I signed up for the postaday2011 challenge.
I’ve received lots of informative, fun, and inspiring emails from WordPress, both general blogging tips, and specific topic prompts. The suggested prompts don’t always work for TLH. But I’ve discovered a hidden talent for creative rearrangement of the prompts.
I don’t think the prompt “photograph a truth” was intended to generate a PSA to tell readers we have rocks in the sky at night.
I’m seriously stubborn. There will be a post every day unless aliens arrive and demand we fork over all cake on the planet, I end up fighting to save the planet from a global cake crisis, crash my car, chase them with my dry cleaning, and come home to find out the fridge has been blown up. (Not daunted: should above scenario occur, we’ll just have two posts the next day.)
In my attempt to write about something besides butter cream frosting, I have dutifully read all the blogging tips on how to create, keep up, and do…bloggy stuff.
I thought I liked learning things, until I learned this:
I am blogging wrong.
- My posts are too long, you won’t read them.
- My topics too variable. (Writing about frosting AND horses is non-sensical.)
- My tags are too specific and goofy. (Understanding the difference between tags and categories sent me to the funny farm for a weekend. I’m still not sure I understand. But I got a nice basket out of it.)
- My categories would drive a librarian to tears.
- Stream of consciousness blogging is…yawn…what was I saying? Oh. Yeah. Bad.
- My blog lacks a single focus (unless we count shared horse-snot, bonding experiences as the focus?)
I didn’t know it was possible to blog wrong. Badly, yes. Wrong, no. I thought a personal blog was like the diary I had in the 6th grade. With the little key? We’re not trying to be CNN or Something Terribly Important. (We’re more about making copies of the little key and handing them out with a complimentary donut.)
I just had a panic attack. Thought I wrote “dairy” above. I agree that a blog is not like a dairy. Though there are a lot of cows here.
Which bring me to one more thing I’m not doing correctly:
- A blog post should have a picture that relates to the content.
Picture, to meet the blogging Best Practice Standards:
This is related content, because she is not a dairy cow.
She was in the cattle drive where there were horses, so she’s a diary cow.
- Content should be pithy, informative, strong, or funny. But maybe not all at once. I think you’re supposed to pick one.
The diary cow is very pithy, don’t you think? Look at that face. Definitely pithy.
I would not want to pith off that cow.
I’m already edging close to the dreaded 500 word mark, upon which you will all leave en mass. If you came in the first place, which I’m told you haven’t, because my blog is broken, and I am a sad, pathetic wreck of a blogger.
I’ve given this a lot of thought. At least 8 minutes. Three of them angst-filled. Then Shaun tapped on the locked bathroom door, behind which I was wailing, and said: “uh…I thought you just wanted to write, be yourself, and have fun?”
Oh. Right. That.