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I have a confession to make: I am compulsive when it comes to finding new blogs that I enjoy, getting swept up in the moment and signing on to follow them. Do you do this too?
The problem with this is that I get swamped with responsibility to far too many folks at one time, I start to fall behind and then I feel guilty.
I’ll admit, it’s nice to see your “Followers” mosaic get larger and larger—to see those numbers rise, isn’t it? The thing is (and I’m really bad at this) it becomes an obsession. (Maybe it’s just me— I don’t know.)
I have to start looking at the bigger picture and ask myself, why am I really doing this blog (or these blogs) in the first place? Is it for the accolades that it affords my poetry or writing? Not really. I’m just pleased if you enjoy it; I’m not obsessed with praise. Is it because I need to feel that hundreds of people are hanging on my every word? Nope. I’m content to have one or two people who like to stop in periodically. Is it to watch the numbers rise in my statscounter? (I’ll admit, the math/numbers-lover in me DOES watch that the feedburner numbers to see where they are each day), but the real reason I am here is to write. That’s it.
I have been feeling overwhelmed lately with the number of blogs to which I am attached. That’s not to say that I want to drop you all like hot potatoes; it’s just that I need to free myself of the whole “Following” notion.
My good friend Sarah at the Circles of Rain blog has recently taken the big step (although she only just started “following”) of advising everyone that she’s going back to sidebar links. I think that’s a smart idea and as of today, I will be doing the same. If you notice one less block in your “Followers” it will most likely be me. I will make every effort to have your link in my sidebar, so if you don’t see it there, please advise me and I’ll fix that. I will also understand if you choose to stop “following” me in turn.
I will keep the widget at the bottom of the blog so you can still add me to your dash if you like (you’re always welcome, of course). Alternatively, you can put my url in your dashboard or my link in your sidebar.
In the coming weeks, you may see less of me at your blogs. The reason is, I’m finally getting my act together to put together a book of my poems. I’m at a very early stage right now—just printing off some of the ones I think might be acceptable to put into print and doing some editing to those that really need an overhaul. I can’t give you a date for when this might be ready, but I’m hoping for some time in the not too distant future.
I’m struggling with a title for my volume, so I might just hold a contest to see if you can come up with something good (naturally, I have the “power of veto”).
As for the “Following” dilemma, as of today, I’m breaking free!
Who knows? Maybe this will start a trend.
P.S. I do follow some blogs through Networked Blogs on Facebook (I know! One thing’s laughing at the other, as my mother would say.)