Well, it’s the end of November and I didn’t do too badly when it came to writing every day, missing a couple of days here and there, but overall a pretty productive month for my blog. I still have more I want to write, half-finished posts sliding to the backburner and ideas jogging around in my head when I’m in the shower, but that’s life. I knew I probably wouldn’t write each and every day, and that’s ok. I’m happy doing my own thing here in this space, writing when and what I want.
I did write more than I have been, and I discovered a few new blogs, from great writers to funny people, that I’ll keep track of over the weeks and months to come. I also read more local posts from fellow Ottawa bloggers and made more comments than I usually do, so all in all, it turned out to be a nice rekindling of reading and writing for me. And just in time, as I hope to keep posting regularly as we travel to Arizona next week!
I’m happy being a small blog in a big pond, and this month has made me think a bit as to why. My top three reasons:
There’s noooo pressure of meeting deadlines, of tracking down sponsors, lining up giveaways, or of posting on a regular basis. I don’t worry about revenue or ad words or keeping people entertained. So if I don’t feel like sharing a recipe, I don’t, and I don’t worry that I’m disappointing people or failing my audience who expect a certain thing.
I don’t really have to worry about people judging my life – the majority of readers are family, friends, fellow local bloggers, or people looking for pictures of ‘penguins eating fish’ (still so popular). I haven’t had to deal with well-intentioned people making insensitive comments or others talking about me in my own space, as if totally they know me from the little bits I select to share. I see this on some of the bigger blogs and it’s not something I’d like to deal with. Especially when you write about your family, it could be heart-wrenching. I know that when you put something on the Internet, it’s out there for potentially the entire world to see! Although I like to see comments from the people who do read my words, I don’t expect to have a post of mine go viral though – and I’m frankly quite happy about that.
I can write about what I want. No ads, no products or places that I need to review, and I can put up as many baby and food and dog photos as I want to without worrying about what my target audience wants to see. Or not see. I don’t mind others that do this; I follow and enjoy other blogs that do. I totally understand the need to make a little money blogging. But I’m glad it’s not my job and I can keep it as a fun hobby.
So happy end of November to all of you lovely readers out there, whether we are friends in real life or in Internet-land, if you blog or don’t. I’m glad and grateful to have this little corner and I love looking back on these days, having a memory imprinted for me to look over in the years to come. Thanks for coming along for the ride!