My buddy Megan Gotch aka The Nerdy Girlie (you might remember her from our Women in Geek series) from the awesome Google+ group, Female Geek Bloggers, is hosting a fantastic linkup where we bloggers share 5 confessions of being a blogger. You can see Megan’s confession post here.
So, here are my five Blogger Confessions:
1. I hate, hate, hate promoting myself.
It’s been awesome reading some of the other Blogger Confessions, because I’ve seen that I’m not alone on this one. It feels really weird for me to post all over my Twitter, facebook, and wherever else, asking for people to come and read my stuff. It’s the same reason I’ve never tried to sell Avon or Tupperware. I hate any kind of sales-pitchy, self-promotion. Ultimately, I know that’s what is going to get my blog noticed, so I do my best.
2. I often bite off a lot more than I can chew.
Any reader of my blog will know that I write a LOT outside of Distracted Blogger. Contributing to other blogs is something I love, and it’s a way for me to grow my platform. However, I frequently sign on to do FAR too much in the blogging world (and IRL, too) and I find myself swamped a lot. The problem is it’s tough for me to say no to anything blogging-related because I love it, but I really have to stay on top of myself to avoid spreading myself too thin. I do not always succeed at this.
3. I’m really bad at investing in online community–but I’m working on it.
As I’ve said in the past, I’m a part of the Google+ Female Geek Blogger community. It’s a great group of creative and fun women, but I don’t nearly invest as much as I would like (or as much as I should). I really try to plug in to what others are saying via Bloglovin’, Google+, Tumblr, or Twitter, but I am INCREDIBLY bad at being consistent with it. I can even be bad at keeping up with my IRL buds on social media. I’m trying to clean up my act, but it’s a process.
4. A “blogging schedule” isn’t a thing for me, but it should be.
Because I do a lot of “news blogging” for sites like Project-Nerd, it can be really hard for me to whip up an actual blogging schedule. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll notice that I have a board called “blogging tools”. It’s laughably under-populated compared to the legions of stuff clogging up my other boards. I would love to someday be that blogger who has a specific blogging schedule, and even have some blogs ready ahead of time. However, that’s definitely not the woman you see before you today.
5. Blogging has helped me get a better grasp on my dreams and what I want from my life.
It’s weird, but starting Distracted Blogger has helped me realize what I love, and what I don’t love. For a really long time, I felt like I really needed to aspire to be a novelist. I work in publishing, a lot of my friends are aspiring novelists, and for a while, I aspired to be one, too. However, I’ve realized pretty quickly that the novelist life just isn’t for me. I love blogging, and I love journalistic-style writing, and it’s okay for me to leave noveling to the pros. I’ve also realized that I’d love to some day parlay Distracted Blogger and my blogging life into some sort of a career in journalism. I don’t quite know what that looks like just yet, but I know that I love this stuff too much to not attempt to turn this into some sort of a real job where I make actual money. For a chick with an English degree who for years now knew that she just wanted to do “something with writing that isn’t teaching”, this is a really exciting and refreshing revelation.
So there you have it! If you want to participate in the link up, write your own post with your 5 blogging confessions, link back to Megan’s original post, use the hashtag #BloggerConfessions so we can all see it and Megan can RT, and leave your post in the comments of Megan’s post!