Bad Blog ‘Relationship’
There’s one thing funny about myself as a person, and as a food blogger. Despite going all fancy with WordPress and its new clean-and-sleek themes, I still find that I’m intuitively always trying to go back to basics. I keep looking back to my beginnings. As I’m writing these words, I confess I have not written any content for the past month (the entries you’ve been receiving all this while were pre-written sometime back). Yes, I have learnt over time how to post-process my photos beautifully and create arresting collages, and my blog site now looks quite pretty. So why have I stopped writing?
I’ll be frank and say it out now: I think the passion is leaving me. It almost feels like I’m in a bad blog ‘relationship’. I’m starting to realise that these days, just writing one post up actually involves quite the herculean effort if I want to keep to the standards that I have set for myself. From the photo taking, to its sorting, culling, editing… all time consuming. And on the computing side of things, I can be quite a pedant with formatting, layout and style. It has reached a point where blogging isn’t enjoyable anymore. The actual writing has almost been flung into the darkest depths of ignominy. And of course, I’ve also fallen prey to the inexplicable ‘need’ to cover every place I’m visiting.
I’ve spent the past week reflecting on my blogging behaviour and have decided to make a few changes. Most importantly, I’ve decided I need to let go. I need to start letting go of my death grip on things. Not every post has to be beautifully collaged. Not every place needs to be written up. Not every week has to have 3 published posts. I haven’t touched my dSLR for a few weeks now, aside for one venue. It’s actually really refreshing eating out without wearing my metaphorical ‘blogger’s hat’.
I’ve learnt to embrace the iPhone as a quick alternative to taking (and editing) my photos. And if a post comes out not as pretty, I need to tell myself that it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I enjoyed writing it. This is the only way I can make this food blog sustainable.
I’ve also decided that I’ll ask restaurants for permission to take photos. This way, my photography will coincide with the establishment’s photo policy. It’s only fair. If they say no, then I won’t blog it. I’ll leave a thoughtful review on Urbanspoon instead. This will help streamline my posts to places that actually do welcome feedback from food bloggers.
I still have a few running themes that I intend to write about. Like a series of posts on food photography, or a city coffee trail, or my experiences with my home coffee machine, and maybe a guest post or two on topics that bloggers and foodies may be interested in. I’ll let these ideas fall into place in its own time. I’m on the cusp of suffering a blogger burn-out, and as such, have decided to take things slower and learn not to put too many projects on board. But all the same, these ideas are brewing in my overactive little brain…
How about the rest of you bloggers? What makes you continue blogging? Any ideas why some of us pull the plug? And what is it that makes some of us stay for the long haul?
Image courtesy of my friend, Wendee at Beautiful Amnesia Photography