Quick Tip: Stay Regular by michelle w. on February 21, 2013 – Posted In The WordPress Daily Post
This is the sort of ‘prompt’ that makes me really want to spit the dummy and pull the plug on WordPress, I am, as was once famously exclaimed in a meeting in one of my former workplaces, incandescent with rage. I’m also chomping at the bit, and what is THAT going to do to my metaphorical ‘gastro-intestinal health’ Michelle???!
This was posted on a friends status recently and I’d love to be able to add WordPress slap bang in the middle of it like the soul sucking vortex it is turning into for me, but of course we already know I’m lacking in the technical geek genes to do that and it would probably be a guaranteed “Not To Be Freshly Pressed Ever” flag on my account, and no one really wants that however bitter and twisted they are feeling.
I think most bloggers out there are already intelligent enough to realise that regular content garners regular followers, and though there is a lot of very sensible and useful advice in yesterdays Daily Post I’ve been left with an overriding feeling of anger and resentment towards the author. There are many bloggers who are already dedicated, conscientious and on task with regular output; they treat their blogs like an extension of their working life’s or as an inroad into the working life they have not yet attained and are dreaming of. And when I say working life, I’m meaning actual factual, paid and contractual, working life’s. The most prolific ones notably already have very successful careers and a proven track record of meeting writing deadlines in their About pages. But the reality is that the blogging community is as diverse as the ‘real’ world outside of the carefully crafted and themed screens, and surely that’s how it should be, not just an army of robots all dancing to the same Daily Prompted and pre programmed tune?
Some of us are dictated to more by the state of our mental health than an oppressive overseer (though you could argue that the two have a lot in common) and our blogs reflect that, tough, deal with it WordPress. If you have mood disorders your writing will follow a haphazard and erratic pattern, particularly if you don’t want to be a blogger who is posting from the very depths of a big black hole week in week out, depressing some poor happy soul who chanced upon that post, and especially if this is a creative hobby that you only get a pittance for from WordAds. Some bloggers do want to share their darkest hours with the world and that’s fair enough, they are brave enough to write about all their problems, including ironically, their problems with writing….metablogging??! But the inherent danger of that is that there is also some serious burn out happening to WordPess Bloggers the world over, a plethora of too many personal details going global and eternally accessible for my liking, and frankly, some tedious and boring naval gazing going on as well. I don’t even write a daily entry in my journal because sometimes I have nothing worth expressing there either, which is unfortunate because my favourite quote from Oscar Wilde is:
See, even he was a slouch in the reading and writing department at times, all of the getting the life that he got was understandably exhausting. What would his pithily witty response to the Daily Post be I wonder?
Personally, I think interesting content comes from people who are out there getting a life, meeting friends, travelling, doing the day to day stuff that occasionally turns up a gem of a post in response to the actual experience, and not merely the imagination. I am growing increasingly envious of photography blogging and I may cut down my verbiage posts and insert more quick and snappy image and tag line ones, but that doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting that you all convene every Friday at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time precisely for a ‘regular’ posting of heavily edited, exquisitely shot and framed photo montages. Plus I don’t even have Photoshop yet so I can’t compete.
So bloody what if people don’t post for ages and then come back with a “I was busy” post? Hurrah for that, because I’m rejoicing the fact that you were busy doing something else and I can’t wait to hear about it whenever you’re ready to share, but if you don’t that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop reading your blog full stop. It’s unhealthy for everyone to just sit at their computers feeling pressurised into posting regularly instead of getting out of the house and away from social media once in a while TO GET A LIFE WORTH WRITING ABOUT INSTEAD. Every now and again we just don’t ‘want to go’, and for some, Michelle must be the healthy dose of fibre packed bran they desperately need in their writing diet to get them ‘going again’, but for me it’s just a dose too much of intervention and virtual workplace bullying.
And what about the reader in all of this? Are there any considerations about the audience response to the churning out of Daily Posts by the same bloggers? What about the pressures we are under to consume all of this prolific daily output. I don’t know about you (but please feel free to add your two penneth worth in the comments) but I don’t have time to actually dedicatedly follow every single post from my fellow bloggers either. Don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and all the other blogs that I read, but it’s going to remain on my terms not yours Michelle.
Digest that if you can, and don’t expect an apology if it gets stuck in your craw colon.
(She may or may not also breath fire with her incessant demands but if you have actual proof I suggest you dedicate a FaceBook page to documenting the evidence, you will get at least one ‘like’ from me).