Thoughts on blogging...
I think that bloggers should just have the freedom to be themselves, the freedom to just be. To post what they want to post, when they want to post. The freedom to blog without anyone saying do this, not that.
I think sometimes bloggers (all bloggers, all blog communities--at least the ones I'm familiar with) over-analyze things. Sometimes you can think too much. Sometimes by evaluating and re-evaluating and re-re-evaluating, you end up more confused and more frustrated than you were to begin with. (Now some reflection is good, I'm not saying never think about your blog, never evaluate your goals, never ask yourselves hard questions. But all in moderation. Remember that blogger angst can be spread easily.) I think bloggers put a lot of pressure on themselves when they don't need to, when they don't have to. I think it's easy to become discouraged when you start comparing yourself to others. I definitely think blogging should not be a competition.
There is no exact formula to follow. You don't have to follow a certain format, a certain style. You don't have to model what you do based on what others in the community do. Differences are a good thing. Individuality should be celebrated.
And wouldn't it be wonderful if guilt could be eliminated from the blog community? If bloggers could stop feeling guilty for not being perfect, for being human, for living their own lives, for being too busy to focus solely on blogging, for putting other things in their lives first, for taking time away from the computer, for not having the time to comment on the blogs they read, for not having time to read all the blogs they'd like to, for marking all posts read in their google readers, for not finishing every reading challenge they've signed up for--even if they're the host. Wouldn't it be great if bloggers could accept the fact that they're human... That there is no way to do it all; no way to please everyone; no way to balance it all. That it is okay to just be.
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