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In which you don’t care

Not that you care, but every morning (well, Monday through Friday) I get up, take out the dog, make the coffee, drink my CHOCOLATE protein shake and quickly glance at the paper to see how stupid the world is and realize that once again, nobody has asked for my input.

 

Then I put the paper aside and check out my virtual reality, the blogging world.  First I go to my blog and send out my links and then I see if anybody is saying anything interesting on Twitter.  Believe me, at 7:30 there isn’t a lot of interesting stuff going down on Twitter.   It’s during this time that the caffeine begins trickling through my system and I start becoming self aware.  The first thing I become aware of is that I should be getting my ass off the couch to go work out.

 

Around 8:00, Daniel who I’ve been completely ignoring because I suck as a mom comes and kisses me goodbye and says he’s going to school.  He does that pretty much every day; I like that type of consistency.  At any rate, if I don’t have an 8:30 class then sometimes, I procrastinate and sit on my ass.  Today was such a day.  Actually, today IS such a day since when I got my ass off the couch; instead of going to work out I actually just walked into my office and started typing up this entry.

 

First, I would like to explain that I have talked about my blog, blogging, and the blogging world, where I am in the blogging world and sentences even longer than that in my weekly psychotherapy sessions.  During these sessions, I constantly seek to figure out why I’m bothering with the blog in the first place.

 

My shrink told me just last week that the “boredom” and “laziness” I have in regards to blogging is really just “fear” and “anxiety”.  In other words, I was pondering why even though I did want my blog to be read on a larger scale, I simply couldn’t bring myself to take the next step.

 

What is the next step?  World domination? No, It’s simply submitting my posts to publications like BlogHer; joining blog hops, becoming involved with communities.  You know, reaching out.  The thing is that even though I think that would be a good idea I’m actually quite lazy and don’t feel like hassling with it.  But no, my shrink told me that it wasn’t the boredom of doing those tasks, it was simply the “fear” that I might actually succeed.

 

So that’s an interesting thought; have I been avoiding spreading the word just because I have a fear of success?  I mean I know I do in other arenas, but in my blog?  And what is blogging success anyways? I’m not looking to make money.  I simply would like to have thousands of people read it every day.  But wouldn’t that make me a wreck too?  Because then there would be expectations placed upon me and I hate expectations.

 

There’s a reason that I promote the idea that I’m a piece of shit and can’t do anything right.  That reason is that if people have low expectations, they don’t really expect much out of you and therefore when you do something well they’re quite pleased.

 

This is the methodology that’s worked well for me over the years.  If you never cook then on the one-day of the week that you do, people are thrilled and happy.  Well, unless you suck and then they probably wish that day didn’t occur either.

 

So, I’m at a crossroads.  Do I just take the lazy approach and let one person hopefully tell another about the blog or do I actually start submitting it to places to that new people can see the blog and hopefully start following?  But if I do that, isn’t there some sort of obligation to actually keep blogging past the point where I get bored?

 

And while I’m at it, let me ask about these blog hops.  I’m constantly seeing them and while they seem like a great way to spread the word about your blog, then you have to check out other blogs.  Today, the two blogs that would have been above me were about being green and frugal (I’m neither) and about kids (which I’ve pretty much outgrown).  So conundrum…can I in good faith leave my link when I’m certainly not going to follow either of those two blogs?

 

Jesus, all this thinking is getting to me.  What I really think is that I should have some more coffee, take some Ritalin and go work out.  After all, it’s really all about me, isn’t it?

 

I’m just saying …

 

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28 Comments

  1. Matty
    April 13, 2011

    Lynn, everyone has their own motives and goals for blogging. Once you’ve decided what those are, then you want to create your plan for following through with them.

    For example, if you want to grow your readership, there are time proven ways of doing that. One is visiting and commenting on other blogs. By doing that, you introduce yourself to new people and get return visits and backlinks. Blog hops is another, and there is no obligation to follow their rules. You can visit all or some of the other blogs on the hop and only comment on those you find interesting and have a possible connection with. Learn about and use SEO (search engine optimization) to get the search engines to “see” your posts. Enter your posts into “memes”, whereby you link a particular post to a special topic, such as writing, poetry, etc.

    There are many more techniques for expanding your reader base, but these are just a few for starters. If you really want exposure for your blog, there are plenty of other blogs that specialize in giving advice for getting your blog on a roll.

    You have a knack for humor, so that might be an area you want to explore. Best of luck to your blogging career.

    Matty

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      Thanks for your comment Matty. I actually have read a ton on what to do to expand your readership. I feel like i do the consistency and posting part but i grow a little weary at times with all the other crap.

      I DO go to other blogs and comment on them. I just can’t make myself do the same thing over and over. I’m actually amazed that i’ve been at it this long. I’m at 8 months which is simply astonishing already.

      Thanks for complimenting me on the humor stuff too. I really appreciate your comment.

      Thanks,

      Lynn

  2. liz
    April 13, 2011

    You are in quite a conundrum, Lynn. Though I find the suggestion that you’re anxious about it kind of intriguing. Maybe you’re worried how to handle all the press once you take over the world?
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    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      it’s funny you use that word because we always think that and paradox are the two best descriptors for me. Taking over the world is going extremely slowly and proving to be more difficult than i thought it would be.

  3. Bill
    April 13, 2011

    Nothing interesting is happening on twitter at 7:30? Hmm, i’ll have to remedy that.

    Every morning at 7:30, i’ll tweet something interesting. If i remember.

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      that would be great if you rectified that…not much going on at 7:30 in my opinion

  4. Pamela D Hart
    April 13, 2011

    Lynn, wow, you have a fear of success—I have the same damn thing, along with the fear of rejection, but only with my writing—I’m so NOT consistent. So until I conquer those “phobias”, that world conquering gig will have to wait.

    No doubt blogging is tough. So, the bottom line is defining your “goals”. THAT, my friend, is the hard part and something no one else can really help you with.

    I will tell you this, though, you have a shtick, so to speak. So, if you really wanted to branch out, you’d be successful, imo.
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    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      wow…what a great comment. Yeah, i have a fear of success. I never fear rejection…with my personality i get rejected ALL THE TIME. Success and the expectations that go with it are always a toughie for me. However, figuring out my goal is even tougher. Mostly because it changes depending on my mood.

      I have my shtick huh? I love that…i’m just being me…for better or worse.

  5. Lady Estrogen
    April 13, 2011

    Yeah – the Hops are a give&take thing. I have to be in the mooood these days.
    I only visit ones on the list I think I’ll be interested in – no green or coupons for me! LOL

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      I just know that if i submitted to some of these sites regularly that i could increase stuff but i always start out with good intentions and then bam, i’m over it. I don’t even put my shit up on BlogHer everyday! I suck

  6. Dawn G
    April 13, 2011

    I think we should start a club. I do the same thing — except the part about blogging with any kind of consistency. I will occasionally write something for a few days in a row, then I’m mute for a month (or more). I just don’t think anyone is all that interested in what I have to say…. Hmmm, 7:30 you say? I occasionally tweet something in the total nonsequitur category. Just to see if anyone is paying attention :)

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      I actually write sporadically but can write a bunch of posts in one day so i post 5 days a week. I don’t know if anyone is interested in what i have to say. My opinion is that they SHOULD be. That’s why i often consider spreading the word. But i’m too damn lazy to do so. See? Conundrum!

  7. Making It Work Mom
    April 13, 2011

    Bloghops drain me. I don’t mind participating in some memes, but only if it makes sense to me. In all honesty some of the world domination blogs are good, but the comments are lame. It is like people just comment to be seen on the blog. Isn’t that weird? I would just keep on doing what your doing – world domination and psychotherapy be damned!

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      i don’t need world domination…just a steady amount of readers

  8. SuJeCoInc
    April 13, 2011

    Hahahaha! I’m LAZIER! I just copy, paste, change names and steal your blogs! ;-)

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      That’s funnier…and lazier. How’s it doing up on your site?

  9. Name *
    April 13, 2011

    Obviously I am still completely clueless because I had never even heard of blog hops until today. But I do feel the same way about my blog that you do, kind of at a crossroads. Like, do I really try with this thing or do I not even bother? And I do think that’s fear talking.

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      Ha! So what are you afraid of? I don’t feel that i’m afraid of achieving; i honestly just think that i’m lazy but who knows? It seems like such a hassle to get to the next level.

  10. handflapping
    April 13, 2011

    Haha, I just started blogging, like, last week, and am amazed I’ve kept at it this long. Haven’t even had time to talk about it to the therapist, but my husband is all “your blog is going to take over the world and make us a bonkzillion dollars!” when I know it’s so not, because really, I’m probably the laziest person in the blogosphere, if not the entire world.

    So I totally understand what you mean about those expectations. Who needs that kind of pressure?

    • Lynn
      April 13, 2011

      Hahaha…you’ve been blogging one week? How did you even find me here? Well, there is a huge learning curve and it’s damn hard to make money from blogging but best of luck.

  11. Queen Mahin
    April 14, 2011

    Hi Lynn, I’ve been on social media overload so I took a few days off, but I missed your random musings. I sure am glad that you’re doing what you do, even if you don’t quite know why.
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    • Lynn
      April 14, 2011

      I’m not going anywhere as long as I have people like you actually reading my stuff. Thanks for being you!

  12. Christina
    April 14, 2011

    Hi Lynn, found you via Studio Thirty where you posted a funny story in which you shocked your MIL. I read your post and really laughed. Then I read all seven thousand comments and laughed even harder. Good gravy some people need to get a sense of humor….I bet ebay has them cheap.

    Anyway, I’m a new follower because, well, I think you’re funny and I like that you stir the pot…even if you don’t realize that is what you are doing as you are posting about the joys of snipping penis parts off.

    • Lynn
      April 14, 2011

      Yeahhhh! Thanks for finding me over here. That post created a huge clusterfuck. Normally, things aren’t that crazy around here…welll, other than me.

  13. Sarah Hague
    April 19, 2011

    Sounds like you don’t really want 1000s of readers, that would be too much like hard work, and be an obligation to keep them all happy what with all their expectations an’ all.

    I don’t like feeling obliged either, unless I’m getting a pay check, paid holidays and a pension.

    I don’t want the bother, frankly.

    • Lynn
      April 19, 2011

      Hey there! how are you doing? I would like more readers but not if it actually takes killing myself to get them…i’m lazy like that. Hope you’re doing well!

      • Name *
        April 19, 2011

        I’m fine, ta for asking, and I’m all for not killing myself over notoriety.

        Mind you, if I’m taking an interest in someone’s blog and leaving comments and get no reciprocity I do tend to lose interest. It’s like talking to a brick wall. Brick walls are of limited interest even if beautifully pointed so I stop reading.

        I’m more indulgent of your blog, Lynn because I know you’re nuts and probably can’t help it…

        :D
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        • Lynn
          April 19, 2011

          you know what…i need to get you by email…i suck at Google Reader…i’m off to do that right now!

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