I recently started trawling the interwebs for bloggers who write about nerdy fashion, in order to get some ideas on how to promote my jewellery. Among a veritable treasure trove of awesome people, I came across The Nerdy Girlie, a very fun US blogger. She started a fun little game where she encouraged bloggers to make a confession post, and I figured I might as well join in. To be honest, there's not a lot I hold back from you guys, but I managed to come up with a few things that might count as Blogger Confessions of note.
Confession One - I don't think of myself as a Blogger
I know this is a completely ridiculous one. I have three blogs of my own, a regular slot at Already Pretty, and I've contributed at Kiki and Tea, XO Jane, The Closet Feminist, and The Lacquerheads of Oz. I am someone who blogs - a lot. I've even been paid for it! But I still can't wrap my head around the idea of me as a Real Blogger. The Nerdy Girlie, Lab Muffin, More Nail Polish, these are REAL bloggers. I'm just a kid in my mum's shoes who clomps around the house pretending to be a Serious Business Lady sometimes. If someone asks what I do I always answer "Administration", because that's my Real Job, even thought I actually spend far more hours of my life blogging.
Confession Two - I'm incapable of sticking to a schedule
I see all these other bloggers showing off their elaborate post timetables, and I feel SO disorganised. I have a running list of ideas I want to write up (more than I could ever possibly write), and reviews I've promised, but I never seem to be able to stick to it. An idea pops into my head, and suddenly I NEED to write it RIGHT now, and everything else can wait. I always get my review posts up in a timely manner - but sometimes other things get shuffled, and shuffled, and shuffled again in favour of newer, shinier ideas. This post is actually an excellent example of my inability to stick to a schedule. I MEANT to spend this week doing a post recapping Oz ComicCon, but this post jumped the queue.
Confession Three - I need to get WAY better at saying no
I was so relieved to see this exact same confession over at Distracted Blogger! Because I don't think a lot of my own work, I'm always SO excited when someone asks me to do something I feel like an idiot saying no. Opportunities! So many opportunities! Maybe I'll never ever get another one and if I turn this one thing down my entire blogging platform will burn to the ground!? What if I turn this thing down and no one ever asks me for anything ever again and all my effort up until now has been wasted??!!
I'm getting better at this - I said no to two things just this week. But I need to get better. There have been too many times I've said yes to everything and found myself a hysterical mess trying not to let anyone down. I have to get better at realising the world won't end if I simply can't come through on something I promised, and setting up realistic goals in the first place.
Confession Four - I'm awful at reading other blogs
I have a huge blog roll of talented, awesome, fantastic bloggers - that I hardly ever read. I love the idea of supporting other bloggers and paying back all the love and support I get, but I somehow never quite get there. I'm hoping to get better at this once I'm not working full time, but at the moment I am just THE WORST blog reader. I AM however excellent at reading Twitter - anything posted to Twitter gets read right away, but otherwise...I'm sorry, it's really not you, it's absolutely me.
Confession Five - I totally blog at my day job
If you're interested in reading other Blogger Confessions, there is a whole bunch of them over at the G+ Female Geek Bloggers group!