Back in early January, on Instagram, I spoke about how overwhelmed I was with all of the blogging advice that exists in cyberspace. Everybody’s selling something. Everybody has an angle. Recently, I told a friend that everything I did on social media wasn’t based on a whim. I was following advice and implementing that advice across my accounts. I tested the efficacy of what the experts said I should do. I took free courses for bloggers on starting a blog, driving traffic to a blog, how to use Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc. to get noticed in the blogosphere. I changed my blog’s layout. I tweaked my Instagram. I re-built my Pinterest profile. I returned to Twitter. I read every piece of information I could find. And then it hit me. I wasn’t having much fun at all!
Blogging was beginning to resemble the research preparation that I used to put in for academic assignments (when you get to page 5 of a Google search, it’s serious). The whole point of me doing this in the first place was to distance my brain as much as possible from school. Further, (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used “Further” in essays. Ha!) I had to stop and remind myself that I did not launch my blog in order to sell a product or service. I’m not trying to be an influencer or become Internet famous either. This is my hobby. Why on earth did I spend so much time drowning out the fun with advice geared towards earning income as a blogger??
I have finally deleted Twitter. I don’t want to do Twitter. I’m never going back there. I deleted my Pinterest profile. Like Twitter, Pinterest had become cumbersome and boring for me. I still don’t check in on Reddit so I may very well delete that profile too before the day’s done.
Today, I’m feeling goooooooood. I’m down to the Mint Tea and Elephants Facebook page, four blogging communities, and Instagram. With regard to the Facebook page and Instagram, I’m going to stop filtering what I post in these spaces. My blog is a personal blog. I will share whatever I feel moved to share. I don’t care if my images aren’t glossy mag perfect. For me, it’s always been about capturing the moment, the memory. My photos don’t have to be picture perfect compositions. If my prose is unworthy of an award, that’s fine too. Lots of great books are written that are never widely read. I’d be in good company.
Whatever wonderful opportunities come my way as a result of my little blog, I’m thankful, but this is supposed to be FUN and it’ll stay being FUN! That’s the vision, mission, goal, objective, and I’m not going to forget it again.
If you’re new here, my name is Melissa and I write about stuff that pops into my head and for which I don’t have to include citations. The added bonus is meeting fantastic folks like you along the way.
p.s. This isn’t the January blog post I promised. That’ll come tomorrow…I think…if I don’t continue to sit on it for no reason in particular…