There are certain rules that I’ve kept with my blog, and I still hold fast to them – nine years in. Not to say I follow all my rules. I’ve totally loved breaking the rule about sponsored posts. And about hiring virtual assistants, editors, marketers, and even photographers. No worries, though. That’s usually just for the stuff I don’t know how to edit. Like I have someone who takes my photos of inanimate objects from Cassidy’s work, and takes the backgrounds out of them so they can go into catalogs. That’s right – my work is in catalogs. Just don’t tell anyone (or tell everyone – I don’t care) that I didn’t take the backgrounds out of each photo. I did this:
So it’s mainly my words and my photos. The behind the scenes people are like magic elves that help keep me feeling magical. Also, no backgrounds were taken out of that photo. Also again, I went off on a tangent. Let’s reel it back. So blogging. I have some funny rules that I only sometimes break. I like full paragraphs – where each line is around the same length. Just look above to see that! Once, one of my blogging friends noticed! I do a lot of drafts, though, so my paragraphs can’t always look perfect. In fact, I’m leaving this one where it’s at to see what happens.
Ouch, that couldn’t have gone worse!
Ick. The “happens” hanging off the paragraph like that! Shame shame. That’s ok, though. It’s only a sometimes rule. I also never go more than three days without posting, even when my new baby goes to the NICU, or my daughter gets bitten in the face, or I’m having the worst anxiety of my life. I have a rule that I have to publish at least one personal, who cares about keywords, organic, free-writing type of post a week. Once I got knocked (only once) for having a large volume of sponsored posts, when even my one, long-form, deeply personal post a week is more than that person can muster. I have never broken that rule. And there’s one more rule.
Astonishingly Cute Kittens. Or kitten. (Keywords and all)
Did you ever realize that kittens are unnaturally cute, like aliens?
I’m 50% oblivious and 50% SO ON-POINT, and it’s that on-point side that has noticed the changes. I’m not blind here. In some ways, I’ve never changed. And in other ways, I’ve done it even when every fiber of my being threatened to resist. I did it eventually. There are non-negotiable things, though. I don’t know if anyone still reads this. Attentions spans are changing. I can’t imagine a world without long, tumbling, posts like these – and this isn’t even that long! (SEO and all) I can’t imagine being anything but terrified when I hit the “Publish” button. Personal blogging can seem like a ghost town, and in other ways, it’s a hustling, bustling, youthful city. I suppose it depends on your perspective. Or where you’re standing in this divide.
What you do with those tumbling, terrifying words. Where you read them, where you write them, and where you keep them sacred to you. And just know I’ll be here, and I’ll be there.