First of all, thank you for voting me in as President at Heather Anne’s Hoagies. The best thing about the election was that I learned about some really cool new blogs, including Heather Anne’s.
Currently, I have two items on my presidential agenda:
1) Pushing for the legalization of gay marriage.
2) But — after attending the Pet Shop Boys concert last night, I have also decided to ask for a ban on gay men wearing tight tank tops in public concert halls.
For last nine days, I have been participating in NaBloPoMo (National Post Blogging Month), conceived by the popular blogger, Fussy. The idea of NaBloPoMo is that a blogger should post every day for the month of November. While the idea is brilliant and I will continue doing it, I’m beginning to think it is the worst blogging concept ever created.
I had an email exchange with Stacy at Jurgen Nation yesterday about how our readership has done a nosedive because so many bloggers are struggling with writing every day. I have hardly read or commented on anyone’s blog because I feel overextended with writing every day. This is embarrassing to admit, but I actually started crying yesterday as I was making my way down my blogroll, my body going into sensory overload from caring about the lives and dreams of so many people, and feeling as if I were “falling behind.”
Has anyone ever had a nervous breakdown from blogging?
On Saturday, I attended a writing group at the home at the inspiring Leah Peah. There were a number of bloggers there, including one of my favorites, Deezee of Confessional Highway, who I carpooled with to Leah’s home. I found it interesting to hear about the different motivations for starting a blog. Some approached blogging as a purely promotional tool for themselves or their business. Others use blogging to nurture their writing or creativity. I blog for both those reasons, but if I were really honest, my main motivation is that I like to talk with hot babes living in faraway places like Belgium, considering I would probably never have to nerve to talk to these accomplished women in real life. So, sue me for telling the truth! I love the social part of blogging. If I really wanted to “focus on my writing,” I’d write a book, rather than exploiting my relationship with Sophia for your enjoyment (and for free!).
Last February, Fashion Week Daily interviewed six of the blogging success stories while all dressed in sexy pajamas (so don’t blame me for sexing up the blogging world). One of the questions was, “How often do you blog?”
Jessica Cutler (www.jessicacutleronline.com): Whenever I feel like it, but never more than an hour per day.
Heather Hunter (www.thisfish.ivillage.com/love): Five hours a week.
Mimi Foe (www.miminewyork.blogspot.com): Usually about five or ten hours total [each week].
Melissa Lafsky (www.opinionistas.com): About 20 or 30 minutes a day, if you count answering comments and e-mails.
Tweny mintutes a day! It takes me that long just to wait for WordPress to publish a post and ping it to Technorati!
It’s clear to me that these women have moved beyond the blogging community, because there is no way to be part of it and blog 20 minutes a day (including writing posts!) I see nothing wrong with this if you make this decision. I might one day decide to just focus on writing rather than caring whether Charming but Single gets a date for Saturday night.
NaBloPoMo is great for your writing, but terrible for blogging. If everyone really wrote EVERY SINGLE DAY, including weekends, no one would read anyone else. We would be a bunch of highly creative writers writing for ourselves and our mothers. I was much happier writing FOUR times a week.
Can I suggest a NaComPoMo for the month of December, where every blogger promises to COMMENT on at least one new blog a day to keep the interaction of the blogosphere going strong. Hey, commenting is writing, too.
I truly believe that most of the best writing on my blog is done in the comment section. I had this little exchange with Sophia while driving to the Pet Shop Boys last night:
Sophia: Have you thought about putting advertisements on your blog?
Neil: I have.
Sophia: So, do it already. No one cares if you make a few dollars.
Neil: You’re right. But it seems a bit unfair. Part of the fun of each post are the comments. It’s like part of the post. Make believe I make sixty dollars a month on the blog. Shouldn’t I give each commenter 2% of the profits for their contribution?
The idea didn’t go over very well.
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