Our dear Spo, occasionally writes about the BOD, reminding him of his obligation to put out, to write, to post, to produce for his loyal readers. I feel this pressure, without a board reminding me of it. I made a personal commitment to post at least once each day, five-six years ago.
As bloggers, we are content creators. We have an audience. Loyal readers that look for our updates. They miss us when we are not there. I have emailed a few bloggers over the years who went missing, inquiring into their health and well being.
BF Skinner would say, don't be so predictable, but I am.
Why do I do this daily? Because I want to. It is a commitment to myself. I hope that it my daily posts are looked forward to by my readers. I love the interaction with comments.
How do I do this. Nearly every post is written ahead of time. Some of the theme day posts such as YouTube or Music Mondays, are created and scheduled as much a month ahead. I go back and review, and edit, and replace, or shuffle around posts. I try to be at least a week ahead every weekend. When I feel the need to take a break, I will write as much as three or four weeks ahead. Then I can take a few days off, and my audience still gets a daily post. I have a folder of draft posts, posts that have been started and still need work before they are ready for prime time. Some never will see the light of day. As I write this, I am amassing posts ahead, thinking a few days off from putting out are in order.
I start every post with a photo. Sharing my photos is a special reason for me to have the blog. The photos here are mostly mine, some are old family photos, including a lot of scanned slides from my father's collection.
I do this because I enjoy it. I find meaning in it. I do it to connect with you my readers. I try to share a message, to remain positive most of the time.
So what is ahead for the adventure? I intend to maintain the daily posting. Foodie Friday will go away, I am struggling for ideas too often. Maybe after the new kitchen is installed, I will think about doing cooking posts. The limits on travel the past couple of years, have at times morphed Travel Tuesday into way-back days. The Sunday Five is very popular, I will keep thinking of questions to ask. Music/YouTube Monday is fun. I need to get the scanner out to keep talking about the way we were on Wednesday. I have all of my black and white negatives from the 70's - a few thousand of them to work through (groan!) Over the next couple of weeks I will develop a blog plan for 2022, I did last year, and taped a copy to my computer - it worked.
What should I replace foodie Friday with?