There are proper ways to set up a blog. There are colors that attract more eyes and colors that entice more email sign ups. If you don’t believe me, Google that stuff.
Certain typefaces are easier to read. Pick the right Twitter bird and more people will follow you. You could spent all day tweaking your blog. When I freelanced, I often wrote about the “one thing your blog must have that you’re probably not doing.” And the answer was either something highly anal, like the placement of your Twitter bird, or something most bloggers were already doing.
Whole psychologies live behind each approach. But all you need to know is that I’m bored and cynical about that stuff.
All of this blog nitpicking leaves less time to actually write. I suppose if my goal were to become a full-time blogger that would all feel more necessary. However, my goal is to become a more prolific writer. I don’t even have a Twitter bird. If you want to follow me, you have to hit the word Twitter at the bottom of the screen. How uncouth is that? I should be ashamed.
I’m not though. I’ve been caught up in these distractions before. I’ve agonized over blogging advice too many times. Occasionally I come across some good advice, but usually it’s a distraction. Now that I’m working full time, instead of freelancing, my writing time is limited. I have to decide, do I spend my time dicking around with the Twitter bird or writing?
Today I choose writing. Someday I may have some extra time to add the bird. Or fix my email description box. I want this blog to look good. I do. Sometimes it’s more fun to fiddle with the blog than it is to write. I can do that stuff in front of my beloved TV. I have low expectations for my coding and design skills. I don’t care if I ever get much better at those things. But I have big hopes to become a better writer. I can fail at writing. I can’t really fail at the Twitter bird or even the look of this blog.
I’m hoping tomorrow I choose writing too. It’s an uphill battle some days. I often look forward to my writing time and then, there is so much I want to do during it. I must actively eliminating things that are lower on the priority list. I’ll set some time aside this weekend or next. Or if it goes on long enough, I’ll hire someone to fix the bird.
For now, I’m focusing on why I started this blog–making the writing happen.