Blogging crisis post

Argh. So hackneyed. If I publish this, my faithful readers (lovelies, all both of you) will leap in to say that they don’t care what I write about, they like to read it anyway. And the rest of the world will respond with resounding silence because they don’t read my blog, and that’s fine because I don’t need them to.

But if I don’t need them to, then why not just post whatever I want? Why do I keep saving half-written drafts and then letting them just die?

I can give myself all the advice, because I’ve given it to others over and over. Write what you feel, write from the heart, write for yourself, write what you know. Write as if nobody’s reading. Decide on your direction¬†and don’t lose focus. Take a break and wait for your mojo to regenerate. Don’t force it.

This is what I’m not writing about, and how I’m not writing it:

  • My lifestyle blog would be posting about our finally made-beautiful new¬†shower and all the muffins I’ve baked recently.
  • My social conscience blog would be posting about abortion, and the relative situations in Ireland and the US.
  • My literary blog would be posting a lyrical description of the dappled sunshiney autumn outside my kitchen window right now.
  • My parenting blog would tell you how school is going for Dash and Mabel, some challenges we’ve faced or are facing or are muddling through, the way everyone does all the time, with no great insights.
  • My special-interest blog would tell you about the dyslexia-related book I’m reading and how it might or might not help you or your dyslexic loved one.
  • My ex-pat blog would … oh, I don’t know, come up with some subtle differences in language or accent or tone or signage to symbolize my sense of displacement and/or growing acceptance of life in America.
  • My hilarious humour blog would tell you a couple of vaguely amusing stories about the time when I texted the wrong number about a bike for sale, or thought Dash was on a conference call when it was actually one of his teachers, or how the guy who did our shower thought he’d found a paper bag of fifties under our floorboards. All of which were funny/mortifying at the time, but really, can I muster the energy…?
  • My writer blog would talk about what I’m writing, or not writing at the moment, and how that’s going and how I approach it and all that stuff that’s only interesting if it actually turns out I’m writing a book that will really be a book, not just a bunch of words on a computer that took a lot of time when I should have been contributing to the household finances.
  • My lazy blog would stick up a bulleted list or a bunch of pictures and call it done.

Which blog will I be today?

Mabel by a lake

Random photo. A walk on a proper Irish grey day. No dappled sunshine to be seen.

13 thoughts on “Blogging crisis post

  1. Helen O'Keeffe

    For what it’s worth – and you know I’m a patchy blogger at the best of times, I think just writing is the important part. Hitting publish is a bonus sometimes but keeping the stream of consciousness is always good.

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    1. Maud Post author

      That’s a good way to think about it. But I suppose I like the validation when I get a post out there and see a few reactions come in in return. I’m very shallow, really.

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  2. Fionnuala

    I really enjoy the “muddled niche blog” as I recently saw it termed. Keep going. Your niche is you. Your life. Your thoughts. Regardless of topic. That’s why I read it. Better a well-written post now and again than a barrage of tripe and photos. X

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    1. Maud Post author

      Muddled niche, I like that. And evidently I do have plenty of material, since I managed to bang out that list and I’ve since thought of a couple of things I left out. Thanks for the voice of support!

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  3. Joanna

    Ah, listen, take your own advice or don’t take any advice at all, there’s nothing to be fixed here, there are no blogging rules or categories except the ones bloggers choose to impose on themselves. I like your post title…I thought your blog had somehow been deleted from the internet and you’d lost all your online writing, now *that* would be a blogging crisis. It’s entirely conceivable anyway that any post, even the best one ever written in the history of blogging (and you have a big share in that) just doesn’t get seen by the people you want to see it. Keep on keeping on! And I love the photo.

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  4. tric kearney

    I love reading your blog and all the other blogs which are a mix of all kinds of everything. They are my favourites. So as far as I’m concerned any and all of your possible posts would have kept me happy. I don’t always comment but I almost always read, because I enjoy what you write and how you write.

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  5. ellen brophy

    I’m only starting but I have set a deadline of two posts a week and each day I panic…. what am I going to write??? I have loads of ideas but when I go to commit them to print they are not as good as I had envisioned. Then I’m afraid to read other parenting blog for fear of plagiarizing others ideas. All things considered though I’m enjoying the experience and the self inflicted pressure.

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    1. Maud Post author

      I think two a week is good – it’s where I am when I’m just blogging steadily and not heading off into a tailspin with existential blogging crises. Read other blogs because you’re interested in what they have to say or what they say it, and you won’t have to worry about plagiarism.

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  6. Lisa - Four Walls, Rainy Days

    I’m a big fan of the mix of the above – a bit of variety is fab, it becomes much more of a ‘you as a person” blog rather than a specific niche – we don’t talk about the same things every day, so why pigeonhole our writing? Keep doing what makes YOU happy to do on your blog and let the rest of us just tag along for the ride.

    Says the girl with 6 half written drafts and labelling her blog “that thing I really need to do” this week. Ahem.

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