I couldn’t sleep last night. Likely due to the timezone mambo we’ve been playing for the past few weeks. To fall asleep, I got to reading copyblogger. Not that the content would put me to sleep, but it would give me something to do until my body decided to call it.
The two kinds of article I like the best on copyblogger are first those about grammar mistakes: mistakes never to make/it’s ok to make/if you make you sound stupid. I’d like to think that I would only make these mistakes in case of emergency, so it’s somewhat of a narcissistic/self-gratifying activity. Second, I can learn a lot from the tips on blogging creatively. I started to get one of those midnight panic attacks while reading The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. I’m not prolific! The thought of being concise gives me hives! I don’t want to continually learn about how to be a better blogger! I just don’t care! I don’t plan ahead! I see a Weinermobile, I blog about it, then I go back to eating my sandwich! And I don’t “tailor the timing, content, layout, and images of [my] posts to suit [my] audience.” So, ultimately, my blog is a failure and I should try to go to sleep.
I stayed up worrying about this last part for a bit, though. So much for sleep. It concerned me until I realized that I am not selling anything on my blog. Yes, I’m flattered when people come to my blog and read my content, but I’m not trying to get “sponsors,” “ads,” “hits,” “unique visitors,” and whatever else makes bloggers coin. I know my audience: mostly my father, father-in-law, and people who are turned around and are instead trying to buy a car, sign up for financial services or go to college somewhere in Maryland.
I came to the conclusion that all bloggers, especially me, don’t need to adhere to those guidelines. Many bloggers provide a specific service, usually in exchange for recognition or compensation. In which case, knowing your audience, being strategic about how to reach them, and continuously working toward meeting their needs is critical. As for me, I like to take fun pictures, write about the adventures that I’m lucky to have, and share them with my family and friends who I’m not able to spend enough time with these days. I want to be a good blogger, but at the end of the day, I feel like I’m doing just fine. There’s something to be said for mere contentment. Oh, and if you want to work from home and make $5,500/week… just kidding.
One thing I do enjoy, who knows if this is to be frowned upon, is take pictures of goose lamps from otherwise underwhelming hotel rooms. I’ve been trying to find a good spot for this shot since January! Here’s to being concise!
P.S. My headlines need to be catchier apparently, so there, I tried!