You Know You Are A Blogger When

You think about your blog all the time. Even more so if you’re a daily blogger. You love blogging too much to do it once in a blue moon. Besides, life would be boring if you did.

You read articles and books and posts about blogging. Learning by osmosis is a strategy you’ve all but perfected by now.

You can work anywhere, anytime. Even at the dentist’s office right before getting your wisdom teeth removed.

You spend so much time on small details. Like choosing the right font or picking the perfect word.

You have some of your best ideas at the worst times. While you’re driving. When you’re in the shower. So you make a mental note to remember. Inevitably, one too many escape from your memory.

You procrastinate hitting the publish button. Until you realize you’ve been procrastinating for far too long.

You feel a sense of accomplishment whenever you publish a post. Afterwards, you reward yourself by repeating the procrastination cycle.

You don’t know how to talk about your blog to people in real life. What’s your blog called? You stumble and stutter. What’s your blog about? You try to change the subject.

You love your blog. And everything about it. You also love your readers. They won’t judge you, which is all you could ever ask for.

If you enjoyed this post, you might like You Know You Are A Writer When and You Know You Are A Reader When.

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What I’m Doing With My Blog

I haven’t given too much thought to my blog lately. But now is as good a time as ever to think about what I want to do and where I want to go.

I’m happy blogging for myself and no one else. That being said, I always want to change for the better. If you have any suggestions as to how I can improve, feel free to let me know.

I know I’m not being too specific, but vagueness is my weakness. I’ve had people call me out for being too general. I can’t help it. I like hoarding secrets.

I also don’t want to promise anything yet not deliver on my promises. Safe to say, I have plenty of ideas I want to explore and stories I need to share. Storytelling is a basic need.

In 2013, I created this blog on a limb. I want to make it a fun place for me and for all of you. I’ll update it as often as possible. I’m 99.9 percent sure I haven’t gone two days in a row without posting something. I’d like to keep that streak alive.

In terms of content, I’ll continue to read and review books. I post my reviews on WordPress and on Goodreads.

I’ve been making blog graphics for a while now. I like how they look, so they won’t change much. Visual interest is never a bad thing.

For a number of reasons, I love sharing poetry on here. Going forward, I would love to experiment more with different styles.

If and when I publish something somewhere else, you best believe I’m letting all of you know. Key word being if.

I also love lists. So expect to see more of them from me this year.

I haven’t posted a short story in the longest time. Maybe I will once every blue moon. I tend to submit to contests or competitions first.

Please don’t hesitate to comment and speak your mind. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

How To Break Out Of Blogger’s Block

I don’t know what’s worse: blogger’s block or writer’s block.

Either way, here are some ways to break out of blogging slumps.

Reread old posts.

It might inspire a new one. Or you may fall down into the rabbit hole of your greatest hits. There’s no losing here.

Work on something else.

You can write a poem, a play. You could even do something completely unrelated to blogging like building a bookshelf. If you want something done, do it yourself. Unless you have two left hands. Then maybe enlist the help of your uncle instead.

Grind through it.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. The bullet doesn’t always taste so bad.

Take a break.

Get a drink. Grab a Kit Kat. Go for a long walk.

Break the blocks.

A 2018 Blogging Q&A

What do you love about blogging?

I love being in complete control. Creating original content. Interacting with people I wouldn’t get to otherwise. Learning about my goals, values, etc. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t blog. After all, sleeping is underrated and socializing is overrated.

What do you hate about blogging?

I don’t like the new editor. That’s why I use the old one. I’m not a fan of changing what isn’t broken. But I wouldn’t still be blogging if I hated the process. I hate getting ideas at the worst time. This explains my disdain towards driving.

What was blogging like in 2017?

I had a consistent year, more consistent than years past at least. I’ve done my best to keep up in spite of other more urgent and important deadlines in life. That being said, I started reviewing books. About time. It took me nearly twenty years to get my life together.

What are your plans for your blog in 2018?

I want to blog for myself. That’s why I started. I suspect if I ever stop blogging, it’ll be because I’m not doing so for my own enjoyment anymore. I don’t plan to quit anytime soon. I hope you’re not sick of me yet.

I can’t predict the future, but I have a feeling 2018 will be better than 2017. I plan to change for the better. If I don’t, you have permission to scream at me.

What else is on your mind?

I want to thank you all for supporting me. It means so much. I’ll try to read and comment as much as possible in 2018. Keep blogging. I’m sure your blog will take you to incredible places you never imagined you’d go.

Picking One Of My Passions

I love reading, writing, and blogging so much, they’re daily habits of mine. At least I try to do them every day. I had the brilliant idea of making myself pick one of my passions over the others. This will be fun.

Reading or writing?

I already hate myself for doing this. I can’t give up creating stories. I say this while staring at all the books on my shelves. They used to be empty, but it’s slowly filling up.

Writing or blogging?

I’m reminded of the time I thought I could only take a writing class or a blogging one. Turns out, I could take both, so I did. Interestingly enough, I did slightly better in the blogging course, but my heart still loves writing more. Also, I’ve skipped more days of blogging than I have writing since I started both.

Reading or blogging?

This is tough as well. I can’t imagine myself not reading ever again. After all, I’ve been reading almost my whole life and blogging for only one fifth of it.

Hopefully, I never have to give up any of my passions. I feel grateful I’m able to do the things I enjoy. I wouldn’t be the same without books, blogs, and baseball. The latter is a story for another day however.

My Problem With Replying To Blog Comments

I’m not sure why, but I feel the need to reply to comments almost immediately.

I feel bad replying a few or several hours later. But life happens.

I also can’t stand when something goes wrong on the technical end and my comment doesn’t send.

I’m the same way with commenting on other bloggers’ posts. I know I’ve been a bad blogger lately in that regard. But I cringe at the thought of leaving a comment on a post that was published a day ago. It feels wrong to me.

As a blogger, I welcome comments. Even and especially on older posts,  I love getting them. As a reader, I’m weird, so sometimes I won’t comment.

I understand bloggers are busy. Everyone has a life to live. So I don’t expect instant comments or replies. In fact, the longer I wait, the more I eagerly await a response.

I still feel somewhat sad when I can’t reply right away. It’s not that I don’t want to.

When I’m away from my blog because I don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, it seems all I can think about is blogging.

The other day someone made a point about how society nowadays expects a quick reply with emails. But remember those days when the world only had snail mail and communications took much longer? Besides, a lot of stuff isn’t all that urgent.

What mattered more was that we got a response eventually, not so much that we had to wait for one.

Maybe I should stop worrying so much over wait times and focus on the content of the message itself.

All this being said, I’ll still try to get back to all of you as soon as possible.

Remind me to remind myself that replying and responding isn’t a race.

Blogging During A Baseball Game

Baseball and blogging totally go together.

I know it’s not good to multi-task, but I’m not perfect. I either do nothing or do everything at the same time. There’s no in between. Besides, the commercials during ball games are frequent and way too long when I’m not doing anything.

The more I think about it, the more I want to blog about baseball. What’s stopping me? Better question, who’s stopping me? Myself.

The imposter syndrome is real. Who am I to blog about baseball? Who am I to blog about blogging?

Life has been a grind lately. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fortunately, I enjoy watching baseball and blogging. Unfortunately, school gets in the way sometimes.

Trying to do two things at once isn’t the most effective way to go. This post has taken a long time to write, and I’m not even halfway there.

In a perfect world where I had 25 hours every day, I like to think my blog posts would be longer. But I do like the shorter format. It’s a nice change from 10 page academic essays.

If you were wondering, which you probably weren’t, I’ve picked up the pace a little bit on this blog post.

Something about doing things slowly bothers me. Most of my problems would be fixed with longer days.

I think I jinxed myself. I stopped blogging because the ball game got interesting.

Remind me not to date a blogger and a baseball fan because then I’d probably never get any work done.

A part of me wishes I had more discipline when it comes to avoiding distractions. Too bad I’m a weak mortal.

I don’t know how baseball bloggers get any work done.

Blogger Prompt Chain

Blogger Prompt Chain

Thank you to the awesome Rachel Poli who tagged me. Here’s to creating a “chain” of stories written by writers and bloggers.

Rules:

  1. Pick one of the five given writing prompts.
  2. Set up the Blogger Prompt Chain banner and publish your story under the banner.
  3. After your story, continue the chain by forwarding an invitation to five bloggers or writers. (In case a writer doesn’t have a blog, guest posts can be offered.)
  4. Don’t forget to link the writers to your blog and back to the one who invited you.
  5. Publish the five writing prompts and rules.

Prompts:

a) The End of The Bucket List

Write a story about a character who finds out that he or she is dying and has been knocking things off his/her bucket list and has finally reached the last item.

b) Get Out of the Car With Your Hands Up

You’re driving to your favourite city when you’re stopped by a police officer. Sure, you were going a few miles over the speed limit, so you’re not overly surprised. But you are surprised when the police officer gets to your car and screams, “Get out of your car with your hands up!” This leads to an unexpected night for you. Write this scene.

c) Hiring a New Villain

Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you’ve put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.

d) At The End of The Rainbow

You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold—and it changes your life. Write this scene.

e) The Letter All Writers Should Write

Write a letter to a person who supported your writing career, whether that be a friend, a family member, a teacher (even one that supported you at a very young age before you knew that it would blossom into a writing career), an author you’ve never met but have been inspired by his or her writing. Do you thank them? Do you blame them? Take the letter in any direction you want.

The Letter All Writers Should Write:

Dear Ms. Davis,

Thank you for everything.

I will never forget all you did for me when I was young and dumb.

Thanks for taking interest, for asking questions. More than anything, I’m thankful you believed in me…even when I didn’t.

I’ll always remember you pulled me aside not once but twice. You cared enough to talk to me and see if I was okay before sending me home. You were also the first person who got the chance to tell me someone else wanted to publish my work.

I don’t know if I would’ve taken writing as seriously if not for the start I had. The beginning of every writer’s career matters a lot. I had a good one thanks to you.

I can’t remember everything but I remember some things. I’m sure the memories will come back. Slowly but surely. I’ll treasure all of them.

Your lessons have gone a long way. I owe a lot of my current successes and failures to you. I have no regrets.

You taught me how to be a student. More importantly, you educated me on how to be a writer.

I wonder where you are right now. I hope you’re doing well.

Thank you so much for everything.

I like to believe you’re proud of how much yet also how little I’ve changed. I’m still just as concise and vague at twenty years old like I was at fourteen.

Sincerely,

Herminia

My Invitations:

I’m going to be that blogger who tags everybody and essentially nobody to participate.

Thanks again to Rachel Poli for the invite. I hope you’re all following her amazing blog.

Thinking About Taking A Break From Blogging

It seems as though thinking about taking a break from blogging is becoming a trend for me. A few times every year I consider going away on an extended hiatus. More often than not, I weather the storm and ride things out. Interestingly, when I think about not blogging for a few days or weeks even, I’m inspired to blog more.

That being said I didn’t post yesterday. I had a massive headache and couldn’t function like abnormal human being. So I took some medicine before trying to sleep it off. I’m feeling much better if you’re wondering, which you probably weren’t.

Whenever I entertain the idea of skipping a day or twenty, it’s mainly because I feel busy. That’s not my biggest concern this month.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated or excited about blogging as of late. I figured taking a few days off might help.

But if there’s one thing I am it’s stubborn. I don’t like the idea of not publishing a post every day. I almost forced my drugged up self to blog yesterday until I thought better of it.

Regardless of what’s going on in my personal life, I want to put in a little bit of work as often as possible.

I won’t give up this gig anytime soon. I hope I can figure everything out. I just know what I’m doing now doesn’t feel right.

Maybe my high expectation syndrome is rearing its ugly head.

I also wouldn’t go say far as to say I’m burnt out. At least not from blogging.

I like to think I’m not bored either.

I’m just set in my ways. So stubborn in how I operate that when things turn out differently, a part of me isn’t happy with the result.

It’s like I have this specific but vague vision of what this blog should be and how my posts need to look. Otherwise, I’m shaking both of my fists at myself.

Nevertheless, the more I blog, the more I realize how little I enjoy editing, especially in comparison to writing. I’ve been procrastinating proofreading and publishing. This issue has contributed to how I’ve been feeling lately.

As a teenager, I used to manage my time better. All that went out the window way too soon.

Don’t ever believe someone who tells you blogging is easy.

The Challenge In Creating Content

Creating content is challenging.

I’m an advocate for alliteration. Sorry not sorry.

When I think too much, which happens way too often, I realize a few things. Brace yourself for this disorganized, messy post.

In many ways, I have been lucky. I won’t rely on luck to get me where I want, though.

Also, the longer I’m in school, the more value I see in doing things outside academia. Like getting real-life experience by working or volunteering.

I also see the value in having a personal passion project on the side like running a blog. I don’t know what would’ve happened if I hadn’t started mine four-plus years ago. The opportunities I’ve gotten and the offers I’ve been given…amazing. All because one day after school, I decided to make an account on WordPress.

I remind myself it takes years to become an overnight success. Nothing happens overnight, nothing incredible at least.

Like everyone else, I have bad blogging days when I’m struggling to put words down on the page. A part of me enjoys the challenge that comes with writing. It’s worth the effort. After all, the bad days make the good ones even sweeter.

I’m not exactly sure what life has in store for me going forward. But I’ll try to do my best and be my best.

I don’t get bored easily because no day is the same. On the other hand, there’s little to no stability or guarantees in this industry.

Still, I wouldn’t enjoy doing the same thing every day. So I’ll gladly choose to experience the challenging and confusing times that come with creating content.