Do you have a list of your lamest blog posts?
I’m on vacation in NY this week, and I’ve had lots of time to think…
I’ve got so much content on my mind, but it seems that whenever I go to spill it on paper, it all just floats away.
Until the next time I’m busy doing something with the kids, or cannot access my computer. THEN all my great ideas come flooding back.
What IS that?????
One of the thoughts that has actually stayed in my mind is the fact that, despite my desire to be an incredible creator of engaging and inspiring content, I often fall far short of the greatness I wish to bestow on my readers.
I also wind up going off down these stupid little rabbit holes. I am easily distracted. I am searching to find out who I am, what my voice is, and how I can best express that. And often I do that by veering far from any path of a “niche.” I am nicheless. To a degree.
Why would I even stress about that?
I am a blogger for pete’s sake. Not a brain surgeon. Not a politician, not a rocket scientist.
I don’t have to have it right.
I don’t have to fit in someone else’s neat little frame of what my world should look like. If today I feel like bearing (baring?) my soul to the world, and tomorrow I feel like reviewing the newest Dora flip flops, it’s my world. Right? Does it matter if one day I talk about the deepest, darkest places of my soul and the next day I post a recipe?
Sure, it might confuse the heck out of some people, but this is MY space.
So why do I feel so much pressure to get it right? To please strangers? To be affirmed?
It’s kind of stupid.
I didn’t start blogging to become a well known writer. I started blogging to work through grief. To share the feelings and thoughts that I did not feel brave enough to share with anyone in my life. To honor and remember sweet Kathryn.
Truthfully, even though I still want to go down any trail I choose with my topics and content, I still want to know that what I write matters.
I want to have a defined voice. Along the way to develop that voice, I have tried on many different “hats.” I have evolved, and thankfully, I believe I have grown as a writer and a blogger!
Today I’d like to share the lamest posts from my blogging evolution with you.
Before I get to them, here is my lamest graphic:
My 5 Lamest Blog Posts Ever
This post consists of a whole four sentences. I guess I felt I needed to post Something that day. What can I say? I was a new blogger, and darn excited about it. Even if I didn’t have anything earth shattering to write about.
Now this one, had I put more time, effort, and brain power behind it, probably could have been a really powerful post. But, I rushed through it, just to get something posted, and, well, it turned out pretty crappy. Maybe I’ll re-write it one day. The message is still good.
This might rank up there in the top 5 lamest blog posts in the WORLD. It’s bad. Really bad. And I probably felt like I was sharing something insightful and amazing. Or, I just felt like I desperately needed to post that day, and this is what I came up with. It’s mind blowingly terrible.
This actually could have been a really good post. But I gave up on it too soon. It’s short and doesn’t really ever get into the depth of where it could have gone. I am marking this one to go back and re-do one day.
This one also could have been great, if I had put a little more time into it. I guess these are the lessons we learn from blogging… how to write engaging, quality content. This was a subject that certainly is one that would resonate with many parents – our experiences in the NICU, yet I hardly wrote anything. Granted, it was an anniversary day, and I guess I just wanted to mark the occasion without going into too much detail. But still… I can do better than this!
So there you have it.
My five lamest blog posts. Trust me, there are more out there if you feel like digging through the archives. But the good news is that I think I am improving as a writer, as a blogger, and as an advocate. Sometimes it just takes practice, training, and reading. Yes, reading.
I’ve been so inspired by other bloggers who really know how to tell a story. I could go through a list of them, but I don’t want to forget someone (AND, I”m on VACATION so I’m too lazy to look up all their urls!) But the point is, I’ve realized, as I visit many blogs and read so much there is no secret to why some people have millions of visitors, and why some of my posts had ZERO views. (So sad, I know!)
It’s content. We hear this a lot don’t we? But it’s true. The people I go back to and sign up for their newsletters are the writers who have found their voice. They know what they want to write about, they know how to engage the reader, and they evoke emotions. Laughter, anger, disgust… whatever it is, they evoke it in you, and make you want to come back for more.
That’s what I want to achieve. Not the millions of readers necessarily, but publishing the kind of posts that people say – “I want to read more from her!” Or “Yes! I know exactly what she means!” Or even better – “Oh my gosh, this was so awesome (or thought provoking, or funny or whatever) that I want all of my friends to read this.”
I want to leave you with one final post.
This one wasn’t really lame, but I didn’t have much of a following at the time I published it, and it got little attention. And that makes me sad, because I think it was decent.
If you have time, check it out. You might relate to it.
Have you ever gone through your old posts to see how far you’ve come? It was pretty fun. And left me with some good goals for my 3rd year of blogging!
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