July 14, 2015

Rebel Without A Cause


 "I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing..." Thomas Jefferson

Go ahead! Call me a rebel - my mother sure does! I can't say her allegations are completely without merit, but I'm with Thomas Jefferson on this one. I do believe that a little rebellion now and then is not only a good thing but a sane thing.

TRUE CONFESSION: I am a rebel blogger. I say this not because I set out to stir people to riot. I say it because I blog when and how I want to blog and ignore what is considered traditional wisdom on what makes a blog successful.

I've read countless articles on the topic of blogging. I've been schooled on how to blog, how NOT to blog, how often to blog etc. I believe there is wisdom in each bit of advice. The problem is what may be wisdom for one person is folly for another and that's where my rebellion kicks in.

  Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. -Albert Camus

Yes, it's probably a good idea to post on a regular schedule. The wisdom contends that followers like for us to be consistent. That may be true but I have a hard time believing that my blog could be so important to anyone that their life would change course if my offering was delayed. My ego would LOVE to believe otherwise but my grasp on reality absolutely refuses to let it go there.

Originality is the best form of rebellion. 
- Mike Sasso

Some experts say the more frequent the posts the better for success. I guess that depends on how we as bloggers define success. Yes, if my blog was monetized and my bills would only get paid if my blog was visited, clicked through, and a sale was being made, I might actually take the more is better advice more seriously. As it is, no one is paying me a dime for the time I spend writing, so meh! (I purposely don't monetize my blog because I want to continue loving it and making it a "job" would suck the joy right out of it for me. There are some things we do for love that we'd never do for money.)

With rebellion, awareness is born.
 - Albert Camus

I've also read that where we blog is what it's all about and if we're not on WordPress we'd might as well forget about being seen or followed.

NO! It's SEO! (Search Engine Optimization) It's all about SEO - except for when it's really all about promoting the snot out of each post or getting "Freshly Pressed."
(I take offense with anyone who wants to press me - freshly or otherwise.)

The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to express ourselves. - Don Miguel Ruiz

So yes, I'm rebellious! Call me crazy but I need to believe something makes sense before I have any inclination to do it. I also don't believe in a one size fits all approach to anything. (Have you ever tried to squeeze into a one size fits all shirt only to find out that one size fits all who aren't you? Harrowing experience!)

Blogging is as unique as each individual blogger. There are so many reasons a person sets out into the blogosphere. Some are strictly about online marketing and making a living. Others like to promote books they've read or written or any number of other products or businesses. 

My reasons are more simpler: I want to. I love it. It makes me happy. It's how I make sense of my life and the things that happen in it. I blog to share what I learn in hopes that someone else may benefit from my experience. I blog because it helps me to clarify things that seem a misty mess without blogging to bring them into sharper focus.

Is my blog a success? It is for me and would be even if no one ever read a word that I've written. It leaves a history of who I've been and how I became that person for me to revisit when I'm confused about who that is. We're all evolving and my blog reflects where I've grown, where I've shrank, and how far I have left to go.

It is both conformity and rebellion that attack you with success. - Amy Tan

So l may be defiant, but more, in my case, would not be better because if I don't have anything worth sharing I can't see the point of wasting readers' precious (and it is PRECIOUS) time. My time is also precious so I won't be held to my keyboard by an arbitrary schedule when being somewhere else in actual time, learning something valuable, spending time in my head or with those I love, would be a better way to spend it. The sand is passing too quickly through my hourglass - and even Amazon doesn't sell lost time! (I've checked!)
 

It seems some bloggers beat themselves into senseless deadline submission - seeking ratings and numbers - when they could be gaining insight,  experience, and loving it instead. While reading their posts they seem to have made it a to do on their already exhaustive list of things to accomplish. What a harried waste of creativity.

I posted this on Twitter this week: "Somehow I let my real life distract me from my social media virtual life!" Yes, I got behind on Facebook, Twitter, and even failed to check Instagram. I'll bet it cost me some followers! (Meh!)  What I did instead was spend time becoming and learning and loving the people in my "actual" space. I don't regret a minute of it!

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. 
- Osho

How about you? Do you have a blogging rebellious streak or are you guilt ridden if you don't adhere to a definite schedule? Do you still love blogging or has it become just another chore? 

7 comments:

  1. Hi Anita,
    Yes!!! I really do have that rebellious streak and, while I'm on sabatical right now due to life circumstances, I have become increasingly aware that, when I return to blogging, I will be doing it differently. When I get the chance to pop into my email, I have realized that I've grown tired of all the tips and lists of things I must do and the multitude of reasons why this or that hasn't happened the way it "should" on my blog. The creativity was being strangled out of me and it's like I'm getting regrounded again.
    What will I do differently? How will my approach change? I'm still at that reflective stage (when I get the chance), so we'll have to see.
    I'm so glad I popped in tonight and saw your post! It's always wonderful to find like minds. :) Thank you for articulating it so beautifully!

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    1. Great to hear from you and I'm glad you've seen the light too! How are things in the great up north? Have you heard all the ruckus about the "dead raccoon" from there? #deadraccoonTO It's keeping my husband in stitches! Can't wait to read more of your adventures! Thanks for reading.

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    2. No, I really haven't heard about #deadraccoonTO, but now I will find out! It sounds like something my husband will enjoy just as much. LOL

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  2. I love this! I am a blogging rebel too. *high five* I couldn't have said this better myself.

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    1. Thanks for checking in and offering solidarity Isabella! I'd say we should get our own flag but that could only end badly! :/ Glad you're a free spirit too. What is the name of you blog?

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  3. Love it, love it, love it! My hubby wondered if I had written the blog when I read him yours. Your thoughts were exactly what I’ve been saying to him over the past two months! I started blogging for the same reasons you did Anita. I’m not a prolific writer – but I like to write when I’m inspired to do so. Writing is a hobby for me, not a job. I confess the hardest part for me this past year was keeping to a regular weekly (usually Monday) posting schedule. This one thing made me feel like I was in the work force and created stress that I did not need. Having said that, I also believe that as bloggers, we have a quasi-professional relationship with our followers and readers, no matter how many or few there are – and setting expectations is a part of that. Thanks Anita for affirming my decision to become a rebel blogger. ;) Cheers to you! I’ll just have to change readers expectations on my schedules. :)

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    1. Kate I agree with you completely that our readers should have some idea of what to expect. That's why I wanted mine to know that I wasn't going to waste their time without a good reason. Inspiration will not hold to a schedule. It's becomes perspiration and desperation when I've tried - and who wants to read as smelly desperate post. :) I'm glad you feel comfortable taking up the rebel cause yourself! Let's keep on loving this!

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