Let’s be honest guys, more than likely I am not your favorite blogger and that’s ok. I know you like me, you show me love and I appreciate it so much. However, I’ve identified eight reasons why I’ll never be your favorite blogger. This way we can eradicate that elephant in my little corner of this beautiful world between the wires 😉
I have no hard feelings over it and neither should you! Let me explain myself…
I am NOT a social media butterfly. I know it has become necessary in our oh-so constantly plugged in world, but I’m just not a huge fan. Mainly, I hate Twitter. I especially hate Twitter when I know I have a multitude of notifications that need following up on. Isn’t that horrible?! Don’t get me wrong, I am honored and flattered by every mention and retweet bestowed upon me, but you may have noticed I’m a little slow on the uptake. Mostly I forget to check in and so they pile up, then I have a lot of people to thank and I feel like a simple ‘Hey, thanks for the RT *insert appropriate emoticon*’ is just not sufficient over and over again. Also, because I forget to check in, I don’t reciprocate as I should. Basically, I suck at Twitter. While I can be quite humorous in person or in conversation, it does not come across well in my writing – especially in 140 characters or less. I gave up trying to be witty on Twitter quite some time ago, because even when I thought I was funny, nobody else seemed to. So there’s that.
As far as Facebook goes, I’ve had some very negative experiences being open and honest about my feelings. I see other people post raw and personal things about their lives and struggles on the site and receive an outpouring of love and support in response. When I have posted similar things I have had people ask if I have taken my meds, or more often, I get no response at all. I have even been told I should not ‘rant’ about my problems, that nobody wants to hear it and I should keep it to myself. So, I’ve conditioned myself to stay mostly silent, especially if my mental health is faltering. I’ve been working on this lately, thanks to HastyWords and her #BeReal campaign, and if I do post something of a sensitive nature I usually tag it #BeRealFB as a kind of warning.
I forget about Pinterest. I even forget to pin my own blog posts (feel free to pin them for me if you feel so inclined *wink, wink*)! I don’t understand Google+, not even sure why I have an account. I really don’t understand LinkedIn or why I’m on that network either.
Here’s the good news – I really like Instagram! I take pleasure in photography, despite being far from a professional. And I enjoy seeing your photos as well, so we should definitely connect there if we haven’t already!!
I rarely, if ever, write about pop culture. Religion, politics, celebrities, product reviews, whatever happens to be trending in the news… not interested. Wait, let me be clear, I’m not interested in writing about those topics, I like reading your posts on some of those topics. It seems like many people are fanatical about religion and politics, and while a good debate can be stimulating, people can get very defensive and nasty about it too. That’s not my style.
I have zero interest in celebrities’ personal lives, they get too much attention as it is, in my opinion. I don’t make money from my blog so I have no reason to write product reviews. As far as trending news, things happen so fast and by the time I could come up with an intelligent response, something new is trending. Either that or I don’t feel I’m qualified to speak on the topic.
I’m not a humor writer. I’m just not funny enough. Wait…no…I’m not! STOP LAUGHING AT ME! Oh, it’s just so true. I love a good laugh, I mean, who doesn’t? Comic relief is a great way to reduce stress, but don’t look at me to find it!!
I am not good at posting on a regular schedule. I have flashes of inspiration and ideas, most of which do not result in hitting the ‘publish’ button. I am in awe of the writers who publish quality content on a regular basis and wish the words came to me in such a way. Alas, I am who I am and it doesn’t work that way for me. When I started Sidereal Catalyst I vowed to write as often as inspiration allowed, and to that I will remain true.
I often (mostly) write about my journey through depression and anxiety. These topics make many people uncomfortable and can be very hard to relate with. Writing about it helps me heal, and I hope it gives a voice to others experiencing similar issues. Yet in doing so, I realize I alienate a large portion of readers. To those who value my words, and walk with me in my journey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have found a community full of love and support that has been truly incredible and humbling.
I am not a mommy-blogger. It seems like SO MANY great bloggers write about their experiences as parents. It’s a beautiful thing and there is a reason they are so popular – parents can always use the support, advice, and ideas from other parents on how to deal with parenthood. I am quite sure if I were a parent I too would write about that journey, but I’m not.
I don’t participate in blog awards when nominated. I wish I had pithy reasoning behind this, but in all honesty, I don’t. Since the conception of Sidereal Catalyst I’ve been nominated for two awards and it is an honor each time. Perhaps I don’t feel worthy? Or maybe I’m not sure how I feel about nominating other bloggers, as that is part of the process. Either way, I don’t display the award badges nor do I write the corresponding posts.
I rarely participate in blog hops. When I do participate, it’s usually not on a regular basis. There is a multitude of awesome weekly hops available to join in on, and yet I don’t. Just as with the blog awards, I don’t have a single damn good reason not to. Sure, I could tell you I don’t have time but that wouldn’t be entirely true. There are days and weeks when I don’t have time, but generally, I do have time – I’m just terrible with time management. I am quite talented at wasting exorbitant amounts of time and I couldn’t even tell you what occupies said time. It’s amazing I get anything done, really.
So… With all of that said, you can see that I understand why I’ll never be your favorite blogger. I realize my limitations and take full ownership of them. I appreciate those of you who embrace me despite these things. You are my people, my tribe, my very own community in this world between the wires. Thank you for being part of my journey, loves ❤ I will continue to give you my best, as often as inspiration allows.
Are you a social media butterfly? Do you have limitations as a writer and/or blogger? Do you post on a regular schedule?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!