This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.
Every once in a while, I convince myself that I have a great idea for a “quick” blog post—something that I can whip right up that won’t take me long at all. After all, the ideas are flowing and I’m feeling inspired! …
Three hours later, I’m finishing up said blog post, feeling exhausted and wondering how in the heck I managed to take so darn long!
Thinking about it, I’ve come up with several time-extenders that seem to get in the way of a “quick post”:
- Searching for gifs. How do people find so many fun and perfect gifs? I often sit for an hour staring at pages and pages of randomness trying to find that gif that says exactly what I want to say. And then a lot of times the one I end up with isn’t ideal, but I get sick of looking so I use it anyway. (Case in point: I had a gif of the SpongeBob pic above, but it annoyed the heck out of me because it flipped back and forth too fast. It was giving me a headache just while I was writing this post, and I didn’t want to inflict that on you.) I don’t use gifs all that often anymore even though I think they’re fun in other people’s posts because I just can’t stand the hours of searching!
- Research. One post that I thought would be quick and easy was my recent list of book blogger terms and acronyms. I mean, I use those terms all the time, so it shouldn’t be hard to write them all down, right? Except that I wasn’t satisfied with the list of terms I could come with off the top of my head. I had to go scouring the internet for more! Oh, and I found that I couldn’t always describe the terms perfectly, so I had to look up several different definitions (so I wasn’t copying anyone’s) and formulate one. Hours later, I finally had that post done.
- At a loss for words. I start the post and I think I know what I’m going to say. This is going to be easy. But then I start writing and something happens … I can’t seem to form words. At least not in any logical order. I know basically what I want to say, but I just can’t seem to get the ideas out there coherently. I often end up skipping around and leaving sentences half-written where I couldn’t think of what I want to say (sometimes I even find those half-written sentences in a published post). By the way, right now there’s a half-written sentence in my Research section above where I suddenly stopped writing and jumped to the next topic. Better get back to that … (Oh wait, shoot! There’s another one up at the top of this post, just under the SpongeBob picture—seriously, how do I ever manage to write anything that makes any sense?)
- Graphics. When I was a newbie blogger, I could just write a post and publish it. I’d usually include some type of image, but not always. Nowadays, I feel like I have to create a title graphic for each and every discussion or special post (I still don’t do them for reviews). Of course, I once again have to find the perfect picture and a font that looks good and then I have to put a border around it and I need to get it all set up just so … Often I’m still not even that satisfied with the results in the end (I really wish I had an artistic eye, but I just don’t). I used to dream about taking pictures for my blog posts, but I’ve realized that photography just isn’t in my wheelhouse. I take hours for even the simplest Instagram pics and I can’t manage to take pictures I love for the blog. Sigh.
- Perfectionism. Really, this can sum up all of the above bullet points. I can’t seem to let anything just be good enough. I have to keep tweaking it and messing with it and adding to it, until hours have passed me by. (Actually, I’ve gotten much better about this than I used to be. I’ve learned to let go … a little. But apparently not enough.)
- Distractions. This is especially horrible while “researching.” I’ll be checking something out and then … squirrel! (Wait, what’s that Twitter notification? Hey, look at that awesome discussion Kristen just posted. Oh, I should check that email …)
Even my “simple” posts like the Sunday Post take me hours because I like to try to add so much to it (giveaways, favorite discussions, pre-order deals …). I actually love putting that post together, and I feel like it’s really useful to a lot of people, so I’m not complaining, but I do sometimes wonder why I have to turn everything into a project instead of a quick post. I can’t just post a plain old Top Ten Tuesday post that lists ten of something; I have to put the book covers into a cool collage-type frame and describe why I feel the way I do. Sometimes I should go for quick and easy, right?
Or maybe not. After all, there are plenty of quick and easy meme posts out there. Nothing wrong with those (well, at least some of them), but do we really need more? I guess I’ll keep spending too much time on my posts, and hope that they’re worth it.
Are you ever able to write a “quick post”? Tell me your secrets! I want to know!