Busy but productive day! I needed a bounce back from my icky day yesterday.
Don’t ask me how I thought of today’s topic but I started thinking a lot lately on blogging and blogging habits. We all have habits, some “normal” or common ones, some weird ones. You may be surprised, but I think a lot of the habits we think are “weird” are actually very common!
Exhibit A: I talk to animals in a way I’d expect them to sound if they spoke English.
I feel better about it knowing my roommate does it too. We literally have full on conversations with the Charlotte (the pup above). But when other people see her, they seem to do it too. So I guess its not that weird anymore.
For the record, that is my roommate talking, my voice doesn’t sound like a disney princess, sadly.
Exhibit B: I like drinking from a straw. Not hot stuff like tea, but cold drinks. I thought this was surly an eatind disordered thing, but my therapist (who I can assure you, has never had an eating disorder) does it too. I guess the benchmark of ED behavior is whether I can drink without the straw. I sure can. Don’t being a straw with me to a fancy ass restaurant. But I do have them at home.
But on to the bad blogging habits (and readers out there, please chime in too!).
Bad habit #1: I’m Sorry, But…..: this habit is the habit of apologizing for not posting. I don’t care if you’re busy today. If you’re not posting, fine. I’ll just assume you had other, more exciting things to do.
Bad Habit #2: Blogging WAY too much about…..blogging: Sorry, but once again, kind of dont care what you think about blogging.
Bad Habit #3: Checking your stats constantly: Its kind of like checking you weight and it can get obsessive. Do you really need to check your stats every couple of hours? Checking constantly isn’t going to change the results. I check once a week, maybe twice (the stats, NOT my weight, haven’t checked that in three years, by dietitian does it for me).
Bad Habit #4: Replying to every single comment: I think its very thoughtful and kind, but sometimes I find people do it up the number of replies. If you honestly have something good to reply, fine. Otherwise, I think it can take up way too much time especially if you get a lot of comments. Spend that time with your family or friends…or maybe read some new blog you have never read before. This brings me to….
Bad Habit #5: Spamming everyone with your link: “Hi, how are you today? “Visit my blog!” Hey, can I ask you something? “Visit my blog!”Is anyone free for a chat? “Visit my blog!” Really? Like Abby said on her guest post last month, “when you see the same name with the same link in the same comment on a bunch of blogs, it’s rather lame.”
Bad Habit #6: Expecting your blog to give you fame and fortune: New bloggers sometimes think they will make it big once there blog is out.They know exactly what they are going to say after the audience quiets down and Oprah Winfrey asks them to tell their story and how Julia Roberts is playing them in the movie version. Indeed, fame and money lure many into blogging. They start their blog motivated by the prospect of a pile of money and adoring fans. They work hard and long hours believing that the internet will pay them handsomely for their effort. But any mature blogger knows that the internet can’t care less about your efforts. The internet does not owe you a dime. Being hit by the ugly stick of reality, a mature blogger writes posts because they enjoy it, not for some crazy dream of chatting with Oprah.
Anyhow, tomorrow I work with the really little kids (Pre-K and kindergarten) and I’ll hopefully teach them how to cook, sort of….wish me luck, I’ll need it. I’ve never taught 3 year olds!
What about you? weird habits or blogging habits worth mentioning?