But enough about me.
I'm typing this on the fourth of July right now and I'm sure for a lot of people this date seems insignificant. But it just so happens to be the day that our Declaration of Independence was signed and ratified and we began a movement that eventually freed us from Great Britain's rule. I'm sure that was a nice American history lesson for everyone.
If you can't tell I'm rambling because I kept putting off writing this post and now there is little time for me to write something significant. I actually have a post half written about grief and all these nonhappy feelings I've been feeling lately, but it's been a slow process putting my emotions into writing.
So without a better idea to lean on, I'm going to do a little bit of a throwback to one of my older blog posts entitled: Why I Hate Blogging.
I'll be hitting the one year mark of my blog later this month and as I was drawing my thoughts from the past twelve months to make some overly cliche post about my one year anniversary, my mind took a different train for a moment. Instead of focusing on all the fantastic times I've had blogging, I've decided to take another approach:
Why I Hate Blogging
Note: This won't replace my soon to come one year anniversary post.
1. Everyone Can Do It
The biggest beauty of blogging is ironically its greatest downfall. Creating your "one of a kind" blog is as simple as an email address and five minutes. Websites and other bloggers promise that everyone can do it, but in reality they can't and probably shouldn't. As harsh as this sounds, some people are just plain boring (and I hope I'm not perceived as one of them).
2. It's a Number Game
This is my biggest pet peeve of blogging. Everyone's obsession is either directly or indirectly related to the numbers that appear on their blog's dashboard. And I've fallen prey to this compulsion
once twice multiple times before, but I've noticed some people take these figures too far. It's a sucky realization that people aren't reading your blog as much as you want them to, but every once in a while we just all need to chill out and have a muffin. If you're writing for page views and followers, you're doing it wrong.
3. Comments are More of a Way to Promote Your Blog Instead of Your Thoughts and Ideas
I want to take back my first statement in #2, because I have changed my mind. THIS IS MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE OF ALL TIME BLOGGING OR NOT. This loops back to number two like a big Christmas bow because it's probably one of the most common pawns in the number game of blogging. People leave two word comments with their blog linked to the end of their not so insightful words. Don't get me wrong, people who leave meaningful comments and then put their blog's URL at the end don't bother me. It's more like those who say "nice post *insert blog*" and call it day.
I usually don't leave my blog's URL at the end of my own comments and I usually don't mind when others do, but there's a boundary between commenting to promote your blog and commenting because you have something to say. Luckily, I've never had a comment left on my own personal corner of the internet aka my blog where the commentor's sole purpose was to endorse their blog, but it doesn't mean I don't see it happen ALL THE TIME.
4. People Quit Writing
Sometimes I see blogs that have lost the meaning of writing a blog somewhere between them posting every single day and their 1,000 blog followers that they most likely accumulated from "love your blog do you think you could check out mine?" type comments. They crank out meaningless posts of random pictures and copy and pasted recipes like a blog writing factory with the saying "less is more" meaning nothing to them.
Instead of writing a thoughtful post once or twice a week, they find a way to copy and paste a post together every single day, completely defeating the purpose of a blog: to write.
For a blog with the word sunset in the title, I sure don't post enough of these. And a big thanks for enduring my post from way back when (November to be exact).
Have a fabulous day.