Thursday, July 21, 2011

ON BLOGGING ~ Like A Skipping Record...

BlogAnon: Joy of Confession

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Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.

I don't like being in a rut. That's where I am in my blogging right now though. I write about Movies each Monday. Wednesdays I expound on the 50 Lessons prompts. Fridays I dish about Blogging - vents or tips.

I have lots of random ideas for the days in between. I have things I want to update you on in our world that I just never get around to covering. I have new features that I feel excited to put into play but then I get distracted by something else. The fact of the matter is, I really only have time for 3 posts a week and each of those days is dedicated to 3 specific things.

So I'm thinking that in the near future I might shake things up a bit and ditch one or all of my rut-creating format posts. Maybe for a month. Maybe forever. It gets old thinking of movie themes. My mind goes blank thinking of blog related tips or topics to talk about sometimes. Even the open-ended prompts from 50 Lessons turns limiting and redundant at times.

Ruts will do that to you. Make you annoyed with everything and spur drastic actions. I've got lots of creative thoughts in this Bumble brain of mine waiting for a turn to express themselves. Time to start a new rut with them. To keep me interested; to keep you interested. Are you ready for the ride?


How do you escape a self-created rut? Did your actions just create a different version of the same beast? Or did it liberate and inspire? How often do you give up on following a blog because of the same-old-same-old routine lacking in excitement?

8 comments:

otin said...

Most people follow blogs because of relationships that they have built with each other. I think that content is secondary for the most part. I'm sure that not everyone wants to read my stories but they still stop by.

Sandy Nawrot said...

You know, when I was trying to come up with Movie post ideas, I realized what you are up against. Over the years, you have done it all! So maybe on Mondays, we just talk about a movie. One we've seen in the last week or one that we like. Or maybe not do movies at all! I personally like the idea that movie chats and my Wednesday pictures changes things up a bit on my book blog. I think change is good though, and I totally understand where you are coming from. I'd be happy with whatever you talk about!

Little Ms Blogger said...

I used to have a Rant and Rave Wednesday and Question of the Week on Thursdays, but really got sick of the rut of having to do them and stopped. I have absolutely no regrets and would recommend it --- very freeing.

Btw, Otin is right. People follow you because they form relationships with the blogger or follow people because of their voice on a page.

stacybuckeye said...

When you have specific things for certain days it is easy to get into a rut. That's why I took July off from quizzes and I'm so glad I did. I've got some new ideas and a guest quizzer. Totally what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again. Even with your movie meme sometimes I find myself listing the same movies over and over! It depends on how much time I have.
I think that you can give something up and people will still come and read and comment. If you are inspired your posts will only draw more people to your blog.

Julie said...

I can't wait to see what is in store!

kaye said...

I'm with you wherever you go--and yes, when I got tired and tried to shake it up I just landed in some different ruts. But then when I get tired of where I'm at I'll try something new. Right now I'm lucky to get a post up and do a little browsing through my every-day folder on my reader once or twice a week. My mom's accident is more or less consuming my time. I hope there have been some good changes at the bumbles house.

Jenny Girl said...

I wouldn't say I give up on blogging but I definitely step away from it for awhile. It doesn't mean I don't miss my online friends, but I am someone who needs "me" time, or the dog or hubby need me. I write mostly book reviews and doing the same thing over and over gets boring. You have to switch it up now and then. I look forward to your "adventures" :)

Kathleen said...

Whatever form your blog takes I will keep reading!