There’s this thing happening in the Aussie blogosphere at the moment that is really quite liberating. It was started by Stacey of VeggieMama in this post that she wrote here and I LOVE IT!! And of course so did other bloggers! It caught on – because so many other bloggers could relate to what Stacey had written. Thus started an outpouring of #UselessBlogger posts like these here, here, here, here and here.
Ok listen up while I tell you a little story. Are you comfy? Yes? Good! You see the thing is, all of us bloggers generally start a blog because we want to write, express ourselves and share our thoughts. We also usually have been seeking a creative outlet, and we want to make connections! We’re mostly pretty cool people – kind-hearted, caring, and passionate. Being the nice people that we are, we want to make sure that whoever comes to visit our blog enjoys their visit and wants to come back again. So, we do all we can to learn how to be the bestest blogger ever!! In order to be the bestest blogger ever, we are given various specific recipes and concoctions from the experts that are guaranteed to work. One very important ingredient that is absolutely essential if you ever wish to achieve your ‘bestest blog ever’ goals, is a thing called ‘USEFUL CONTENT’. You heard right – yes – everything that you post must be useful and provide value to the reader!
Ok that doesn’t sound too hard does it? Course not! So we do some planning. We do some mind mapping. We use those sticky notes. We make some spreadsheets. We write in our ‘Let’s Blog Some Shit’ notebook from Typo. Yep – we put our much-loved stationery purchases to good bloggy use. We get busy workshopping our ‘useful content’. Man are we organised or what?! Well we are until we start to run out of ideas and we start itching to just chat and tell stories like the old days. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We must deliver valuable and useful content! We can start to feel paralysed! We can get writer’s block! We can get sidetracked! We can start to not enjoy the blog so much. We can start to blog less and less frequently. So maybe we need a little bit of both huh? Maybe our chatting and telling of stories is actually useful stuff too? Maybe people actually enjoy that stuff? Maybe they actually like getting to know us – the person behind the blog?
So you see, this #UselessBlogger thing has been quite liberating and now Aussie bloggers are enjoying kicking back, chillaxing and chatting like the old days and the stuff that’s coming out is gold and it’s fun and well let’s do it more I say!
I find the timing of this #UselessBlogger phenomenon just perfecto! I mean – who has been a bit absent from her blog lately? Who has felt a bit overwhelmed by the pressure of all the recipes and concoctions in order for her to have the ‘bestest blog ever’ and so that people will like visiting and bloggers everywhere will rejoice at how fab she is?! Haha! Yep – that would be me!
I’m slowly getting my blogging mojo back. Slowly but surely. The key for me was getting back to basics which includes looking after me. I’ve been getting up early and walking and enjoying sunrises. Nature is my medicine! It makes everything better. Evidence below.
My early morning walks are becoming a new routine and what a wonderful way to start each day. I have my 10,000 steps and more done before I even have breakfast! I love seeing the sun rise each day and the exercise is good for not only my body but my head! Speaking of my head, I got my hair done on Tuesday and I tell you what, it made me feel so much better. I was feeling so daggy!! I love my hair appointments and boy was this one needed. My hair was feeling heavy and frumpy, not to mention yukky dark roots. I left there with my roots sorted, a scalp massage enjoyed, layers all chopped back in so my hair felt lighter and bouncier again. Yay for hair appointments. Here’s the pic I shared on my Facebook page.
So getting back to blogging – I’ve been blogging since September 2012 which means I’ve been blogging for about 3.5 years. 2 years at my first blog and 1.5 years at Write of the Middle. In that time I’ve learnt a lot, met heaps of wonderful people, had some wins, had lots of fails, had really productive times and really unproductive times. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride this blogging thing, but I do love it so there blogosphere – I’m gonna be part of you for the long haul!
And there is my useless blog post to add to the #UselessBlogger campaign. Was it useless or was it useful – now there is the question!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with With Some Grace for #FYBF