"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak" ~ Hans Hofmann
I've long held the belief in QUALITY over QUANTITY, and each year strive to further pare down the superflouous layers of my life, and focus on what is most near and dear to my heart.
This year I managed to sign-up and volunteer for less, thereby having more time to devote my love, energy and creativity to those places and people that I still chose to commit to. My stress level decreased, my family felt more stable and happy, and my productivity increased.
One area where my participaton and time were still wildly out of control, however, was the blogosphere. Since my blog only really started to pick up this year, I got swept up in a wave of excitment, inspiration, and fascination that led to many hours spent online that probably should have been more evenly distributed between my online and offline committments.
Have you made any New Year's Resolutions
with regard to blogging?
What do you hope to accomplish in 2010?
What will you do differently?
I'm taking the same approach with my blog as I have with several other aspects of my life ~ SIMPLIFICATION.
My goal is to improve my content, stay engaged with my readers and followers, enjoy reading and commenting on the blogs I follow, and continuing to find new blogs and make new friends.
In order to accomplish this I feel I need to trim the fat. I pulled up my list of "Blogs I Follow" and am in the process of visiting each and every one (100+). There are dozens of reasons why I've clicked that little "Follow" button at one time or another, and now that I've becomed a more seasoned blogger and commenter, I've become more discriminating about who I follow and read.
By paring down my reading list, I'll be better able to comment, visit, and enjoy the blogs and bloggers that I have established relationships with. Yes, another application of QUALITY over QUANTITY.
I am going to continue to enjoy:
1) Blogs and/or Bloggers I like ~ whose ideas, content, creativity, style, or writing inspire, make me smile, laugh, or otherwise entertain.
2) Blogs written by those who follow Rook No. 17. I'm going to slowly, but surely make my way through my list of "followers" and make sure that I follow their blogs in return. I treasure each and every one of you and the friendships we build through blogging.
3) Blogs written by those who participate or comment in discussions here. You care enough to read and comment on what I have to say? I want to get to know you better too!
So, where to trim?
I guess it all comes down to blogs that I've followed for various reasons at one time or another that I don't necessarily jive with. They don't visit, don't comment, and don't follow, and I don't begrudge them. But if I've followed, commented, and tried to engage and have only met with dead air --AND-- the blog simply isn't my cup o' tea, then it just doesn't make sense to continue to spend my energy in a place that can better be spent elsewhere? Right? Your thoughts? It's nothing personal, and I mean no disrespect to those I chose to un-follow. It just boils down to what seems to me to be good common sense.
I want my "FOLLOW" to actually mean something ~ An affirmation that I read, support, like and genuinely regard you.
How do you keep your blogging a healthy
and balanced part of your life?
Have you been successfully able to manage
your reading list/blogroll?
On what criteria do you base your following?
Please contribute your insights, comments,
and experiences to this discussion.