Well it’s been 10 days (and 6 posts) since I popped my blogging cherry, and I hate to admit it but..
My name is Bits of Bee, and I’m a blogaholic. In honour of my newfound addiction, here are some things I’ve learned (so far) about blogging:
Blogging is crack. Here I thought it would be an outlet for me to express myself and apply my love for writing –if and when I had the time. But it has already become so much more than that. I find myself dreaming in blog topics, and checking my Blogger stats every chance I get. Beads of sweat appear on my forehead as I pass the laptop while chasing my little ones around the living room, calculating the time it would take to quickly check in and read new comments on my post before returning to my game of Polly Pockets with my princess. On work days, I can’t help but keep the Blogger page open in a hidden window for quick peeks in between work tasks. They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Consider this an admission.
Klout is a way to measure your online influence, not a form of Ghonoreah.I keep seeing Klout ratings referenced on blogs and blogger tweets, and I eventually had to Google it (yes, that just happened). Still learning, but I now know that Klout is cool and not a directory of people who have contracted an infectious disease.
I’m an attention whore. I tried to convince myself that I wanted to blog for myself, that I didn’t care if anyone read what I wrote. Who am I kidding? I get giddy when I see that I’ve had more viewers on a recent blog post. New followers? Hells yes! Number of visitors just went over 200? Awesome!
Blogging is a confidence roller coaster. I post, I love what I’ve posted and can’t wait to read the comments. Then I feel like deleting my post. I regret what I’ve written. I criticize my writing/choice of topic, and analyze how others will react. Then I want to re-read it 100 times pretending it’s my first time. Then I want to share with anyone and everyone to see if they like it as much as I do. Then I want to take back the post/invitation and delete the blog altogether. I’m not crazy, I swear!
Despite these realizations, I’m loving it and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Any tips, comments or feedback on the ins and outs of blogging would be greatly appreciated. I need some enablers to keep my habit going!