So.. last week I briefly touched on "blogger guilt" in the beginning of my Ikea Meatball Spag post...
I guess as the weather is getting warmer for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we're spending more time outdoors and less time inside and in front of the computer.. my number of unread posts in google reader each morning has definitely seen a decline.. but upon each blogger's return from being AWOL invariably comes a post of.. "I have been a slack blogger"... "Apologies for being MIA".. "I've been away because a, b, c"... and although it's nice to know what people have been up to while they've been away, and of course we miss these people when we don't get to hear from them and sometimes we wonder and sometimes we worry.. but why do we all feel the need to justify our absence??
Most of us, well, most of the blogs I read anyways, blog for the fun of it..
I don't know about the rest of you, but I blog to document my life and to share them with friends far away, I blog to share ideas, inspiration and things that make me smile, in the hopes of passing that sentiment along... I blog to sometimes ask opinions, because often it is those who aren't super close to us that are best at remaining objective.. and let's be honest, who doesn't love a bit of validation that our outfit looked good today, or that new pair of shoes are provoking a little bit of envy??...
I digress... if the majority of us blog for fun (as opposed to for a business or for work).. why is it that we each feel this "guilt" if we've been away for a few days??
Surely we are free to post as often as we like, be it daily, weekly, monthly, or just whenever something happens that we feel like blogging about??!!
Why are we a "slack blogger" because we haven't posted in a week? Who said we need to post daily!?! So far as I'm aware, there are no rules governing the frequency of our posts...!!
I'm sure I'll still feel bad if I don't post for a few days... as I'm sure you probably will too... but... why do you think that is??
Where does the obligation come from?? And when did it all stop being just a bit of fun?? (Not that it's not, mind.. but you know what I mean... ya??)
Em-Jae over at the button hole has similar thoughts.. she's just a lot more succinct with her sentiments!