Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blogging Tip: Blogging Without Obligation

Some years ago now, I came across a post entitled Blogging without Obligation. At the time, I'd been blogging a couple of years already and was starting to lag and feel pressure as I tried to post something every day. It was exactly what I needed to read because I was beginning to also feel a wee bit guilty that I wasn't able to post every day.

The author, upon seeing apologies in so many posts, wrote a post to address this creeping sense of obligation for what was supposed to be an enjoyable and creative outlet. The author gave permission to share the post, and so here it is in full... I hope you will find it as freeing as I did that first time I read it.

AFTER COMING ACROSS what seemed to be the 4000th or so post on someone’s blog starting with “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile,” I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it. I am thinking that no one should utter those words again . . .and with that thought I give you Blogging Without Obligation.

If you feel the same way feel free to grab the logo, make a logo or whatever you would like to do!

I release all the logos, thoughts and words mentioned here about this concept into the public domain. Take the idea and run with it. . .or walk away. It is all good.
  • Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.

  • Because it's okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

  • Because it's okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.

  • Because sometimes less is more.

  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.

  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.

  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”.

  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .

Here's to restoring our joy in blogging!


Post updated January 2015


  1. Hi Brenda!
    Thanks for coming by! You were asking about the Book Club. All are welcome. Right now we are reading Cherries in Winter by Suzan Colon. I had set the date of Feb 26 to all link up and give our thoughts about the book. No pressure. I just wanted to give everyone time to get and read it. Come join us. I think it is a relevant book for our times.

  2. good ideas, I love to blog and do it daily just to keep my writing juices flow. It is your choice what when where and how you blog....

  3. I vowed if blogging ever felt like a job than I would stop....I am still enjoying it so very much but then I don't post every day either. It is for my own enjoyment and as selfish as that sounds it is a choice I have made....Hugs

  4. Brenda, every now and then I get worked up about posting more often. However, keeping things in perspective, my blog is simply for fun. I'm not someone who pretends to have a professional opinion or anything...just sharing a love of home and cooking...all those girly things.

  5. I don't have time to do a post everyday and read all the great blogs that I have come across. But I do understand the feeling of my blog "getting in the way" of my time.
    Thank you for posting Tartx's words. Good to know!

  6. Absolutely what I think and feel! There are as many reasons as there are days why I haven't posted anything new in a while. Honestly? I actually prefer reading other folks' stuff to my own, lol! I would feel horrible pressure if I had a huge following and couldn't be inspired to write every day. It's great to see someone else had the same idea and wrote about it. Good post! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Good reminder. Blogging shouldn't be just another thing we need to do. It should be done "without obligation". For some of us it just depends on how much time we have for our hobby!

  8. Good points, all well made. I sometimes have to remind myself that there is more to life than blogging every day. A

  9. Yes, hooray for Tartx!

    I've known of her "BWO" button for years. And recently, put it back on my own blog and posted about it.

    Gentle hugs...

  10. Brenda,

    I am glad to see this post! Blogging should be fun, not a job. And, it shouldn't be all about the sense of duty or ownership. Fun. The end!

    Thanks for a good reminder!


  11. I love blogging without obligation. Ah- freedom is such a precious thing. The last thing women need is more guilt, so I embrace blogland as a guilt-free pleasure. It's always good to catch up with you. I loved your exhortation to see glimpses of heaven this weekend. I most recently saw the light of heaven in my granddaughter's bright eyes.

    Have a terrific week!


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