Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Blogging Without Obligation

It's funny how stressed out I get about not blogging. Sometimes I have to remind myself why I do this--to help me become a better poet. I blog for me first, and the fact that anyone reads my work is a happy accident. (A big "DATING GAME" kiss for all those who read regularly.)

I blog without obligation ...

  • Because I shouldn't have to look at my blog as if it were a treadmill.

  • Because it's OK to just say what I have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

  • Because its OK to not always be enthralled with the sound of my own typing.

  • Because sometimes less is more.

  • Because only blogging when I feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of my blog.

  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe my stat, link, and comment numbers on my tombstone.

  • Because for most of us, blogging is just a hobby: a way to express yourself and connect with others. I should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. I should just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable."

  • Because if I blog without obligation, naturally I will keep my blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, I am doing my part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time ...

I originally got the idea from Bug, and took liberties on the copy from here. In the spirit in which the copy was originally posted, feel free to use this content in any way you see fit.


laundrygirl said...

I love it! Ahh - such freedom!

poet with a day job said...

I love this! I, too, will BWO! PS: Go Sox!

jillypoet said...

Maybe it's the warm northeast autmn weather, but, I am so on board with you! I just posted past night about this very phenomenon. To blog or not to blog. To poem or not to poem. And the guilt! I love the B.W.O. & the crow banner. Glad to know someone else is feeling the same feelings. And, by the way, you stated them so well!

January said...

I wish I could take writing credit for this but if you follow the link you can go to the original source.

To blog or not to blog? I have to say I'm surprised at how many peopl have stopped blogging recently.

Personally, I'm not going anywhere!

Goodnight, Mom said...

Amen! Great job!

pepektheassassin said...

Good job! Guilt-free blogging...what a unique concept! (I admit, I feel much less pressure now that the monthly PT column is kaput).

Tho' it was fun.

GreenishLady said...

When I discovered this, I found it so liberating. And having espoused these principles, I think I find myself more likely to post even at times when I don't have a lot of time. Life is too short for pinning ourselves into these strict "Have-to"s. Well done on taking up BWO

Emily said...

Ah...I really like this. Especially after taking a blogging reprieve! Well put.

wendy said...

Your son, in the above post...Is so unbelievable. WOW.

As to blogging...I couldn't agree more. Blogging is an act of faith. In the ability of words. To the power of words. To the belief of their magic rippling effect.

Comments..can sometimes challenge that faith to become more concrete.

oh..even though I am not even remotely a baseball person..Um..

Jenn said...

can i get an amen? why do we always put so much pressure on ourselves?


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