My Underdog Blog – or How to be Bad at Blogging

Ah, a new year. There’s nothing like it for charting progress and tallying up successes. In the blogging world, it’s the time many bloggers examine their stats and reflect upon how well they stuck to their publishing schedules.

Unless, of course, you are me. It’s no wonder my favorite childhood cartoon was Underdog.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a blog! A BLOG??? (Only those of you of a certain age will get this reference!)

 

Oh, I looked at my stats all right. When it comes to posting on this blog, on a scale of “comatose” to “killing it,” I fall somewhere between “sloth” and “distracted toddler.” The most baffling thing to me is that I’ve actually gained some followers. And some of them aren’t bots, but actual real live humans! Crazy!

 

In 2017, I published a measly 19 blog posts. Four of the 19 were reruns of previous posts, triggered by WordPress daily prompts. In another, I cannibalized my LinkedIn account, simply linking to a couple of work-related articles I’d posted there.

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My last post of the year, God help me, was a plea to bloggers to stop apologizing for not posting. Can you say “rationalization”?!

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It would be easy to feel bad about my lack of productivity on Maid’s Day Off. I do wish I posted more often. Ironically, I’m very disciplined in other aspects of my life.

The tagline of my blog is “Stuff I think about doing when I’m doing other stuff.” Before I became a freelance writer, I thought my full-time job was the big thing keeping me from doing things like blogging.

Now I work from home. I love it, but it’s been difficult to keep a schedule. When I have a freelance assignment, it gets my full attention. I pride myself on meeting deadlines and I’m often ahead of schedule.

The rest of the time, not so much. Without someone holding me accountable, distractions are everywhere. I get sucked into the siren song of social media. I like reading the paper while watching the morning news. And grocery shopping without the weekend crowds is a joy! But it all keeps me from my keyboard.

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In mid-July, I set a goal to write at least 500 words every day. The hope was that a few decent blog posts would rise out of the dreck. I stuck to it seriously for about 104 days only missing 17. I’ll take that as a win. Unfortunately, not much of it ended up on my blog. The more I wrote, the louder and snarkier my inner critic became. Not only has my blog lacked quantity, I’ve also reached new heights of mediocrity!

 

I know it’s not all crap, and I’ll be revisiting my files to see what’s salvageable. Part of that will involve contemplating my focus. My original vision for this blog was humorous observations of my world mixed with some memoir. A few tragic life events made it take a detour down some unplanned melancholy roads. I want to get back on track, as soon as I figure out which track I want to be on.

So, my blogging record has been less than stellar. But many of the things keeping me from blogging in 2017 are things I can be proud of.

It was my first full year of freelance writing. I continue to write for a local business journal and have gotten some new clients almost by accident. I can’t wait to see where it goes in 2018 with the business plan I will be implementing.

I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone to market my business and do quite a bit of networking. It’s still a struggle for an introvert like me, but I continue to suck it up and get out there.

I’ve tweaked my online portfolio and written some articles on LinkedIn.

On a more personal note, I’ve succeeded in meditating daily and sticking with a regular yoga practice. I’ve traveled a bit and spent valuable time with friends and family. I even had a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing a solar eclipse at totality!

So, even though my presence on my blog has been somewhat forlorn, I can’t call 2017 a failure. I’ve got some goals for Maid’s Day Off for 2018. I’ll do my best to meet them, but I refuse to be too hard on myself if I don’t. That’s the thing about a new year. You always get another chance.

 

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13 thoughts on “My Underdog Blog – or How to be Bad at Blogging

  1. I blog to amuse myself. If anyone else enjoys what I throw up there, all the better. Going to be celebrating 8 years on WordPress later this month. That’s a lot of amusement.

    Take it one day at a time and have fun. The world will be waiting.

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  2. Ah, you’re doing the stuff I need to be doing… The more I read about publishing -even traditional publishing- the more I hear that authors have to do their own marketing. Shame on me, whose degree is a BS in Marketing (Pre-chiropractic, that is). I wish I knew how to toot my own horn and not feel guilty about it! It sounds like you’ve found a great place professionally! And you’re still hanging in there with your blog. How many of the folks we started out with have gone by the wayside? A lot!! New year, new chance is right!

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  3. I’ve always written things down with me being the only one to read what I wrote. It took a long, long time for me to get the courage to share what I wrote because I didn’t think anyone would be interested.

    Since joining WordPress I’ve discovered wonderful bloggers like yourself and I look forward to reading what you have to say. Lately, I’ve spent more time reading than writing. I still don’t think of myself as a blogger like you and the others I follow because I don’t post regularly, and you guys are just so good at what you do.

    Thank you for some enjoyable reading.

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    • I too spend a lot more time reading than writing. There are so many good bloggers out there, it’s hard not to compare myself and come up short. You’ve made my day by including me in their ranks! Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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  4. I found that blogging helped hone my writing when I finally began to publish books. I guess I blog for the practice and because I’ve met a lot of nice people like you. But when life gets in the way, I don’t really feel a need to get that post out. And when I do finally get a post out, I find my good friends are still there. So, I say 19 posts are more than 1 a month and that’s pretty good in my book.

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    • I agree – the practice and the people are what keep me here. And you’re right, 19 isn’t so terrible. Some bloggers are so prolific – I just don’t know how they manage it! Thanks for reading and the encouragement!

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  5. I read on Hugh’s blog today that one of the criteria for continuing to blog is to have fun with it, and give up the guilt. There are enough things to feel guilty about in this world! And I want a sloth for my therapy pet – they are the best. Anyway, I’m proud of you for writing 500 words a day and am positive when you decide the time is right that some of those words will translate into blog posts. In the meantime,I’ll continue to follow you. And yes, you can add my blog to your list of those you follow. I’d be honored. I tried to email you back but it didn’t go through for some reason.

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