My love/hate relationship with blogging

One quick glance at my post history and you’ll notice that my blogging is completely sporadic. In fact, the only thing that has been consistent about my blogging is the inconsistency. I’ve had several different blogs, dating back to a pregnancy journal on a parenting forum that no longer exists which was soon followed by a LiveJournal then a MySpace profile and then Blogger and then my own self-hosted WordPress sites… Yeah, I’ve tried just about all of them. And, to be honest, I usually got bored. My brief involvement with the whole “mommy blogger” community completely turned me off to blogging, period. I wanted nothing to do with all of that chaos and the word “blog” began to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

For a while, I tried treating blogging like a business because supposedly that was the only way you could make money at it. But then the pressure of posting regularly (3-5 times per week) and keeping up with SEO techniques, social media, etc. just sucked all of the fun out of it. I wasn’t here to turn this into a job, dude, I just wanted to have some fun and speak my mind and connect with other people who wanted to do the same.

That’s pretty much where I am now. Blogging is just an outlet for me, a place of my own where I can write about whatever I want to write about, no need for style guides and formatting rules, targeted niches, stock images, marketing calendars, social media accounts, and all of the trappings that go along with trying to blog for money or blogging for other sites.

And the topics. Holy shit, this need to have a focused topic just doesn’t work for me. “What’s your blog about?” Fuck if I know. Life, I guess. If I read a book I like, I’ll blog about it. If I see a movie that sucked, I’ll blog about it. If my kid did something cool, I’ll blog about it. If one of my friends has a new single or a new book or a new fundraiser to promote, I’ll blog about it. If there’s something in the news about feminism or diabetes or Wonder Woman – all topics of interest for me – then I will blog about it. Why does a blog have to BE about anything? Why can’t it just…be?

And I know I’m not the only Rebel Blogger out there. I know I have a few friends, many of whom I met during my “mommy blogger” years, who only post a few times or year and friends who post about a variety of different topics. How about you? What do you blog about? How often? Do you do it for money, for fun, or both? Do you love it or hate it?

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