The Uncomfortable Truth About Blogging

Blog: a place to have a voice and connect with others.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why people blog. More specifically, why I blog. Or not.

The truth is, I have not been blogging, y’all. Oh sure, I have posted probably thousands of photos, with a few comments about them. I guess that makes me a “photo blogger.” But, I have not been posting my thoughts. And isn’t a true blog really about posting your thoughts?

When I actually examine this, I have not posted my thoughts since I started this blog. I have, here and there, shared a few personal things. But those type posts have been extremely rare. And as time goes by – rarer and rarer.

In January, I decided to join the WordPress Post a Day Challenge, and I did pretty good for a while. But then the wheels fell off and I found myself reverting back to taking the easy way out and just posting photos.

I ask myself, Why? Why is it so hard to write out something personal, and hit publish? There’s a myriad of reasons.

Fear. Fear that no one will want to read it. Fear of being ignored. Fear of being rejected. Fear of being criticized. Fear of making somebody mad. Fear of being laughed at. Fear of exposing a flaw, or a flawed relationship. Fear of being misunderstood.

And the biggest fear? Fear of humiliation. A fear that was instilled in me as a child, by family members who firmly believed (and taught) that our family did not hang out our dirty laundry – for all the world to see.

Then there’s time. Taking the time to write clearly means stealing time away from more worthy endeavors (folding laundry, paying bills, walking the dog, reading emails, and the big time waster – catching up on Facebook!) It takes time to sort out your thoughts, time to find the right words, time to edit it all into something more than verbal diarrhea.

Indecision. Not knowing what to write about. Or how to start it. Or whether to strive for informality, or humor, or clarity, or fluff, or substance. Do I want to entertain or inform? Vent or teach? Amuse or inspire? Should the post be short and to the point? Or long enough to engage the reader?

There are a handful of bloggers out there, who I admire very much, who write fearlessly. They share personal details about theirs lives and they bare their souls to the world. I want to be like them. I want to write something that is real, real enough to make you want to come back and read what I write tomorrow.

Real enough to make you want to laugh along with me, cry with me, and maybe share a few uncomfortable truths of your own.

 

 

 

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2010 in review

As I posted yesterday, I’ve decided to take the WordPress challenge of blogging every day. It’s called The Daily Post. Today’s topic is “Who deserves more credit.”  Right now, I’m thinking WordPress deserves a lot of credit, because they have given me today’s post….Ta Da!

And I didn’t even have to struggle over what to write about!

This came in an email, y’all, and it’s a summary of how well my blog did last year. According to these stats, I really should be posting more pictures of my feet,  and writing about the Pirates (ECU’s football team.)

 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how” When Ginger snap…”  in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 48 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 284 posts. There were 261 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 500mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 8th with 331 views. The most popular post that day was Sunday After the Pirates Lost.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were iheartfaces.blogspot.com, boneyardbanter.com, ishouldbefoldinglaundry.com, theblueridgegal.com, and iheartfaces.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for eco baby shower, how to be a good grandmother, red toes, ginger and sleep, and simple oyster dressing.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Sunday After the Pirates Lost November 2010
6 comments

2

Red Toes for Ruby Tuesday April 2009
10 comments

3

How To Plan an Eco-Baby Shower, (without going crazy!) August 2009
4 comments

4

How To Be A Good Grandmother August 2009
6 comments

5

About Ginger…a sleep deprived, North Carolina gal, y’all. August 2008
30 comments

 

What are some of the things y’all have blogged about that bring you the most traffic? I need some suggestions to help me get my “747” off the ground in 2011!