When I was at Allume in October many of the speakers encouraged us to use an editorial calendar. How many sessions did I sit through where someone mentioned this? Maybe each of them. Tsh Oxenreider shared some great points about when to post, scheduling, and that her posts are always written well ahead of time. Annie Downs (who should be my friend in real life, but that’s beside the point) talked to us about writing when you “feel” the post, but not publishing it then. (Raise your hand if you have published something in the heat of feeling it and then regretted later.) They, and many other bloggers, shared their tips along with their struggles, and all of it together helped me to feel more “normal.”
When do I write my posts?
When I think about them.
When do I post on my blog?
Literally 2 seconds after I have written it. On some rare occasions I will schedule it the night before.
I am not the organized, got-it-all-together, Martha Stewart of bloggers. [tweet this]
I don’t “have it together” and I can honestly never see “having it together” as a conceivable goal for myself. Have you seen my calendar (an attempt at…togetherness?) or the door of my refrigerator? If my life was a piece of artwork, I’d be a collage of magazine clippings, recipes, photos from happy times, poems I love, a postcard of a pretty painting…a fresh coat of ModPodge from the latest thing that just had to be added.
What I’m saying is — I am a fresh, unfinished mess.
I am working to be better at what I do. Recently I have been poring over older posts, trying to pick out the ones that engaged people the most, the ones that resonated and made people think. Not necessarily the ones with the most comments, but with a few from people who were touched in some way by what I wrote.
For the most part, I do this whole thing for myself. It is an outlet, a way of not going crazy. I’ve been doing this since I was 13-years-old and there was a little dog running back and forth across a pink page with stars in the background.
I have changed and the whole business of blogging has changed, but for me it is still about sharing what is in my heart.
Struggles with writing (more recently, that’s been the case)
Prose that speaks to me
My ♥ lists
A beautiful song
(Parenthetical comments that really break up the flow of a good blog post)
What I want to know is this — what moves you? What do you like to read? Is there something that you come here, hoping to find?
Don’t get me wrong. This is still just me, pouring things onto the page — that will never change. What brings you here? What brings you back?*
*I’d like to know this across the board, for other blogs you read as well.
Psst…I finished this 2 seconds before posting it.