Thursday, January 5, 2012

More Thoughts About Blogging

Lately, I've noticed several perfume bloggers mention changes in their blog, or angst about blogging topics.  Like, what is the perfect balance between blogging about perfume and blogging about one's life?  Some muse about whether or not their interest in perfume still exists, or whether they have anything useful to contribute to the dialogue.

Of course they do.

Before I took a break from my blog, I was constantly thinking about what my audience might respond to, what could build a larger reading base, how to get more followers, how to blog more and more, better and better, bigger, faster, stronger!

Blogging gluttony.

As soon as I announced my break, I lost a follower immediately.  Dude, relax, it's just a break.  Then I thought I may lose all of my followers and my readers would think, gee, what a loser, poseur, amateur...imposter.  And maybe they do.  Maybe I am.  Oh, well.

In spite of all that, I feel a new kind of freedom, like I'll write what I want and say what I want, whenever I want.  If I decide to change the content, I'll change it.  If I choose to monetize my blog, I will do so guilt free with no explanation.  And if I want to use the f-bomb in a post (maybe more than once), I will do that, too.

Like you've never had those days.

As an attention seeking middle child, I must admit that readers do make me happy.  So if you're able to roll with the fact that I need variety, swear occasionally and change my mind - a lot - I hope you'll stick around.

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  1. Hey, I'l certainly be reading your blog. I've been slackerish on comments in the blog world in general, but I'm delighted that you're back.

  2. Nicely put. :)
    I do feel a self-imposed pressure to write more often and mkae my posts terribly interesting which then makes me lose energy to write and I do nothing.
    I am trying now just to relax about any self-imposed restrictions, I love blogging and writing and the readers and reading other blogs, I should never feel it's a chore (the writing, not the reading part) - so if I end up writing once a month, it's going to be once a month. :)

    I really am happy to see you back. :)

  3. Hi ChickenFreak - thanks for your comment. It's nice to know you're around, even if you do that silently. I'm a comment slacker in general, too. Good to see you!

  4. Ines, thanks for your comment and your support. Blogging started making me a little crazy because it felt like a chore, as you say. Suddenly, it's easy again. And fun. Isn't that the whole point?

    It's good to be back.

  5. Josephine, whatever you write, I will read. And if you just want to post pictures, I'll check 'em out. Blogging should feed the writer's soul above other things, or what's the point?

  6. I enjoyed reading all your stuff. From little odes to big review, from every day stuff to notes about your mom...

    + you have a sense a humor which doesn't go away no matter what you write. :D

  7. Hi *jen - thanks for being a regular reader of my blog - I always like seeing you here! And you're right, if blogging doesn't make me happy, what is the point?

  8. Bellatrix, thanks for your encouragement and your support - I really appreciate it! I find weird things funny...which makes life more enjoyable. Good to see you!

  9. All I can say is....thank you. Everything you just said I worry about too. Although I still do when you are mature enough to be past that.

    I find your perfume reviews especially easy to read because they are unique, concise, and devoid of technical terms or brand obsequiousness.

    My worries are the opposite of yours though. I don't write personal information on my blog and I worry that I'd have more followers if I did. But I'm a compartmentalized and private person, and that really isn't my style. I don't need to change that. Not to say I don't like reading social commentary on other perfume blogs though. Your post about what it's like being the office boss, for example, were great!

  10. Joan, thanks for your comment. Believe me, my own maturity is often in question...I'm glad you enjoy my reviews and posts about life in general.

    I, too, am a private person. Everyone has to find their comfort level with the amount of personal information that is shared. Achieving that balance may be an ongoing pursuit.

    Should you ever decide to write a bit more about your life, know that you have at least one very interested reader.



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