I’ve seen a number of posts lately advising me where to find inspiration for blog posts if I don’t have any ideas of my own.
My thinking is that if you haven’t anything to write about, why push it?
Having said that, I confess this post is written because I haven’t posted in a while and feel I ought to register that I’m still here.
The blogging gurus tell me I should post regularly to stay on people’s radar – several times a day, according to one adviser.
And he does!
I skim over his alerts these days. His articles were helpful first time around, but I don’t need to read them again, whether or not they’ve been re-worded.
I know some people blog every day towards a target, while others would miss their daily writing if prevented – and that’s fair enough. I never have kept a journal of any kind.
I have trouble as it is keeping up with real life away from my laptop. (Or away from my notebook, if I’m brainstorming).
Much as I would like to think someone’s noticed that I haven’t blogged lately, I know nobody is going to miss my
pearls of wisdom nuggets of nonsense. Just as I don’t notice when better bloggers than I haven’t posted for a while. (Unless they post to point out that they haven’t posted in a while.)
I no longer get email alerts for all the blogs I follow because my inbox was getting silly, but I do check through the WordPress Reader every day for new posts from my followed sites. So, to break my blogging silence, I thought I would share with you some reasons why I skim past those posts that I don’t open.
(Not that I’m suggesting such posts shouldn’t be blogged. These bloggers have volumes of followers I could only dream of. They are of interest to many; just not to me.)
I regularly pass over…
- “It’s Monday so it must be a prompt/song/photo/silly word…” unless there’s a reason why it might interest me. My week’s too short.
- Anything that begins with a number gets passed over – “5 reasons to get up in the morning”, “8 ways you can annoy your boss”, “Peter Rabbit’s 10 tips for scrumping lettuces…” The blogging gurus recommend lists, since bullet points aid clarity as a training tool, but they seem to aim their advice at bloggers marketing lifestyle books or monetising their blogs and I’m not selling anything. (Well… a book now and then would be nice. But unexpected and always celebrated.)
- Political rants – but now I’m straying into the realms of blogs I wouldn’t normally follow anyway. Politicians are a cross we all have to bear, and I get enough bad news on the TV.
To be honest, I am often surprised at the posts that I do find myself reading, or diverting to. Many of them I would never have gone searching for. I am also constantly surprised by the people who read mine.
Thank you for reading, and commenting, and for sending me – in your own blogs – down pathways I would never have travelled by myself.