When I first decided to blog it was something for me, something for my anxiety soaked brain. I needed to write things to focus my brain and help distract me from any anxious feelings I was having. Now as the anxiety subsides I blog because I love it. In between needing it as part of my recovery I have completely fell head over heels for my blog and the blogging community. In the last couple of months I have started to take it all a bit more seriously with the intention of eventually it becoming more than a hobby. At the moment I have a part time job and the rest of the week I am home with Little Man so I do find it tough to fit in and 3 posts a week is definitely the most I can manage.
As I have started to think of it as more of a second job for me I have started to wonder what is expected of a blogger. In my other job I have a job description, I have a line manager and I have certain roles and expectations to fulfil. It has been quite a switch to realise that none of this comes with the role of a blogger. The only thing you have to go off, a template if you will is other people and other blog posts with advice. There are no rules on how many posts you should write a week, nobody to really tell you if what you are writing is any good and no deadlines to meet.
I think I kind of like that.
I have never really thought about whether I am self motivated or not but it appears I am. Without realising it I set time aside to sit and comment, reply to comments, join in with linkys and above all publish posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have sort of found my own direction and formed my own expectations. I think this is one of my favourite things about blogging. The freedom it has given me.
Building something from nothing and watching it grow is extremely satisfying.
I have read posts in the past from bloggers saying they are sometimes embarrassed to say they are ‘just a blogger’. I think we should take the ‘just’ out of that sentance. Blogging comes with no expectations from anybody else and I think that can make it tougher sometimes. You have to motivate yourself and you have to sit down and write even when you’re not sure you have something paticurly interesting to say.
So what is expected of a blogger? Whatever you want. Write your own job description.
What do you think is expected of a blogger?