Day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I find myself struggling…
“What are you struggling with, Kina?,” you may ask.
“Have you run out of topic ideas, inspiration, or life situations to write about?”
“Oh, no, absolutely not!,” I declare, sighing heavily.
“What is the problem then?”
The problem is too much inspiration, an overflow ideas, and too many situations arising all at once!
I have a post that I began preparing yesterday for today’s submission, but due to all the rest of it, never finished it. I finally had to close the laptop at 3 a.m. and get some sleep. When I woke up two and a half hours later, I had every intention and planned to finish it before anything else, but you know what they say about good intentions, the road to hell and the best laid plans.
The primary thing that has redirected my attention and focus is a establishing a community within the WANATribe social network for those of us who express ourselves artistically, creatively, and inspirationally through blogging and not necessarily in an effort to market ourselves, our brand, our art, our products, or our business opportunities. A place where those of us who secretly or not so secretly, aspire to bring insight, beauty, and thoughtfulness into the world in intentional ways can build community and share the joys, frustrations, triumphs, and downfalls of our blogging experiences, but don’t wish to wind up in a competitive game of one-upsmanship and self-promotion.
I started a Bloggers Unite! “tribe” at the WANATribe network three days ago. I had no thought or desire to be an expert blogger or a leader of the blogging movement. I simply wanted a place where I could genuinely meet and connect with people who have a passion for blogging. A place where those who “just” blog as self-expression and primarily blog surf for their reading pleasure can feel welcome, accepted, and supported. I did this because I haven’t found a place where that exists, yet.
In the search for community and connectedness I joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge on Facebook and have connected with and discovered some wonderful bloggers. However, there is such an extreme number of people participating in the challenge that I’m barely sampling and tasting what’s being offered. I feel like I’m in the midst of a tapas smorgasbord (to mix cultural references to food), in a speed-dating forum. There’s not enough opportunity to truly connect and savor what’s being offered.
Additionally, there are a very large number of participants who are about selling me something and I don’t have the money to buy. Unlike many people, I do not enjoy window shopping. If I see it and I want it and can’t afford it then certain negative qualities and symptoms get triggered. I also am not a fan of the bait and switch or the let me hook you with a sample marketing techniques that seem to be inherent to blogs that are about selling me something. Self-serving promotion has it’s place, it’s audience, and it’s forums…and I don’t fit in there. (Disclaimer ~ none of the blogs that I’ve actually had the pleasure of visiting through the UBC have exhibited these negative qualities. Primarily because I have developed a bit of an instinctive radar for such things and have skimmed and avoided the ones that triggered my “bloggy sense.”)
So, here it is the 4th of July, my daughter is at home and I have some other important distractions, which I have notes on to blog about later, and I must go. I find myself without having completed the post I intended because of all the time and attention I have invested into Bloggers Unite! at WANATribe. At the risk of pulling a bait and switch and shamelessly self-promoting, won’t you visit and join me on the journey to creating a true community for those of us who blog?