As many of you know, I work for WordPress.com. I help people with their blogs all day, I encourage people to blog, I blog about how people should blog, I speak at events telling people how to blog. But I don’t really blog very often.
All of us staffers talk about this: how we work on a blogging platform, but we don’t blog enough, how we used to blog all the time, but then we stopped.
People ask me why I don’t blog more, and it’s mostly because I can’t often think up funny or interesting things to say. It’s not hard to blog frequently, but it is hard to blog frequently and well. As much as I’d like to claim otherwise, my brain doesn’t spin out hilarious anecdotes on the reg; I have about one entertaining thought a month.
For this reason, I’ve always been a bit dubious of “blog every day” type challenges. The internet is full of good information and good writing, and there’s even more in print: we none of us have time to read everything we want to, it’s hard to weed out the good stuff, and I don’t want to add to the noise. It might be better if we all just wrote one really excellent post a year. Of course, if everyone did that, I’d be out of a job…
And when there is one of these “blog every day” challenges, I genuinely enjoy reading my colleagues’ daily blog posts, and those of other WordPress.com users I don’t know. I wish a lot of people would blog more (and more substantially), and I’m generally happy to read them when they do, even if every post isn’t some perfectly worded stunner. I don’t know why I can’t give myself the same encouragement.
I write almost every day, honestly, but it’s not courageous to write for yourself. It’s courageous to publish. So I’m going to participate in The Daily Post’s Writing 101 challenge — and you should, too! I can’t promise every post will be interesting to everybody (and for that reason, I’ll turn off the Facebook/Twitter push after this post), but I do promise I will never post a picture of my peanut butter sandwich, no matter how desperate I get. (I can’t promise that there won’t be some serious posts and/or feminist rants, though.)
Let’s do this!