This blogging thing

I’m finally here at the computer to write a post (not that I haven’t been at my computer all week for various reasons, just not this reason), and I have so many different things that I intended to write about that I don’t know where to start or which one to choose. I thought about doing a “Sunday Stitch’n’Gab” type of post every week, with all the little things in it that wouldn’t make up a whole post on their own, but then I remembered that that’s why I created the “Scraps” over there on the right: so that little things can go in there as they happen. You can see I’ve done so well with that.

Another thing I did a couple of times was the Thursday Thirteen. I thought it would prompt at least that one post per week, and some of the lists might be interesting or encourage some fun thought processes and conversations through comments. Problem is, I don’t always worry about what day it is around here. If I don’t have to leave the house and it’s not a weekend (when ITMan is around all day, so it’s obviously either Saturday or Sunday), I don’t necessarily pay attention to the fact that it’s a certain day and I should be doing a certain something. Thursday Thirteen ends up being done on Friday, or worse, Monday the next week!

If there was a way to transfer my thoughts directly to the “Write Post” box on the screen…you’d be seeing new posts daily or more often even.

As I’ve said before, maybe I’m just not a very good blogger. I think about writing sometimes, and if it’s a subject that’s long and I don’t have time to really get it all down right then, I just don’t even start. Yeah, I know, that’s what the “draft” feature is for, right? Start something, save it, come back to it later. I don’t do that much, and when I do, those drafts seem to sit there forever and I never post them up, which says to me that it wasn’t important anyway. If it’s something I really want to say, I want to say it now and get it done, not save it as a draft and finish it later. Of course, sometimes I wish I’d made drafts, because as soon as I click “Publish,” nine times out of ten I go back and immediately edit anyway. Just a word or two here and there, but it’s still a little silly to do it that way when there’s a perfectly good draft feature in WordPress.

Then there are times when I think about things I’d like to write, but my hands are busy doing something else, and I don’t stop to blog about whatever it is. Then later, I’ve forgotten all the words and phrases that I’d so carefully crafted in my brain while my hands were busy. If there was a way to transfer my thoughts directly to the “Write Post” box on the screen, bypassing the keyboard, I’d be in business, and you’d be seeing new posts daily or more often even. Of course, there would have to be a way to turn that off, since you might not want to see ALL my thoughts on the screen. That would be scary!

I also don’t want to get into the situation where I feel the need to post something just because I haven’t in a few days. If I feel I have to, or guilty because I haven’t, then I know I won’t want to do it at all. Blogging is supposed to be fun, right? How do you all handle these issues? Do you post on a regular schedule? Do you expect to see regular postings from the bloggers you read? Do you read bloggers who post nothing for a week, then belt out three or four posts in a day? Do you like regular repeat posts, like a “Sunday Roast” or “Thursday Thirteen?” Talk to me, people.

6 thoughts on “This blogging thing

  1. I love reading new posts! Since I am fairly new to your site, I wouldn’t know a repeat from a new post. I have seen other bloggers recyle their post with a short, new introduction. If I had already read it, it was my choice to skip it or not.

    Sometimes it seems like ‘analysis paralysis’ overtakes us all. In wanting it to be perfect we never start it at all…when just sitting down and doing a little every day would get it done…and very well at that.

    I admire that you post as often as you do, and I thank you.


  2. Hi Susan,

    “Analysis paralysis,” very interesting, I think that’s sometimes what happens to me in various situations. And I am a recovering perfectionist! “Recovering” meaning that I’m not as bad as I used to be, or maybe I’m hoping I’m not as bad, or something.

    Thanks for your kind comments!


  3. Dear Nadine, When reading your post I could have been reading about me. I have posted so many blogs in my head they just don’t get to the computer. It’s the same with emailing to a couple of lists that I’m on. By the time I get to write a response to a post the thread has moved on. Our blog is a combination business and personal quilt related blog. The main aim was to keep people informed on what was happening at the shop between term newsletters and what is new in the shop. The only problem is time and sometimes by the time we get to the what’s new it’s not new anymore. I think I need to get ORGANISED. I do visit your blog about once a week and I love it. I hope you will continue as theyn say better lated than never. I loved your podcasts too but can understand what a mammoth task that was. bfn
    Sandra Melbourne Australia


  4. Nadine,
    Were you writing the thoughts in my mind? I’ll be one of the first to sign up for the technology that transfers my head writings to the blog! or birthday cards or e-mail/snail mail notes/letters, etc. To sum it up best….my sister was helping me clear out some files before I made a cross country move. She asked me if she could have the card now. Hmmm….seems I had addressed an envelope to her and stamped it….card inside. She opened the envelope. I had intended to send her a birthday card 11 years ago. Thank you for sharing what you do and we understand…. You have a gift in this quilting world, and thank you for sharing.
    Jane, New Port Richey, Florida


  5. Hi Sandra, thanks for your kind words. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone with this blogging thing! Ditto on the lists, and forums etc. I can’t keep up with everything and have any time to quilt!


  6. Jane,

    If I was writing the thoughts in your mind, maybe I’m halfway there on that mind transfer technology! 😀 Yeah, I don’t do so well on birthday cards either; I buy them, and then forget to send them but I haven’t ever put one away for 11 years (that I know of anyway 😉 )! Thanks for your kind comments and your understanding!


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