Ten Things I Could Be Blogging About That I’m Not (Blogging About)
Whenever I read those goofy, carny “How to Blog Better and Make a Ton of Money of the Unsuspecting and Easily-Led Public” sites, they forever talk about “pillars of content” and how list posts are a great way of getting traffic and generating content and all that nonsense. So, I figured I’d attempt something along those lines and wait for the millions of visitors to steam in, marvelling at my prose and offering to write me a cheque out of sheer gratitude for my writing endeavours. Without further ado, Ten Things I Could Be Blogging About That I’m Not (Blogging About)…
- I could explain my blogging hiatus. I could go into detail about wedding plans, like suits and wine and entertainment and being really very excited at the prospect of it all.
- I could discuss my work commitments, as a further reason for slacking on the blogging front. That would’ve been fun, eh?
- I could even explore how sometimes it seems like there is nothing worth writing about. Or, at least, there is no subject to which I can add some insight or value. Or that when I do think of something to write about, I leave it so long that is no longer pertinent or current or interesting. Or someone else has said it better already.
- I could write about NaNoWriMo, about how it is such an inspiring and ingenious idea. I could pledge to do it next year, when I have more time and more ideas. I could at least plug the sterling efforts of two regular commenters – Steven and MDS.
- I could talk about the unremitting misery of being a sporting fan, particularly in reference to Liverpool’s last minute defeat at the weekend. I could come to the conclusion that sporting allegiance is the path to misery, yet if you follow a dominant club that is even worse, as you expect success. You’re never surprised or enchanted by it. I could conclude that I was kidding myself, and of course it is more fun supporting a team that doesn’t break your heart every week. I could, after that, change my mind and decide that those people who support proper underdogs are the true heart and soul of sport. I could reflect on my youth following my local non-league team, who were awful. And change my mind again.
- I could begin to mull over my favourite albums from this year. Or even begin to mull over just why I buy so few albums compared to five or ten years ago.
- I could talk about the snow. I could regale you with the tale of my journey into work, where mere millimetres of snow brought the whole train network in South East England to a standstill. I could get irrationally irritated with people using umbrellas in the rain. I mean, who uses umbrellas in the rain? And why do they aim them at my eyes?
- And the people in the queue ahead of me this morning in the coffee shop. Do they really think it is acceptable to just chat amongst themselves whilst keeping the Coffee Employee waiting, with a big queue behind them? Do they really think it is acceptable to take forever to decide on their drink – and then just order a white coffee? Do they really think it is acceptable to not only all pay separately, but by credit card, putting just £1.80 on each card?
- Will this do?
Image of Toucan by Brian Gratwicke via Flickr. Those bloggy-advice sites are always on my back about using images. I like toucans. So, toucan play that game. Boom-tish.
You simply MUST blog about 9 and 10. 😀 Good to see you putting some words down here however flippantly they were added.
Re 5 – I felt so depressed about the Liverpool match that I almost didn’t watch the highlights. Was glad I did in the end as we played far better than the 5Live commentary was prepared to acknowledge.
I think we all need to do this sort of post. I’ve started five or so posts in the last two weeks and have published nothing. I mostly blame work, but the kid is time-consuming as well.
“I could get irrationally irritated with people using umbrellas in the rain. I mean, who uses umbrellas in the rain? And why do they aim them at my eyes?”
There is nothing irrational about this irritation no matter what others might tell you. As someone who refuses to use an umbrella, much to the bemused condescension of my peers and loved ones, it’s nice to see that at least one other person out there recognises the grounds of my refusal and shares a measure of my disgust of the things. In a city centre, or any other location where other people are about, umbrellas are a fundamentally anti-social device that scream “f***k you world, outta my way.” On many occasions I have felt lucky to have kept my eyes in my head and my face free of scars.
There is no possibility that I am over-reacting.
I hope the wedding plans/excitement are going well.
Steven – Oh, I’ve got plenty to write about for 9 and 10! You’re a better man than I, I couldn’t face watching the highlights. The 5Live commentary was virtually pro-LFC compared to the BBC London commentary – it’s been a long time since I’ve heard such biased analysis. “Well, there’s clearly some slight contact there, has to be a Spurs penalty, the Spurs players have a right to be aggrieved” followed by a few minutes later, “Well, there’s only some slight contact there, not enough for a Liverpool penalty, no idea why the Liverpool players are complaining”. While it is a London station, and I may be old-fashioned, but shouldn’t the BBC be neutral?
BoC – Publish them! Even half-finished stuff is good, right? I get torn between thinking each post should be incredibly well thought out and thinking I might as well throw any old rubbish out there and seeing what response it gets. That’s what blogging is all about, right?
MDS – Wonderful, I have an anti-umbrella ally! In an increasingly rude and impatient world they are a clear-cut symbol of how anti-social people are becoming. If you want to keep dry, wear a hood! Oh, and people who have their umbrella up when it isn’t even wet anymore, grrr….
Wedding plans are going well, thank you!
Brilliant. I’m thinking about a series of 2010 in review posts, and you inspired me to think about them even more!
Tell more about wedding plans. Guaranteed unsolicited advice.
What can I say, I write to inspire people!
I may well write about wedding plans soon, but we’re trying to keep a few things a surprise and I don’t want anyone in the real world sneaking on here and finding out what’s going on.
Guaranteed unsolicited advice is my favourite sort of advice. Thank you!
Here’s a sampling of the unsolicited advice I got when I was getting married. I’ll pass it along, unsolicited, to you:
If you order flowers in bulk it’s pretty easy to make your own floral arrangements.
Let your fiancée, mother, and mother-in-law do all the planning.
Smile really big when you’re walking up the aisle.
As long as there’s an open bar at the reception, people are going to have a good time.
Ditto to what doublewordscore said. Also, focus more on the party and keep the ceremony short.
Thanks guys, those are great tips – sounds like we’re pretty much on track with most of that. I may well blog on it in the near future.