Earlier this week, Megan of the awesome The Nerdy Girlie shared her own blogging confessionsand asked readers to the do the same. Ok, scary, introspective challenge accepted! Here are my five blogging confessions.
1. One More Blog?
There are so many blogs out there, and so many are just insanely fantastic (um, have you checked out The Nerdy Girlie? What are you waiting for?). In fact, there are close to four hundred members of our Female Geek Bloggers G+ group. Sometimes that sheer number is really intimidating, and doubt can really creep into my head. Does anyone really need to read another Doctor Whopost in the blogosphere when someone has probably already written a fantastic post? I have to fight that self-doubt and look at other fantastic bloggers as a source of inspiration, because that’s what they truly are.
2. If a Blog Is Written But No One Reads It, Is It Still a Blog?
It’s the old “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” conundrum. I know I have a
small minuscule number of readers, but I still blog, knowing that there are posts that I really worked hard on and love but may not be read. I write because I love it, but it’s human nature to want to share with an audience. This leads to my next big number…
3. Social Media Shyness
I am horrible at self-promotion. In fact, I think only a handful of people even know that I have a blog. I’m not sure why I haven’t told all my friends, who I know would check it out. I have maybe tweeted a link to a post maybe once, and it felt really…icky. I had contact cards made up for Comic-Con featuring my blog name, but again I felt weird handing them out to the people I talked to for hours in lines. I need to work on this.
4. Blog vs. Life
My job as an English teacher means that I almost always have a pile of essays to grade. At this exact moment, there is a stack of essay tests on my desk judging me for leaving them in their pretty purple folder, ungraded. Now, add excessive amount of time spent with friends to ensure good mental health. Throw in some yoga classes and a very strong desire to binge watch Netflix. All this leads to long stretches of time when I don’t post anything, even if I had a million ideas swimming in my head. I need to start planning ahead, and not just the particular season of Parks and Rec I plan to watch.
5. Questions, Questions, So Many Questions
I have no idea how to imbed a video on a post. I am not sure how to add a cute, catchy header on my blog. I have tried to add a link to our Female Geek Bloggers group on my blog with no success. Heck, I’m not even sure if I should take up WordPress on their constant offer to buy my own domain name. All these questions float around my head every time I write a post (including right now). I find many
answers through trial and much error and through great support systems out there, but sometimes all those questions seem overwhelming, especially when they seem embarrassingly obvious.
Well, those are my blogging confessions. Thanks, Megan, for your post and asking us all to share our own confessions. I have to say, it felt really, really therapeutic to write down these feelings. How about you, gentle reader? What are your blogging confessions?