I feel like it's been noticeable on this blog too. I look back at my posts over the last few weeks/months and I honestly find very few of which I'm proud of. They're fluffy. There's nothing to them. I can't even remember the last time I really had to think about the content I'm creating other than finding some stock photo to put words on so I can make said post "pinnable."
There is so much pointless noise on the internet, when does it get to the point when I'm just adding to it? Do we really need more?
I'm tired of writing things which are mediocre. I'm tired of putting up a blog post for the sake of being published so I can keep things consistent.
There are a couple of different blogging philosophies out there. None of which are right or wrong, just different.
My friend Nate, who is pretty awesome, only writes when he has something to say. There might be months in between his writings, but they are always good. Some bloggers only write when they feel the need to.
On the other hand, there is the philosophy of writing everyday or keeping a certain schedule so your readers know when to expect something on your blog. (Another friend, J Money of Budgets are Sexy, who is actually one of Nates best friends, and is also completely awesome, goes with this philosophy. Along with a ton of other bloggers I know.) Not every post will be brilliant, but at least you're writing everyday and consistency helps gain readership.
I love that I've been writing somewhat regularly. It's a great challenge to try and think of new things to write everyday and have creative spins on topics. But have I really been all that creative? Am I just adding to all of the noise already out there?
Because does it really matter? Does the world really need another "this is what I did over the weekend" blog post or another Instagram photo of Starbucks? Not really.
I know people,enjoy my blog, and I, so grateful for the people who tell me so, it's awkward so,writes when people, in "real life" say they enjoy it, but it's awesome too. Or when someone on twitter says they really liked something I posted. It's great.
And honestly, I love reading about the lives of my favorite bloggers. I like their random posts of what's happening in their little corner of the world, even if it doesn't serve much purpose. I love the random friendships I've made through blogging about stupid stuff.
Yet, I can't help but feel like I could do better. I could write better and less frequently. Or really think out five great blog topics a week. Or even if there's a better use of my time all together.
Because in the grand scheme of things, this blog doesn't really matter. And neither does yours. (Nate wrote about this once, which is a slight inspiration for this post. You can read it here: http://natestpierre.me/2011/08/18/why-your-blog-doesnt-matter/)
Yet, does that mean we just quit? Do we just give up? Because I'm tired of writing shitty content. But I don't want to stop either.
There's a quote by Ghandi that I love. "Whatever you do will be insignificant. But it is important that you do it."
Does it apply to this?
What are your thoughts?