Some of you probably already know this, but some of you may not, so I have a confession to make: I am a very bad blogger.
How do I know this? I know because I read some other blogs. I read running, travel, weight loss, and random blogs that I just find amusing. You ever see things that other people do and think “Wow, that’s something I should probably do,” but then you just never do them out of sheer laziness or for some other more legitimate reason? Well, I have noticed some things that other bloggers do that I rarely or never do, but kind of wish I did and they are as follows:
1. Immediately respond to comments on their posts: I do make it a point to respond to every comment that I get on my posts, it’s just not always in a timely fashion. I don’t get email notifications of comments because I try to limit the already ridiculous amount of email that I receive, so I respond when I see them. If I don’t check the blog, that could be awhile. For example: before posting this, I had 70 comments to respond to! Fail. I feel bad about this, but clearly not bad enough to alter my behavior, because that would involved spending more time at my computer. And as I’m sure many people who sit in front of their computers all day will attest to, that’s not always my ideal way to spend my free time. Just know that I love you all for commenting, I acknowledge that I am kind of a bad person, and I’ll always respond eventually.
2. Comment on every single post they read: I really tried to do this when I first started blogging because it’s a great way to build an audience, so if you’re a new blogger, I highly recommend it. It’s also just a nice thing to do in general because, let’s face it, everyone likes to know that people give a shit what they have to say. I know I certainly do! But unfortunately, the time during the day where I read blogs is as soon as I wake up or right before bed, and I read them exclusively on the Bloglovin’ app on my phone. That makes commenting on them pretty difficult. In fact, if I comment on one of your posts, that means I literally was so compelled to comment that I made a point to get out my computer the next day and go back and comment. Just know that just because I’m not commenting doesn’t mean I’m not reading. I’m always in the background creepily lurking.
3. Maintain a regular posting schedule: I always have great intentions of posting Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I don’t have an interesting enough life to post more often than that, and as you probably know, I rarely make the 3 times a week goal. I am so impressed by people who write every day, or even every other day, and maintain it regularly. It is hard and it takes a lot of time. There’s a reason why most people who start blogs abandon them pretty quickly! Sure, a lot of the people that I know that post every day or multiple times a day are either full-time bloggers or don’t have jobs, but still, my God, that’s a lot of thinking. I try to limit the time I spend thinking to no more than 4 hours a day. The rest of the time, I have a busy schedule of not running to maintain.
4. Participate in blogger “memes:” Ok, meme definitely isn’t the right word for this, but I can’t think of anything better. You know those regular weekly posts that some bloggers participate in? Things like “What I Ate Wednesday” or “Five Things Friday” or “Tunes for Tuesday?” I never do those. Not to say I never find them interesting or never read them when other people do them, I just don’t do them myself. I think the reason these are popular is because many bloggers use them to generate relatively easy content that keeps people checking their blogs every day. That’s a smart thing to do, honestly, but it’s not why I started my blog. I started this blog solely for the purpose of documenting my journey to run a marathon in all 50 states. Over time, it’s evolved into something more, but generally speaking, 90% of my posts are about one of two things: things that I want to remember (be they marathons, travel, etc), or things that I’m trying to work out mentally or emotionally. That’s it. What I ate this Wednesday does not fall into either of those two categories, but if you’re absolutely dying to know, I’m sure I can work that into the schedule.
5. Take a lot of sweaty selfies: I like a good selfie, especially when the situation is too awkward to ask another person to take a picture. I do not like pictures of myself when I’m sweating. Ever notice how you rarely, if ever see a selfie from a marathon on this blog? That’s because I’m sweating. And I’m not that adorable when I’m sweating. I don’t hate when other people do it, I just can’t do it myself. Because I am bad at blogging. Oh, and I also don’t know how to make those cute little photo collages via whatever app it is on your phone. I’d like to know, but not enough to actually look it up. There’s that laziness again.
I’m not really sure what the point of this post is other than to acknowledge my shortcomings and the vast superiority of most other bloggers. I bow down to you, regular posters.