Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reasons I'm a Bad Blogger

No one is perfect, so they say. But, if you look around the blogging community you'll find many people attempting to prove this phrase wrong. They have perfect DIY projects, perfect husbands/boyfriends/finaces/girlfriends, adorable kids or pregnancy photos, a recipe for every occasion, host fabulous giveaways, provide an inspirational Bible verse or quote for whatever mood you're in, take beautiful photos, etc.

Well... I hate to break it to you. But I'm not one of those bloggers.

I am far from being a perfect blogger.

1) I didn't take any photos this weekend. Or at least none that were blog worthy. My little point and shoot camera (nope, I don't even have a DSLR) has had a dead battery for months and I had to order a new charger because I lost mine. I finally got the new charger in the mail this weekend. Did I remember to take my camera on my birthday outings or to the 4th of July fireworks or even Instagram my food over the weekend? Nope.

2) Half of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin I don't even read. I've been working on cleaning it out and getting rid of blogs I don't read anymore or aren't active now. I also read the newest blogs I've been following everyday and there are a lot of blogs I read almost religously. THEN the blogs I do actually read, I only comment on about 1/2 of them. If I comment at all that day. It's awful. I'm working on it, I promise. But for some reason I'm just the worst at leaving comments. Although I do try to at least "like" blogs I read on Bloglovin if I enjoyed the post but didn't comment. Does that count?

3) I think I'm giving up on the whole sponsorship idea with blogs. It works great for some blogs, but it's not for me. Granted, if someone wanted to pay me money to blog or put their ad on my page, I'm not going to turn them down. Bu,t as of right now, I'm fine with not doing sponsorship's. It's a lot of pressure to be sure you're a good host for your sponsors and to search out places to sponsor and it's just a lot. I want blogging to be fun and not for earning money. Maybe I'll try it again someday, but today is not that day.

4) I have a lot of thoughts about life and faith, but I rarely post about them. I feel like you have to come to a conclusion at the end when you write about "real" stuff sometimes, and I rarely ever have a conclusion. While I know it's okay to not have all of the answers and to have things open ended. But if I were to write like this every single day I have a feeling people would grow tired of it.

5) I worry way too much about what other people think. Most of the time, it's not even people I interact with in "real life." At least not often. I worry about all of my Internet friends and I want them to like what I write. A lot of times I feel like I'm the new kid (who isn't even new... I've been blogging for awhile now...) who wants to try and hang out at the cool table.

6) I will never write a recipe post. I'm the worst cook in the history of the universe. At most you'll be reading stories and watching videos about how I almost light my apartment on fire by boiling water.

7) The main reason I don't write "weekend recap" posts is because my weekends are usually painfully boring. Or... see #1. Unless you want me to talk about how I binge watched The Autobiography of Jane Eyre and watched almost all 90+ episodes in one day...

8) My best writing usually doesn't make it on the blog. Probably never on the Internet anywhere. Because most of my best (in my opinion) and favorite writing is fiction and what I'm working on in my novels. Sometimes I'll share bits and pieces with you all, but it's usually not the best. I do try to write well on my blog, and I want to be proud of it. But what I pour most of my energy into is my fiction, and this is a more fun and relaxed style more for keeping in touch with people and connecting to new friends.

This list was supposed to have ten points... but I can't think of anything else. 8 ways of being a bad blogger is enough, right? Right.

And it's okay. I don't have to be perfect. Hannah Montana told me so.

Yup. I went there.


  1. 1) I am trying to be better about taking photos, but still "fail" a lot. My new goal is to take lots of "stock" photos when I can so I have random things ready if needed. Also I've been working on finding more sources for free stock photos & editing programs online- seems to help.

    3) I don't do those either. I am more in favor of the "button swap" idea (where you both just agree to "promote" each other's blogs w/o exchanging $) but those are becoming more & more rare).

    4) I understand that, but I don't think it's as important as it feels sometimes. Personally I get discouraged when I read about people who tie everything up nicely & have things figured out- it's so far from my life!

  2. I am so guilty of #2... I try so hard, but if I miss a day of blog reading then I have like a million posts to read and I just can't get to them all. I have definitely been trying to clean out the blogs that I just seem to have lost interest in. I also don't always comment like a good blogger because well sometimes I just feel like I have nothing of interest to say. As for recipe posts... I tend to write them but only write them when the recipes turn out ok... which isn't all the time. I think next time I have a major flop of a recipe I am going to post it anyway just so that people can see that not all recipes turn out Pinterest worthy on the first try!

  3. I am a bad blogger too. My camera battery randomly stopped working this weekend and I decided not to worry about it at all. I don't write weekend recaps because I think certain parts of my life should remain private. And I totally refuse to start sponsorship or pay to promote my blog.

  4. Hannah Montana...u made me giggle :) lol

  5. i've been an awful blogger these days as well but work is up my ass and i hardly have time to shit, let alone read blogs. life happens, blogging will always be around so you do what makes you happy, even if that means you're seen as a bad blogger (which you're not).

    Vodka and Soda


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