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Posted on Nov 27, 2012 in Blogging | 16 comments

Blobby

So I was trying to come up with a clever portmanteau word that combines “blogging” with “hobby”, and I ended up with “blobby.” So even though it’s not clever at all, I’m keeping it because it makes me laugh. Heh.

Anyway, I wanted to talk a little bit about blogging as a whole today. It starts with this epic webcomic from The Oatmeal that my friend Lara alerted me to, and it ends with me finally addressing why my posting to this blog has taken such a backseat in my life lately.

See, in a much more humorous and perfect way than I could, Oatmeal creator Matt Inman explains why it’s both rewarding and challenging to be a web content creator. Now, really, that title could cover any number of things: bloggger, vlogger, Youtube singer/songwriter, writer for an online publication, etc, etc. The actual job itself doesn’t matter so much as the fact that what you’re doing is on and for the Almighty Interwebs. As Oats puts it, “Your career + the internet = sad.” Now, of course, it goes without saying that this little blog is nothing compared to a site like The Oatmeal, and also that this is not my full-time job. So while I do feel pressures to maintain this site, to make sure it’s regularly updated and accessible (been having particular issues with that lately — my apologies!), it’s not quite the same as knowing my income or living standard is dependent on my pageviews.

That said, the pressures are still there. It sounds silly to even admit, but what can I say? I’m a people pleaser, and I love writing this blog, and I love that you guys continue to come back here to read it. But I think it’s probably fairly obvious to most of you that things over here have been a little lax and a little lacking lately, both in my general healthy living efforts, and in my blogging about said efforts. And I feel guilty about that. I feel guilty when I can’t think of anything to write about, when I just don’t feel like taking the time to whip out my camera because I am so hungry can I please just eat already. So, without trying to sound like I’m so egotistical to think that your life is lacking without a daily update from yours truly (even though I totally am), at least I feel kind of bad about it? Hahaha.

I’ve mentioned it before, but the obvious reasoning for that is because almost 100% of my extracurricular (er, extraworkulcar?) time is being devoted to finishing the edits of my book. I am still desperately trying to meet my (self-imposed) deadline of a December release. (Hey, remember when I said that I was looking at a mid-November release? Haaaaaahahahahahaha. That was funny. Cry.) And that’s a whole other layer of pressure and anxiety (again, this is all kind of silly, because I know when push comes to shove, it’s pressure I put on myself, but still) on top of this one. So ultimately, it makes sense that something starts to give. And because, as much as I love this blog, it is still my hobby, whereas I am hoping that someday I can turn fiction writing into my career, it means that this is the thing that has to give a little. It means sometimes, I only update twice a week. And sometimes, my posts are barely more than pictures of my dogs, because they make me happy. And a lot of the time, you’ll find me whining into the great social media void. Heh, sorry about that last one.

Shockingly, this wasn’t actually meant to be one giant apology for not posting as regularly lately, even though that’s kind how it’s sounding, haha. It’s just an update on where things stand. And to say that I–the Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen blogging me–am not going anywhere. It just may take a little bit of time to fully come back around. But hey, job or hobby, that’s how everything is, right? There are bumps and dips, hills and valleys. But I’ve spent 2 1/2 years on this particular blobby of mine (kekeke), and I certainly don’t envision giving up on it for a long, long time.

Aaaaand, to cap things off, especially so there’s something here for you wordy-post-skimmers (I don’t blame you!), here are some picture of festive holiday schnauzers. Well, some holiday schnauzers, at any rate. They probably weren’t feeling particularly festive, but oh well.

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16 Comments

  1. I’m glad you’re not giving up on blogging! And I love seeing pictures of your dogs, they are so adorable :)

  2. Juggling priorities is definitely something we all have to do. It’s hard but you need to focus on what is important to you. Good luck with everything :)

  3. Ok seriously. HOW do you get photos of your dogs like that? I have two (a yorkie and a havanese) and when I try to take photos of them…let’s just say they are super adorable, but do NOT have model qualities. I vote for an entire blog entry on puppy photography :)

  4. Well said! Never feel guilty for being busy with life. That’s just the way life works…can’t always make time for everything! Happy to see you’re keeping the blog going, though :)

  5. I just love that you used ‘extraworkulcar’! That’s going to be my word of the day!

  6. I’ve been really, really struggling with this, too. I love blogging and the added income definitely helps me do the things I want to do, but it can be so easy to get burnt out on documenting life. I just want to live sometimes without a camera or tweet or blog post.

  7. Isn’t it sad that bloggers feel like they have to apologize for not posting? Like, we somehow OWE the public something? Blogs are entertainment, not life or death! And seriously, I’d take a less frequent blogger over someone who posts garbage just for the sake of posting every day. Sure, if you post less frequently, you do run the risk of losing some readership … but then you have to kind of reevaluate your reasoning behind wanting to write in the first place. Is your success based on how many people click your page each day or are you writing when you want to because it makes YOU happy?

    I try to post every weekday just because it keeps my writing skills sharp (although, based on how poorly I edit my posts, you’d never know that!). But I do run into writers block constantly and wrestle with the “Do I put out a less than stellar post or just not post at all?”

    It’s exhausting to document your life … especially if that life changes (becomes busier, less healthy, deviates away from your blogs intended theme, ect.).

    I think high-profile bloggers, like yourself (dear goodness and NOT like me) feel pressure to document every aspect of your life. But just remember, you don’t OWE your life to anyone. Keep what you want private. I’m having a serious internal debating about stepping away from social media for awhile just because I feel an inherent need to tell people about EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME (and that creates a culture of comparison with tons of possible negative consequences.)

    Do you, Gretch. We all love you!

    Sorry. That was a long comment.

    Ha, blobby.

    • Just stepping in to say you are awesome and kinda my hero.

  8. No pressure Gretchen. I agree with (all) the above wise comments.

    Overall, we can just do so much in life.

    If I do not see a post from you …. I wait it out. Eventually you will write something (sooner or later) for us!

  9. Can’t wait til your book is released! Definitely interested to read it since I feel like I’ve been there since the beginning–all because I started reading this blog! So do you, Gretchen–we’ll be here if/when you come back. :)

  10. Ha ha! Blobby makes me laugh too!

  11. I am right there with you :) Any updates are better than none from a quality blogger like you :)

  12. I completely hear you here…like all of the other bloggers above! I took a ton of time off when life got too crazy with culinary school and my job. Once I stopped, I never really missed it and I felt that if I posted when I didn’t love it, it wouldn’t be doing any good for anyone. I just stopped and am slowly getting back into it. I made all of these promises to myself to re-vamp the blog and post different content to motivate myself again but I think it’s better to fall back into what I loved. Blogging is awesome but life trumps blogging, for sure.

  13. I don’t think you should feel guilty for not posting – this blog is about living life and it sounds like that’s what you’ve been doing instead of blogging.

    But let me just say, as an avid blog reader with no experience as a blog writer, I actually really appreciate it when bloggers apologize for not posting. Maybe apologize is the wrong word – I don’t like it either when bloggers are overly presumptuous about the importance of their blog in other peoples’ lives – but at least acknowledge it. I think, especially in the healthy living blogosphere, some readers really grow to depend on the consistency of postings. When I was first starting my own health journey, I depending on seeing the balanced meals that blogger X had on Wednesday to help balance my own meals, and on seeing that blogger Y didn’t exercise one day to help me understand that I didn’t have to kill myself in the gym everyday. When a blogger that I read every single day to help me get through the difficulties of weight loss wouldn’t post for a couple days, it really effected me. It isn’t that they owed me a apology when they “got back,” but I appreciate when a blogger makes it clear that take the role they play in their reader’s lives seriously. Acknowledging when they’ve been absent and explaining why is one way to do this.

    Anyway, I hope you are just LOVING working on your book and relishing the fact that you are living your dream!

  14. I can’t wait for the book, so I will forgive the lack of posts on the blog ;)
    I’m kidding. I agree with Courtney, there comes a point when you need to put away the camera and enjoy life occasionally. I have ruined a moment-supper or two trying to take the perfect shot, and while my family waited patiently as we don’t eat until everyone is at the table, I have made our food cold, pissed off my hungry hubby and kids, and was removed from actual life while trying to document it! So now I have a I’ll-post-if-I-feel-like-it attitude, and if no one is reading, who cares. I paid for it, and it’s mine, and I am really writing for me, and if someone likes it that’s great, but if not, I am fine with that too! (Okay, a tiny piece of me wants people to click everyday and see if I posted anything like a rabid dog waiting on my every written word–not likely but a girl can dream!)

    That said I do agree it is nice to get a quick update so we know you are alive and well every once in awhile! :)

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