Sometimes I wonder why I blog.
I see various comments, or posts, or tweets about things that people like or dislike about blogs they read and I start to compare my blog to those opinions.
That’s all those comments are. opinions. They don’t speak for everyone, it’s just their personal preference.
But, I still can’t stop comparing myself to others.
I didn’t start blogging to become part of a community. I didn’t start blogging to get a lot of readers. I didn’t start blogging to be scrutinized, or smooshed into some category of bloggers.
I started blogging in 2006 because I was bored. Chris & I had just moved to Davenport and I didn’t have a job yet. I sat at home during the day when I wasn’t out looking for a job. I was in new place, and I would write about whatever. That was back in the day of Myspace blogs.
I just want to be me. I want to write about whatever I want to write about. If I want to add 80 pictures of me with stupid faces then I will.
If I want to write about fishing 4 weekends in a row, because that’s what I did, then I will.
This is my life, and that’s what I want to write about. I don’t want to feel pressured to talk about running, because honestly, running is really pissing me off right now. But I feel like, “well, maybe some of my readers only read because I run then I’m obligated to talk about running.”
Then I think, “Would I be better off if I did themed days?” Y’know, Three things Thursday, What I ate Wednesday.. and whatever else people in the blog land do. Maybe readers would like more structure? Don’t get it twisted, there is nothing wrong with structured days. I enjoy reading them on other people’s blogs- I just don’t think it’s for me. It’s not my style.
I think I need to branch out in the blogs I read. Maybe that is effecting the way that I think about my own blog. I read a lot “health & fitness” blogs, and while they are all different they are very much alike. I think I need to read other kinds. suggestions.
What are your favorite non-health related blogs. Do you have a mixture of blogs, or do you pretty much read all H&F blogs?
No one is putting any pressure on me besides myself. I feel this pressure to make my blog bigger & better. Sometimes I have internal battles with myself about whether or not I care how many readers I have.
The truth is: I don’t care. I blog because I truly enjoy to write. I actually liked writing papers in school, I know, that is so weird.
So. My blog is what it is, nothing more and nothing less. I give myself the right to bitch if I want to, and post 1, 000 pictures of fishing if I want to. If you like, that’s great, if you don’t…well sorry, but I’m not sorry.