Have you ever written a post apologizing for not posting in a while, or not holding to your schedule? I haven’t, but the thought has crossed my mind. Until I decided that probably no one even notices! I mean, my blog is not a major magazine or news site. And I seriously doubt people are sitting around wondering, “I wonder why Sheila hasn’t posted in a while!”
But mostly because I believe blogging (like any activity) should enhance our lives, not make them stressful!
Numerous posts have been written on the topic of blogging without obligation. Which present the idea that perhaps we need to rethink what makes a good blog, and the expectations that come with that.
I love blogging and find it a rich and rewarding experience, and a great way to make new friends. Yet there’s actually quite a bit of work to it. First there is the setting up and tweaking of the site. Then all the time to write and edit posts, and choose images to go with them. And time to maintain social media profiles so readers can follow more easily.
And finally, encouraging the other bloggers we follow. Sure, I could just go through and and click “Like” without reading or barely reading all those posts. But that lacks authenticity, and actually seems a bit deceitful. Just like a bunch of posts so they’ll like mine too.
If your mind is able to handle such a huge influx of reading, great, but mine can’t! And trying to read too many posts becomes a chore instead of enjoyable.
So I’d like to look at blogging from the viewpoint of stewardship.
With all that’s involved with setting up and keeping a good blog, it could easily take over. Which is why when I first read a blogging without obligation post, it really made me think. First, that I don’t want blogging to take over my life. And second, that if I find it hard to keep up, perhaps my readers do too. Especially fellow bloggers, who sometimes follow dozens of other blogs.
And that’s why I’ve formulated my own Slow Blogging Manifesto. Because blogging should be a joy, not drudgery! Both for me and for my readers!!
My Blogging Manifesto:
- My blog is a tool for expressing my thoughts, connecting with others, or possibly earning income — not the most important thing in my life.
- No one is likely to inscribe my blog stats or comment numbers on my gravestone after I’m gone!
- As the author and creator of my blog, I (and not others) have the right to determine how I want my blog to be.
- I do not want to view my blog as an obligation or drudgery. By blogging when I want to and am able to, I will probably keep my blog longer and enjoy it more!
- Neither the length or frequency of my blog posts determine my blog’s quality.
- I recognize that not everything I do or experience is “bloggable.”
- I will remind myself that (as with many things) less is more.
- I understand that blogging only when truly inspired will make my blogging voice more authentic and my blog more integral.
- I will not sacrifice my offline life or real relationships for my blog.
- I will keep in mind that perhaps readers don’t want to try to keep up with a huge amount of reading!
- And I will remember that it’s good to just step back and enjoy life! There is more to life than blogging!
So a less stressful blogging? Yes, please! How about you?
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