Overbloggers Anonymous (OBA)
I think this problem has been quite prevalent over the web, and I felt that there was a need for it to be addressed. It is time for someone to set up a program for all these people to get through their recovery of overblogging.
It all began when WordPress decided to have this Post a Day 2011, to get bloggers to all join in the challenge of daily habitual posts. Can people post every day? For sure, they definitely can. Should they? No, probably not. Generally speaking, unless you are professional writer and you are slowly putting out a complete masterpiece over the course of the week, maybe you shouldn’t post every day. Of course everyone can do as they please, although, I find it hard to make it through most of their blogs.
I wish I had more time; however, due to life, it is difficult for me to follow all these blogs. Occasionally, I get to go check out the Freshly Pressed, which helps me meet new, talented, fellow bloggers. When I absolutely love their style and relate to their topics, I subscribe. Problem is, though, I usually regret it and unsubscribe a few days later. From my experience, bloggers are able to have, at most, one amazing post per week. There are exceptions every now and then, but when people are forced to write every day, it seems to become more like Facebook status changes and far too unbearable for the viewers.
Post a Week 2011, is a wonderful idea. You have a whole week to discover ideas and build them up to perfection. When you finally give out that long-awaited post, we read with more excitement and enjoy it more. The themes are not mundane and ritual. They are a compilation of a weeks-worth of inspired thoughts. Well worth waiting for.
If you are a blogger that is overcome by the urge to post, and wisdom cascades from your brain and onto the screen, this hobby is for you. If you have little sticky notes and pens in your purse and in every room of your house, to make sure you don’t lose a thought; this is your forte. However, if you feel like you must keep up with the challenge and get something out every day, no matter what; stay away. If you feel like it is you duty to present a post daily for your viewers; please don’t bother.
Many of you are exceptional writers, chefs, photographers, politics lovers, moms, avid Hollywood followers, and crafting geniuses. I hope you all keep sharing with us your views on the latest politics and news. I love to be enlightened by photography of other countries and moments right in our backyards. I drool over the exquisite and enticing recipes that I would have never known of. I relish in the stories of love, and I am moved by the tragedy and family tales. I am thoroughly amused by your children’s quips and your endless humor. The crafts are remarkable and the art is incredible.
I don’t ever want these posts to become a rarity. I don’t want you, ever, to cease to amaze me and inspire me. I just wish that my fellow bloggers would limit their work to when they are truly excited and motivated. You should never feel forced to post, it changes our blogosphere. To make sure that you keep your skills in tact, post once a week, or so, and do your best. They don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t need to entertain anyone but yourself. Post when you feel like you want to, not when you must.
You will get far more viewers, over the years, who will want to keep you around. Those who wont unsubscribe because their inbox overflows daily with gibberish in post form. It may be a slow and steady build, but you will get there. Be strong and do what you love. Don’t let challenges dictate your blog. Show everyone what you got, when you have it, and not when you don’t.
Keep up the blogging and let go of the pressures.
The Twelves Steps of Overbloggers Anonymous:
(A personal version based on the original Twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous)
1. We admit we are powerless while involved in widely accepted challenges and now our blogs have become unmanageable.
2. Believe that writing on our own terms can help us gain inspiration and produce better posts.
3. Made a decision to make our blogs our own and not be victims of competition.
4. Made a searching and thorough inventory of our thoughts before posting.
5. Admitted to ourselves, and to another fellow blogger, the exact nature of our mistaken previous attempt of Post a Day.
6. We’re entirely ready to prevent more of these deficient posts from our blog in the future.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings in falling for competition.
8. Made a list of all viewers we had pained with our posts, and became willing to make amends to them by posting less and better.
9. Made direct apologies to such people wherever possible.
10. Continued to take daily notes, and when we were posting unreadily; promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through practice and research to improve our blogs, praying for knowledge and good ideas to carry that out.
12. Having had an awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to overbloggers, and to practice these principles in all our blogs.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Posted on July 14, 2011, in My Daily Blogs and tagged alcoholics anonymous, artists, blogs, chefs, moms, overbloggers anonymous, photographers, post a day 2011, posts, writers. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.