This is my Confession

I think I have mentioned this before, but it could have been a draft post that I made but never posted.

In any case, this is me, Alex Laybourne, and this is my confession.

Just this morning, I was posting about an award nomination I got, and as part of it, I had to nominate three other blogs to receive the award. I was staggered when I ran into such difficulty in naming three blogs.

I had never thought about it before, but most of my interaction and friendships with other writers is built around Facebook and Twitter conversations.

Similarly, I nominated three friends for an award just last month and didn’t want to nominate the same three people again. Not that they didn’t deserve it, but I like to share my appreciation with others too.

They say to be a writer, you need to be a reader. I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I don’t think it is possible to be one without the other. I write a lot, and read a lot. They go hand in hand and compliment each other perfectly.

When it comes to blogging however, while I feel the same theory should be used, I fail miserably.

I start out with the very best of intentions, I follow a great many blogs all of which I really want to read… most of them at least, and I flag all of the posts as they come in. I just fail to sit down and read them. Why? I don’t know. That is the problem. I really don’t know. It is just some sort of mental block I have.

There are a couple of blogs that I read every post of, but that is not enough. It is like only reading books by one author, it does help you, but after a while you hit the limit of your potential, unless you broaden your horizons.

I have tried setting aside time in the day to read blogs, but then I often find myself either forgetting or having to sacrifice something to accommodate the rest of my rather hectic daily schedule.

I do think that the first step I need to take is to unfollow a few blogs. Not because the content is bad, or because I don’t like them, but rather because, I don’t have time to read them all, and seeing the list growing longer and longer in my email folder seems to make it all the more daunting. Also, I feel sorry for the bloggers themselves. I have marked myself down as a follower yet actually do little more than accumulate emails from them. I would hardly call it a follower. Perhaps I should just need a much better system.

I understand that to develop my own blog, I need to read blogs, to comment on blogs, but really, I want to read more blogs simply because I am eager to learn. To improve myself. I promise to you all, that from today, I will make a much better effort to read more blog posts, not just from you, my friends, but on a much broader spectrum.

Until now, I have had no strategy in my blog reading. I am not good with Google. I can use it of course, but only on basic levels. For finding things like blogs, and interesting hangouts, I suck… big time.

No matter what way I look at it, what excuses I try to use to cover up my failings, the long and the short of it is, I do not do enough work when it comes to reading blogs, and I should do.

I will do.

I promise

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9 comments on “This is my Confession

  1. My goal is to follow more blogs that have content that is applicable to my life. The ones that I follow are interesting and thought-provoking; I just need a lot more of them. As you mentioned, the more we interact with, the more potential followers we ourselves have.
    I do not comment on every post that is put up by the blogs I follow, just the ones that touch something in my heart or mind. I want what I say on someone’s blog post to have meaning and to touch their heart and mind as much as they have touched mine.

    • That is true, and maybe there is something about the blogs I follow and the posts for many of them not necessarily sticking with me. I often read the opening paragraph in my email before I click to open the post itself.

  2. I know that feeling Alex – you check your mail and the list of new posts and comments seems never ending. I used to feel totally overwhelmed. Nowadays I’ve learned to skim. When I find a conversation that interests me I stop, say hello, add my 2 cents worth and move on. The joy is in finding someone who’s having a meaty discussion about something. Blog central for me is Indies Unlimited. Post by writers, for writers and about writers. Just remember – it has to be fun!

  3. Don’t beat yourself up about it, Alex. I have been subscribing to blog posts so they land in my e-mail. It sounds like you do this, too. Then I delete everything that doesn’t immediately grab my attention or it is someone that I haven’t visited in a while. No one can visit 30 blogs a day! If it gets close to the weekend, then I save a few more from deletion and visit then. I’m hoping by doing this, as well as by touching base periodically across the other social sites, that I will stay in the consciousness of all of my pals.
    Good luck. I probably visit you 4-6 times per month. We do the best we can.
    Have a great weekend.

    -Jimmy

    • Thanks Jimmy. I agree with you, you don’t need to visit a blog every day . I would be happy with a rotation system. One week I check these few blogs, the next week I’ll check some others etc. That would be ideal.

  4. Hi Alex, it’s a tough one, no need to beat yourself up! I find email following a bit of a pain for the same reasons as everyone else here, it just clogs up the system and makes you less likely to read any of them as the choice is overwhelming. I much prefer to follow via google and other links. The fifteen most recently posted blogs of those I follow in this way are listed on my site so I tend to look at these when they come up, rather than check email. Yes, I feel so guilty about the whole helping fellow bloggers thing but console myself that I already spend too long reading other people’s so I really can’t devote any more time. On that note, off to do some writing! Nice post.

    • I feel the same way Jackie, I often find myself marking blogs, to read them in my free time that evening of what have you, but by that time I sit down and end up either posting something myself or working on my novel.

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