The power of praise

write narancsReaders return regularly to your blog if you write regularly. Always publish your posts on the same days so that your readers know what to expect and even look forward to your posts. If you want a popular, visited blog, write frequently… etc etc. I know all this. From time to time I even decide to publish, say, every Monday and Wednesday. Or every Tuesday. Then, I do for a while. Then, I don’t any more.
In December, when I realized that I had once again failed in keeping to my well planned schedule, I made another decision. I felt the urge to publish a few things here, but I resisted. I made a resolution to make a blog calendar and not publish anything until I have at least 30 days worth of posts or at least post ideas and I would always be far far ahead with my plans, so that I would never miss a day again. I did make plans and I have prepared that calendar, but 30 days are a long time and a lot of posts and I never got that far. And I know it’s new year and all, but I have now made another decision.
But before I tell you what I decided, here is what led me to this. A few days ago we were out with some friends, drinking, chatting, and someone I had not seen for a while started praising my blog, my writing, my English. I didn’t even know he had ever read it and suddenly there he was saying things that would have made me blush if I hadn’t already from the rosé. It has been bugging me ever since, it would not go out of my head, a little voice strengthened by his words that keeps calling ‘write a post’, ‘write a post’. And then, I made this decision.
I decided to accept my blogger self for what it is. For now, at least. It is an ad hoc writer, sometimes so eager to write, other times forgetting about it completely. And that’s fine with me. Because, and here is the selfish reason, if it weren’t, then I might not post anything for a long, long time to come. I don’t want that. The blogger in me wants to write and with her own rules. And now she can.
Conclusion: I am an ad hoc blogger. The only thing I can promise my readers is that there will be no more unkept promises. Because there are no promises at all. I will write and post when I feel like it and be silent otherwise. I might post several times a week and then not post for some weeks. I know this is not efficient, that I may lose potential readers, but you know what? For now, I don’t care. If you like reading what you find here, come back and read it, leave me comments (I will answer those – sooner or later;), but if you don’t, that’s totally fine. I am writing for fun. For my own and for anybody’s who comes to read my posts. No more than that. No more calendar and guilt. Just fun.

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