EDIT 15/11/10: Don’t worry guys, I’m not going anywhere (but thank you for the ridiculously lovely and supportive comments!) -this is just examining the “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” theory….
I sometimes feel like a sham of a blogger.
In the last few months, I’ve come across a large number of blogs that are beautifully written – truly beautifully written – and I wonder how I can compete with them.
I’m not a college student, I don’t work from home, I’m not writing for a living, I’m not unemployed (that’s obviously not a complaint), so I don’t have a while lot of time to sit at a table and compose a wonderfully eloquent or insightful post.
I write my posts on the run.
I squish them in between bus journeys and making dinner.
I hock out some sentences during a short lunch break.
I don’t have time to shoot my own enthralling photos and I don’t have the money to invest in gorgeous outfits (or the shopping-savvy to do it on a teeny budget).
My blog is just somewhere I blow off some creative steam.
Being voted a finalist in the Best Personal Blog category for the Irish Blog Awards last year really did so much for my confidence, even if I didn’t feel I should’ve been in the Final Five.
With the amount of people with endless time (and even better writing skills and creativity) that have hopped on the Blogging Bandwagon this year, I doubt I’ll make the shortlist.
I just don’t feel I’m up to scratch anymore.
The new blogging generation has FAR too much talent and have raised the bar almost impossibly high!
Sure, I could abandon my already-starving social life or deprive The Boy of a stable relationship, devoting all that extra time to writing Pulitzer-worthy posts, but what’s the point in having an impressive blog if you’ve nothing else -and with the amount of time spent on my job, I wouldn’t have time for anything else!
I suppose I could stop reading other blogs and leaving (hopefully) supportive and encouraging comments on their efforts to save time, but I’d feel selfish -oh yes, you should all read MY blog, but I’ll be damned if I return the favour!
So I guess today’s question is…. do I continue on my mediocre way or cut and run if I can’t be my best?