I’m looking for a way to end my self-imposed hiatus from The Lost World of Drfugawe – if anyone has any suggestions, please send them along.
Seriously, it’s much more difficult than one would think. I’ve started this effort more times than I’d like to admit – always after a good start, it begins not to feel right – and if you’ve done any writing, you know how writers like to ‘clear the drawing board’ and start all over. I finally decided that what’s needed are a few rules or goals to guide me through this – and here they are:
* This attempt is it … regardless!
* This post has to be short.
* And after much thought about why I experienced burnout last fall, I’ve decided to promise myself that I will NEVER subject myself to a posting schedule or deadline of any kind! I promise to post only when I have something I want to share, even if that means a week, or two weeks, or even more, between posts.
I’ve thought a lot about this – about why I blog – and about the best way to go about that. I assume all food bloggers start out by saying to themselves, ‘I blog for my own satisfaction’ – and at that point in time, no one can argue with that. But for a significant number of those ‘purist’ bloggers, something happens alone the way that changes the landscape, and the way they approach their blog, even if they don’t realize it! It could be commercial success – ad revenue can change everything – and it’s like having a boss. Readership is another factor that has the potential to change things – 100s of readers every post will soon have a blogger thinking about how to assure that their content retains appeal. And for me, once a blogger begins thinking that they MUST post tomorrow, it’s a job, not a pleasure. And I never want to be in that position.
I’ll assume that if you’re reading this, you are interested in food – and that you enjoy cooking or baking. And if I’m correct about that, I’ll also assume that you enjoy those endeavors for essentially the same reasons I do – and those reasons would be basically twofold: one, because you like to eat good food, and two, because you like to share good food with others. Well, after a lot of thought, these are the same reasons why I like to blog about cooking and baking – I like to write, and I want to learn to write better. And so I can say I blog for my own satisfaction. But I also blog about food because I want to share what I’m learning about food, and those wonderful taste experiences – and when I view blogging in that perspective, it becomes a more pleasurable endeavor.
As foodies, our enjoyment is on two levels: we experience the joy of creating a new taste; and later, we experience the joy of sharing it with others – and the circle is complete. So I think it must be with blogging – it’s not enough that we blog in a vacuum, anymore than it’s enough that we cook only for ourselves – it’s important that we have readers and guests to share with, in order that our enjoyment is complete.
You needn’t agree with me on this -it’s OK if you don’t- but for me, if my blog ever becomes a job, rather than a pleasure, it’s not worth the effort any longer. But at this moment, there’s a lot I’d love to share with you – a whole six month’s worth, in fact – hopefully, I can split it up into more than just one big long post!
Now, eat well – I’ll be back. (Yes – for me, this is a short post!)