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Five Years of Blogging

The other day WordPress was kind enough to let me know that it was my five year anniversary of blogging. Happy Anniversary to me and BulgingButtons! And thank you, to each and every one of you who has read anything I have written. The kind feedback this blog has generated has been quite amazing to me.

When I begin, I thought I would be writing about my weight loss and fitness struggles. Here we are, five years later, and I am still struggling. In fact, I might be struggling more now than ever. Still, many of you have been with me since the early days, and have shown nothing but kindness, encouragement, and support.

No longer is this simply a blog about weight loss and the struggle it entails. It has become a reflection of my life in general. Family, relationships, teaching, and my world outlook have all found their way onto this website. My little corner of the Internet is where I plop things down for all of you to see. Sometimes I’m proud of what I’ve written, and other times I cringe a little when I hit the publish button, but it’s all authentic. It’s all from the heart.

Thank you for hanging out with me at Bulgingbuttons. Let’s keep supporting one another, and keep on keeping on.


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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.