Singin’ the Post-a-Day Blues!


Writing Neurotic is alive and well and raining on the good folks of Lexington, Kentucky—

Namely.

Me.

Here’s Writing Neurotic’s latest gig:

I’ve not participated in the Word Press, Post-a-Day Challenge, as I didn’t want pressure to post daily if I had nothing meaningful to say on a given day.

However, the fact of the matter is this—I still post daily, or almost daily, and still experience the internal pressure to post regardless.  In other words, I’ve created my very own, (living-and-breathing) creature-of-the-deep-blogosphere, who’s decided I’ve got to write daily, post daily, and it damn well better be good!

Regardless.

End of story.

But I’m all blogged out.  The well is dry—no water, no words.

So today I offer only the following image—a happy, black and white drawing that I call, in optimistic anticipation of the (blogging) month to come,  “Singin’ in the Rain.”

So, here’s my ode to April, my friends. 

May you too Post-a-Day come rain or shine, come challenge or not!

Post-a-Day may be the latest rage on Word Press, but here in Kentucky, where the Cats are hot and the grass grows blue, it’s raining on my (non) Post-a-Day parade.

So, I’m takin’ up the mantel, or rain coat, as the case may be.

I’m joinin’ the challenge.

I figure–if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

32 thoughts on “Singin’ the Post-a-Day Blues!

  1. I applaud you. I’m currently having a bit of a personal blogging crisis. Because so many bloggers are now posting each day, and because I feel the need to write at least a few posts a week, the time being consumed is enormous. Just when I’ve read and answered a bunch of new posts, another crop appears. It’s starting to feel more like an obligation than a joy. So, I have to get rid of this notion that I have to read and comment on every single post (which I realize I haven’t been doing anyway) and maybe post fewer pieces myself. I’m thinking of setting limits for myself, like one hour in the morning and one in the evening. AAAAARGH.

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    • Wow, I know exactly what you’re talking about! You read and comment on an amazing number of blogs. I see you everywhere, consistently. It’s amazed me. I know I spend way more time read and commenting than I do writing. It’s kind of sad–but then this is so much about community! It’s the sense of connectedness that I love and respond to.

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      • A few months ago (3, maybe more,) because my real estate business was at a standstill, I threw myself into the whole blogging thing. I did that, rather than sit around and feel sorry for myself. At first, it was great. I’d read a post from someone new that I would find on another blog, and I would immediately subscribe. It didn’t take long before my inbox was flooded with posts. Gradually, I was sitting at the computer on and off all day, just reading posts and commenting. Now I need a Blogging 12 Step Program. I have this fear that if I stop commenting on everyone’s posts, they will stop reading mine. Can you give me a virtual slap in the face and bring me to my senses?

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      • I understand your fear! However, I don’t think you need to worry, cause I know when my box is full of updated posts, yours is always one of the first I read, cause I can’t wait to laugh. People will keep reading you cause you are so damn funny! Sometimes I don’t know how you do it. Even your comments crack me up.

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    • Isn’t it strange that so many of us are struggling with blogging balance now? I feel like I need to scale back, and I even convinced myself that I was going to give myself a day off today. Note how successful I am at doing that. 😉 I don’t have anything to post at the moment, and so all I am doing is responding, and trying to ignore the nagging in my head that says I must post something.

      Kathy, I love the art!

      Boomer, we’ll read whether you read or not.

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      • I am indeed noticing your time away! Alas, I don’t know the answer—truly. Someone needs to write a book about this phenomenon. Maybe someone already has. If not, it’s one that needs to be written. There have to be lots more of us out there–right? I like Renee/Boomer’s idea of a 12 step program–my blogging has indeed become unmanagable!

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  2. I try not to force my writing, Kathy, which is why I haven’t committed to a Post a Day. I was posting almost every day when I first started, but in my crazy life, that isn’t always possible…I gave up putting pressure on myself.

    Renée…I’m in the same boat as you are. Too many blogs…not enough time! I’ll never stop reading yours or Kathy’s though!

    Hugs,
    Wendy

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    • I’m going to give it a try, cause I force myself whether I feel like it or not. I don’t know how not to. It’s kind of crazy. But you have a real job and family, kids, etc. I have a lot more time on my hands–so maybe this is the time for me to force the writing and see what happens. I suppose I could always back out.

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  3. I posted every day a long time ago it wasn’t easy as i had to produce some material everyday.
    Now i post about 5 or 6 times a month but only material i am happy with.
    The challenge could be fun and it’s good that people are taking it up.

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    • It is extremely hard to produce every day. You have hit the nail on the head. I wanted quality not quanity–wanted only to share my best work. That would seem reasonable. However, I seem unable to shake this tyrant that says I also have to do it daily! So, I figure I’ll try and see what happens. I’m already doing it. Experiment officially underway.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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  4. Haha, welcome to the dark side! 😉 I had been wondering why you weren’t officially part of the challenge, considering you write so frequently. Also, as some pretty smart people told me recently, the posts don’t have to be perfect. 🙂

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  7. I am in the same boat as Renee–too many blogs, too many fabulous writers, too much pressure! So…I have given myself permission NOT to have to comment on each post, and, if I “lose” day due to crazy life and errand syndrome, I just let them go–I’ll either find the time later, or I won’t, but I try not to pressure myself…you know?

    It’s a struggle to find the balance–and the truth of it all–to keep at it in a way that is positive.

    I have also tried to set limits on my time, and am also trying REALLY hard NOT to post over the weekends…I mean, we all need some time off, right? both the writers AND the readers…
    blessings to you, Kathy!
    jane

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    • That’s a healthy response. Sometimes I miss posts and comments–just have to. I’ve tried to set my weekend posts ahead of time and not read or comment then–though I don’t always succeed. This whole blogging thing is farily addictive.

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  8. Oh, I know how you feel! I joined post-a-day. I blew it a couple of times. But I still feel the need to write every day. I have to remind myself sometimes to just write for me. It’s hugely rewarding to write something that strikes a chord with others, but it’s just as important to keep writing even if no one reads it or feels touched by my words.

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  9. I find posting every 2-3 days works great for me, and I fill in the gaps by catching up on reading others. Still, I applaud those who choose to post every day – that takes a lot of strength and commitment, no doubt!

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    • This makes so much sense–I wish I could moderate. I just don’t know how. Don’t know why I’m so driven–sometimes wish I weren’t. But thanks for reading. I really enjoyed your post today–toooooooo funny!

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  10. Blogging can be a full-time job, even if it is an unpaid one for most of us! 😉

    I decided not to do the Post-A-Day thing– mainly because a lot of the blogs I’ve seen doing it have put up really *bad* posts just to have something new every day. (Sorry to say it, but it’s true! Not of all the participant blogs, of course, but a great many seem to have fallen victim to Quantity vs Quality.)

    Anyway.

    I think that taking weekends off (from writing AND commenting on blogs) is a healthy first step. Trusting in your audience is another big part. I’d like to think that most of your readers and subscribers aren’t shallow enough to drop you if you fail to post every day (or comment on every single one of their posts). We all have lives outside of our online lives, right? That said, you have official permission *not* to comment on each and every post I put up. I’ll understand– I promise! 🙂

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    • You’re great, Dana! The “problem” with your posts, my friend, is that I can’t help but comment. You are just toooooooo damn funny! You must keep Marty in stiches.

      At any rate, I agree that a lot of post a day posts aren’t up to snuff–so I’m trying to give myself permission to not post if I only have crap to offer on a given day. We’ll see——————

      Thanks, Dana!

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  11. I love Singin’ in the Rain (your version — well, and the movie too, but that’s neither here nor there but just clarifying).

    Good luck with PostADay. I’ve been plodding along since last September and you should know… it’s not always pretty, but the practice is good for the artist’s soul.

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  12. Congratulations to have officially joined the challenge, Kathy! It IS quite the challenge (at least for me). That’s why I had to drop out. But maybe later in the year, when the dust settles, I’ll join again.

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