First off, this is not a post directed at anyone other than myself. It is a GUILT POST about being a sporadic and often scattered blogger.
You see, I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now. During the first 3 years, I just kind of did whatever, didn’t comment much, didn’t tweet much. I was on a free WordPress site and if I didn’t blog, eh. Whatever. No big deal.
In the fall of 2012, I started feeling motivated again and tried to be a less crappy blogger. I’ve been posting more, reading WAAAAAAY more, and probably the biggest and best change is participating in the community more. I hadn’t participated before because of that ever-present parental voice in the back of my head saying “don’t tell people on the Internet who you are. It’s dangerous.” The Internet started to be a Thing That the Kids Do when I was in middle school, and that sense of stranger-danger beware of online predators was ingrained in me. Those warnings are still valid, but if you’re careful, you can make friends without getting cyber stalked. Or at least, I have. That wasn’t my point, really, but it was why I stayed in my own little corner of the ‘Net for 3 years.
Now that I’m involved and self-hosted and have lots of free time (<— LOL I MADE A JOKE!), I blog more. And when I blog more, I get bored of the same old thing. I’ve tried lots of new things: ratings graphics, gifs, formatting, a horrifying number of failed TTT graphics. I haven’t found “my design” and I can’t afford to spend money on a designer. I’m picky. I’m not well able to articulate the styles that I like and might want. I think it’s obvious I make my own graphics and compared to the sleek and polished graphics many others use, my graphics are pretty poor in comparison. (Except my wallpapers. They’re awesome.)
My book chat for today (she said after lengthy preamble) is to ask you: does inconsistency with a blog bother you? When a blogger is constantly trying to mess with post format or graphics or memes or whatever … do you just get tired of it? As much as I am a creature of habit, I also get bored quickly and want to try new things, even if it’s just once, but above all I don’t want this blog to be a hard to read, boring nightmare. Sometime I feel very … random. Scattered.
Then again, i follow a lot of blogs in my Feedly, so 1) I don’t usually see design anyway, 2) I’m quick to forgive formatting quirks because Feedly is weird about moving images around in text blocks, 3) I follow so many blogs that unless it’s a favorite, I don’t really notice small changes, so I TOTALLY understand if others don’t either.