had an endometriosis blog. But they never lasted. All I know is my life, so what better lens to write through? I could see myself contributing to a niched blog, but this will probably always be my main outlet.

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