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Just This One More Thing

So I have this thing I have to do. Yes, Have To. I made a commitment. It’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s a thing that helps me in the long run, but it takes work. Actual, no two ways about it, work. So naturally, I’m putting it off.images.jpg

You see, I don’t want to do the work. Why? I’m not sure. It’s not that I can’t. I’m able to do it. It’s just that I don’t want to.

Will I? Of course. Like I said, I made a commitment. I don’t take my commitments lightly. It will get done. And it will get done on time. But right now, I’d rather do something else. Anything else. Like, oh, I don’t know… blog maybe?

My plan was to get up this morning, drop my son off at work, and then GET. IT. DONE.

I got up, took him to work, and decided I needed breakfast. Well, don’t we all? Most important meal of the day, and all that jazz. So, I had breakfast. And while I ate, I checked my email. That makes sense, right? Multi-tasking to save time?

Well, my email reminded me that I had to provide some feedback to Amazon, so I took care of that (because without my feedback they might fold). Then I realized that I needed to send a welcome email to my summer writing group (or their parents, to be exact).

It took me a while to trudge through the task of setting up a group. Don’t laugh at me, but I find Google and their email and docs and such kind of awkward. I know, I’m the one who’s awkward, but I’m okay with that. Finally I got it sorted out, the email written, and sent.

Okay, so NOW I’m ready to do that thing. But shouldn’t I at least get a load of laundry started? Or unload the dishwasher? Nah, I have to do the thing. But wait! What a brilliant blog post idea. Me, procrastinating, again! My readers will LOVE it!

Insert eye roll here.

Okay, so maybe not the most brilliant topic, but, to quote lots of people, “It is what it is.” What does that even mean?

So now, at long last, I’m going to wrap up the blog post, and get started on my task. Oh wait, it’s time for lunch. Okay, right after lunch I’m starting! Really.


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Who Are You Strange Men, and Where Have You Come From?

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In the past two weeks or so there have been a number of new followers to BulgingButtons. This makes my little blogger heart happy, since a follow generally indicates that the reader has enjoyed something he has read.

Yes, I used “he” on purpose there. You see, I’m a fat middle-aged American woman writing about earth-shattering topics like cleaning up my house and trying to get healthy. Yes, I also write about education, and you’re a fool if you don’t think that’s an important topic, but generally this is a mostly self-indulgent little blog about me trying to get by in the world, doing the best I can. So why, then, are most of these new followers men?

I’m not sure, to be honest. Maybe they’re all fake; you know, the spambots people are always warning us about? But I’ve gone to their sites, and they look pretty legit. None of them tried to sell me time shares or sign me up as a mail order bride. Maybe, just maybe, they read something they liked?

I do try to follow some of the golden rules of blogging, but I’m not always successful. What I try to do:

  1. Provide something of value to the reader. Maybe it’s a good idea I’m sharing, or inspiration, or just the knowledge that the reader is not alone in whatever foolish thing they’ve done.
  2. Keep my blog posts easy to read. I know I tend to ramble, so I work to keep it under control. I also use paragraph breaks and lists to help make text easier to get through.
  3. Write about things I care about. If I’m inauthentic the reader is going to pick up on it instantly and stop reading. I may sometimes be raw, but at least I’m real.
  4. Polish my work. I try to put out blog posts that are carefully checked and as error-free as possible. Yes, sometimes mistakes slip through. When I catch them, I do go back and edit. I think readers deserve to read error-free content.

Still, there must be something. I would love some enlightenment. New followers, you are certainly welcome here. We’ve been doing this thing for about four years now, and we’ve built a terrific little community here. Feel free to join the conversation, and if you’re willing to share, tell us what brought you here in the first place.


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I Just Don’t Get It

6iy544o5tI’ve written about this before, so I apologize if you’re surfing around and you’ve just read something similar, but it’s bugging me, so I have to let it out.

It’s this… why is it that stuff that I slap together and throw on the blog frequently outperforms blogposts that I’ve struggled over and tweaked endlessly? It’s like choosing a selfie over the Mona Lisa. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but why?

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Is it that the “quickie” posts are off the cuff and not too dry?

Are they more “relatable” than my epic masterpieces?

Are they shorter, and therefore quicker to read?

Or are people just fickle, and like what they like, regardless of how much thought and effort goes into something?

Maybe I shouldn’t be so uptight about it. After all, Kraft makes a mean mac and cheese that can be on your plate in less than fifteen minutes, and even though I know how to make homemade, there are still times (more than I’d like to admit to) that their version is the one I’d prefer.

I just wonder if other bloggers find this to be true? Do you find that “quickie” posts often generate more interest than well thought out pieces?

And readers, what do you think? Is it just that we prefer some light reading to more dense material, or is something else at play here?you_like_this_on_facebook-1920x1080

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Oh, and by the way, this was a quickie, so you’ll probably want to “like” and “share” it.