black hole — a blog about blogging

Since January 1, 2011 I’ve blogged, with some regularity. Found out about WordPress’ Post-A-Day challenge for 2011 and started … enthusiastically, breaking every, so called, «blogging tips» that you could ever find on the web. Didn’t have a theme or topic for my blog — I have nothing to offer, no food recipes, no crafts for sale, no «Top Ten-lists» … my tags are all over the place! Strangely enough, I gathered a great and friendly bunch of ‘followers’, and completed the 2011-challenge [okay, I was cooking the books a little at the end]. Then I decided I wanted a domain name of my own, moved to Blogger and sort of ‘closed down’ my 2011 blog. That didn’t last long — I wanted back to WordPress. What I missed the most was the sense of community here, but also nifty features of the blogging platform itself that Blogger still lacks.

This might seem like one of those tedious blogs about the blogging itself … I did a lot of them in the very beginning, but it isn’t just that — it’s about the certain feeling of frustration that can seize you every now and then.

As of January 28, 2012 I’m back here again with this [new] blog and I’ve been happy ever since.

If you’re a follower of this blog, you already know that I still don’t have a theme/topic. Some days, there’s just a photo, other days some fluff about something insignificant and every now and then something rather personal. Quite often when you post those, more personal blogs, you get comments about how very brave you are. In the beginning I had a hard time understanding the concept of being brave/courageous in a simple blog, but I’m beginning to see it now. Opening up to a bunch of people that you only know online is making yourself rather vulnerable, because you take the risk of getting comments that you don’t like. It has not happened to me personally, but I can easily see how it could happen. Also, pure misunderstandings as you cannot see the other person … no body language … so certain things can get ‘lost in translation’, so to speak.

In any event, last week I — for no reason at all — began to reconsider my whole blogging situation. I think it started with that I read a blog that had been ‘Freshly Pressed’, that I found so good … I started reading more of what she’d written, and began to ask myself what the heck I was really doing?! «This woman can write …and I can’t!» I just wanted to crawl back under some rock — guess it was just one of ‘those days’, but I quickly sank down deep in the black hole of the blogosphere.

Then I came across this post by my blogging buddy Marge. I met her in the very beginning of the 2011-challenge — she was just as enthusiastic about it as I. Her post now was partly along the same lines as my thoughts, about not having a niche. «Perhaps my NICHE is being me. Can that be a niche?», she asks herself, at one point, and I thought immediately; «Yes! Yes it can!» I like to write too, I have no aspirations of becoming an author so I’ll just relax and keep on doing what I’m doing. I love the connectedness here in WordPress — a person, who has never received a blog comment, wouldn’t understand the elated feeling when you get your first! Sometimes I think that’s perhaps the most important part of the whole thing — otherwise I could just as well write a private diary. I’ve probably said, sometimes, that I do this for myself — which is true, up to a point — but again, once you’ve gotten a comment it can become addictive.

I like to share little bits and pieces of our life here on the eastern sea board of Canada, memories of my life in Sweden and photos of our furry or feathered friends. I like to read my friends’ blogs! Sometimes I tend to get a little obsessive about my subscriptions when I get ‘behind’ in reading and commenting, and must remind myself that ‘this isn’t a job … relax!‘ I absolutely adore the weekly photo challenge, because there you, not only get to see a lot of beautiful photography, but also meet a lot of new bloggers. People are kind there … I haven’t seen one snide remark, all this time I’ve taken part in it.

So … to sum this up; I was out of my hole just as quickly as I fell down in it!

36 Replies to “black hole — a blog about blogging”

  1. Hi Rebekah,
    Isn’t it wonderful to get inspiration, ideas, encouragement, laughter and a sense of community when you need it most? I’m so glad we connected again and that you were only in your hole for a short while. Being out of it often helps you see more clearly what it is you do want …

    Welcome back!

    1. Thank you, Marge! Yes! That came in right when I needed it most.

      Do you remember in the beginning, when we said we’d have 365 followers when the challenge was over?! LOL

        1. Exactly what I said to Gerry, when we talked about it — it would turn into a full time job … at least when you want to be sincere..

  2. I know I cannot write. And I just write about what I do. Why anyone would ever look at my blogg is a mystery to me. But a few do.

    I have not had an upsetting comment since my Multiply or Yahoo days. Lucky!

    1. Julie, you shouldn’t put yourself down, because I’m the master of that art! LOL
      Either way, it’s a mystery to me too why I have any readers but I’m very happy. Nothing upsetting here either, but I have days when I probably read more into stuff than really IS.

    1. why, Thank you Karina… and I certainly enjoy reading your, both entertaining and interesting articles 🙂

  3. Most of the non-photography blogs I follow are not thematic.
    What draws me is the sense of the person who is talking. I do lean to people in my age cohort (I like to hear how we all reached our 50’s without cracking 🙂 … or to people under 30). I forget how I first found you but I am glad I did.

    1. In hindsight …it’s a great mystery, how we made it without cracking 🙂 well… there are little cracks I guess. Reading people under 30 is …refreshing…

  4. Hey Rebekah – judging by this post I would say you can write, and you write very well! This piece was easy to read, well-explained and very open and honest. I’m like you in that I have no specific theme, because I don’t want to be restricted to one subject. It’s your blog to express yourself as you want – and because there’s no specific subject your posts are always a surprise! So keep up the good work. It’s a lovely fun and creative blog you have here.

    1. Thank you so much … I’m like the bumblebee [they used to say that they can’t fly, but they don’t know so they do it anyway]. I want to write most every day, and I think it would be difficult to find a topic that would last that long … I will stick with my «me theme» now 🙂

  5. Hi,
    I’m so glad you got out of that hole, I have always enjoyed your blog, as I’m sure you know, as I have been following you for awhile now. OMG I sound like a stalker. 😆
    Anyway, there are a lot of blogs I follow that don’t have the niche people talk about and to be honest I like going to a blog and not knowing what to expect. 🙂
    Keep up the good work.

  6. G’Day mate! 🙂
    LOL about the stalking …the whole concept of ‘followers’ also makes it sound like some kind of religious sect! 🙂
    Yes, it’s nice when you really don’t know what to expect and you learn a lot. Quite often I click on people in the comments section of other blogs I read..
    Thank you so much..

    1. Thank you, Joss … I’m glad you’re here too — your poetry points out things I may not have thought about without it.

  7. Even if you have nothing to blog about, which I often find, it is hard to find time to do more than post a simple photo, blogging offers a wonderful environment to which to meet people. I’ve traveled the world in the past few weeks, seeing sights I may not have ever seen, if not for other people’s posts. This is a great place to share our worlds, and for the people of various Nation’s to meet each other, one on one. What is familiar to you, may offer a whole new meaning to someone else. I enjoy visiting your blog, Rebekah, and hope you find the same satisfaction as you browse through other people’s worlds.

    1. I certainly enjoy visiting around the blogosphere, Orples, and I learn a lot from it. Honestly, I think I was just having a bad day, that day… it feels so far away now 🙂

  8. Personally, I prefer blogs that don’t necessarily have a niche. I read them because I like the personality of the blogger. A strong voice is important and you most definitely have one. 🙂 Keep writing!

  9. I love your blog because I’m getting to know you Rebekah; each time we post, I think we reveal little bits of ourselves, albeit unthinkingly, but it builds relationships here.
    I’m glad you weren’t in the black hole for too long, I’d miss you dreadfully – fluffy furries is one of the first emails I look for in my inbox every day!

    1. Oh Barb …what a sweet thing to say — and that’s exactly how it is! When I haven’t seen you for a while; I worry!

      1. Awwww – we are a pair of sops!
        We have built up a relationship between us over the past year and we consider ourselves friends even though we have never met – isn’t it great!!

        1. It IS …so great — all across the globe! 🙂 I’m going to bed in Canada …you’re just getting up in Australia! Gotta love the Internet..

  10. What’s all this fuss and worry about cracks?

    “Ring the bells that still can ring,
    Forget your perfect offering!
    There is a crack in everything —
    That’s how the light gets in.”
    (Leonard Cohen, Anthem, get a nice Youtube and treat yourself)

    Here we are, all a little bit cracked, and glowing from within!
    Hypocrite lectrice, mon semblable, ma soeur —

    1. Ahhh …what a delight it was to find this comment [in my spam folder!]. You know how I love that song, and it is so true. One just has to be reminded every now and then…

  11. I’m glad I missed you falling in that black hole and glad you climbed out. I would have wondered what happened to you and would have worried that I had lost my first blogging friend to the never never land of not blogging.

    You are pure and honest and as someone said above….your voice is strong and uniquely you.

    1. That was a temporary glitch LOL When I read it now, a few days later, it seems unbelievable. Geez…did I ever have a mood swing. Well, I’m back to my usual self now.

  12. Hey ‘bekah, I’d never read this post before and, now that I have, am wondering if you’re standing on the verge of another black hole (or if, for some reason, wordpress truly doesn’t want it’s bloggers self-hosting?)
    And, about “getting that first comment”… D’you think it’s kindof like what people have been doing for centuries – looking up at the night sky and asking, “Is there anybody out there?”
    So, just hang in there, my friend; for there are definitely MANY others of us “out here”; )

    1. Hey … however did you come across this post?! I’d forgotten about it myself, and re-read it now. There are times I wish I did have a niche … that way I’d always have something to write about when I want to. But no, no real black hole, but I get a little irked that it’s so difficult to move over to wordpress.ORG. Difficult to move your ‘followers’ over, that is. They have something called ‘Guided upgrade’ or whatever, for which they charge you $129 (!!!) and I doubt you’ll get your followers with you even with that. It’s so much fun to have the self-hosted — especially when you’re like me and enjoy all the themes, the design and what you can do with it. Most people read on their phones or tablets, so they won’t see it, but I, myself, just love doing that type of stuff. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but leaning towards keeping this one [the regular wp.com] since I also have quackofdawn.com.

      1. LOL! Well, that answers that question… (How wordpress gets paid, that is; )
        I found the link for that old post this morning when I found myself – for some strange reason (all I did was go to “Comments” from your email, like normal ) on the meta version of your blog and this posting was listed there. Weird eh?

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