I had to laugh when I read Maria Schneider’s three rules of what “NOT” to do when you blog. Lately I have been breaking these rules, folks. There’s just no gettin’ around it.
Here’s her (paraphrased) rules and my boring, apologetic, complaints about them:
1. Don’t tell people up front they are going to be bored by your post.
I am assuming you’ll be bored when you read this post. I’m bored writing it. I should be in bed. I got up at 6:30am, people – after less than 6 hours of sleep… and it is nearly midnight… again. Not sure if I’m suffering from a massive case of blog block, or what? I wrote a post about that recently as well… something along the lines of “It is so hard to blog and do school in the summer”. There I go – complaining again (see #3). I don’t think I’ve ever come this close to considering taking a long break from blogging… but I have to admit that the thought has occurred to me lately that I may not recover from my funk in time to keep a weekly string of posts up. If you have read anything from Pro bloggers about blogging when you are bored – you’ll know they say NOT to do it. Content is king, cyber-friends. So WHY are you reading still? Boredom must love company like misery does. Maybe Maria is wrong about boredom-filled posts after all.
2. Don’t make excuses or stammer in your posts.
Well… umm… I … Uh… can’t help making excuses sometimes. At least, uh, lately, anyway. Making excuses is something I seem to be able to do with style. I surprise myself in the middle of them, even! I tell the entire blogosphere about how busy I am – when I know you are all just as busy. How very unfair of me. No one likes a complainer. Will you ever forgive me?
Is making excuses allowable if you’re as extra-real-busy as you say you are? Surely it counts as legit in a post written while you are in a crazed A.D.D. fit and you are causing your own busyness? And what if you can’t tell the difference between being really busy and just needing therapy?
3. Don’t announce a whine-fest.
Oops. I did that, too. Up there before #1. Yeah, told ya I was a rebel. I kind of like warnings if someone is going to complain about something, though… because then you don’t have to waste time reading the rest of the post or the blog – so it is actually a big time saver. Although you’ll probably never get this tip if you stopped reading up there before #1. Maybe she should change her #3 to say this “Don’t put anything IMPORTANT in your post AFTER announcing a complaint session”.
Now there. I feel better. I was fretting about skipping a few days again and Maria gave me something to blog about. I’m fresh out of interesting stuff, peeps. She warns us against publishing every mundane thought… but she doesn’t tell you what to do if all you HAVE is mundane thoughts.
So pray for me to get my groove back if you are still hangin’ in there reading this blog fodder. Or maybe I should hire a guest author for the rest of the summer? Maybe my groove is somewhere on that family vacation we’ll be taking in early July? I’ll be sure to look for it there. In the mean time, I promise to try and quit writing when I am bored.
And I’ll have some cheese with my whine.