Blogging love and hate

Sunday, November 10, 2013


I love that my blog can be whatever I want it to be and I dislike the notion that blogging has to be a certain way.

I've read many posts on what blogging should be, some I agreed with, others I skimmed over, choosing not to get involved in the 'that's not blogging' debate.  In my twitter timeline and in the blogs I follow there was recently a spate of comments / posts such as these.

As someone who used to get annoyed at the most random and pointless things I understand how easy it is to be irritated by something, and when you see it over and over again it can be infuriating but I realised I had to stop worrying about things I can't change, especially when they don't actually impact on my life in any fundamental way.

If I'm not enjoying a blog post, I stop reading it. If I'm following a blog or someone on twitter and their posts begin to irritate me, get boring, or just don't have any relevance to me I hit 'unfollow'. I decided that simply removing any irritation, which is very easy to do when you are behind a screen, is by far the easiest thing to do and makes for a quieter life. It's often better than getting involved in online titt for tatt, which at the end of the day is of no benefit to anyone.

A blog is a place for you to share and say whatever you like. Treat your blog how ever you want to, there are no rules (although a general 'be kind to each other' rule would be great). It's your space, just know that not everyone will love it in the way that you do, but that's OK, you're never going to be able to keep everyone happy and if that's what you're trying to do, then, I'm afraid, you're in for a huge disappointment.

What I love about blogging is the community, the support I've seen between bloggers far outweighs any posts or comments that have me rolling my eyes. Blogging has introduced me to knew things, pushed me out of my comfort zone on occasion and changed the way I think and feel about certain things. I love blogging because it gives me an escape, a place to reflect, and the opportunity to engage with others, because, let's face it, if you weren't reading this I'd be talking to myself!

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19 comments

  1. Oh yes, definite good points!!! If I was all about pleasing the general populace, I'd write about an eighth of what I shove on my blog. I am too wordy but I enjoy being wordy so the world at large has to lump it. I might only have 113 followers and gain new ones very slowly, but I am grateful that those ones want to be there rather than having to please a greater audience!!!x

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    1. Your posts always feel akin to having a good ole natter with an old friend, don't ever change!

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  2. Good post and totally agree with you x

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  3. Totally agree with everything here. There are things that annoy me, as I mentioned in my post on the subject, but I choose to just ignore it or unfollow - it's easily done! x

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    1. Exactly, there are enough irritations in real life to deal with, without adding to them online.

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  4. Good points well made. Life is too short to get wound up about unimportant stuff. Only get involved with things that make you happy - it's taken me a long time to learn these lessons!

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  5. I get annoyed easily and although I usually ignore it, sometimes I stick my oar in. Always pointless though.
    It's great to have people interact about posts, much nicer than talking to oneself about it :) x

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    1. It it makes you feel better to speak your mind then there is no point in holding your tongue. It's just a shame that the irritation is there in the first place.
      Having a post with no comments is rather disappointing but I do feel that people are still reading but commenting has just declined in general. I'm trying to limit my blog following to those that I really enjoy and try to make time to comment on them all, time doesn't always allow for this though.

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  6. i love this post. i couldn't agree more...like my mom always said, if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all. just unfollow!!

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  7. Great post, really timely for me. As I have been working and also studying for a comms qualification I've really struggled to find time and inspiration for posts, sometimes keeping it to pictures I've managed to take. Its made me really self conscious about what people might think of the posts and its taken away some of the enjoyment of blogging. But you are so right, blog about what you want, people can decide whether to read or skip a post but don't have the right to decide what you write about xx PS how are you managing and what are you using for inspiration to blog each day?xx

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    1. Have replied on your blog lovely :)

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  8. Great blog post! I agree...if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything x

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  9. Are you ok? You seem to have vanished!!! X

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    1. Yes Kezzie, I'm fine - just ridiculously busy!

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  10. I agree! Your blog, it should be whatever you want it to be.

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