I want every one of my blog posts to have photos and writing that is intriguing, humourous, thotful or something! I like to think I have a thick skin so I welcome honest disagreement or constructive criticism. What I can’t live with is being boring (the dreaded double b)! There I said it.
It turns out there are a few steps involved with publishing a blog post that strives to be better than boring. Typically it starts when I make some photos I like or, less often, when a random brain wave strikes. That triggers the following steps in random order:
- Process photos multiple times and repeat
- Get an idea for a post while processing photos
- Quickly finish post
- Come up with another idea
- Start writing
- Get stalled and leave it
- Come back later and make fundamental changes
- Copy the text into a draft WordPress blog post and add photos
- Add photo captions
- Tweak everything
- Add tags and make sure it all looks good in preview form
- Abandon the idea and start over.
Eventually I force the circling to come to a merciful end. Then I face a moment of angst with my mouse hovering precariously over the publish button. The first post was the worst. That was a bit odd since I liked the post, I had no followers to be bored and there was nothing really at stake except my own standards. After 199 posts, it has become a lot easier to hit the button but I still hesitate every time. I think there are probably at least two reasons – artistic angst and errors.
I suppose I put a little bit of myself out there with each post and it’s impossible to know how readers will react. This can create a little angst. I have discovered that people’s tastes and interests can sometimes vary a lot from my eclectic musings and wildlife focus. So when my mouse hesitates, I’m wondering if the post will strike a chord, or am I doing this one mostly for me? As the posts click by, I am getting more comfortable with the latter while appreciating connecting with commenters even more.
The second reason I hesitate is the potential for mistakes. I want the posts to be right but gremlins keep sneaking in to add errors, half-baked ideas and unintentionally creative spellings. My favourite blunder remains miscounting the number of Canadian provinces! Somehow being in the ballpark was not comforting! Why did it happen? Likely it was the usual reason. My focus was probably on a slight tweak to a photo or finding a better descriptor while missing the big clanger!
Maybe my blogging isn’t so much about rising above boring but building character – by accident. I wonder if it’s working?
As I once again hover over the publish button, I think there are more reasons than usual for a little angst!
Krahnpix note: Watching a fox hunt for meadow voles in Yellowstone National Park continues to be a fantastic memory. Just like blogging, sometimes the fox’s dives were successful and other times it missed the target completely and just ended up in awkward positions. I’m in good company.