At the start of this New Year, I was inundated with e-mails notifying me of new blog postings and my usual uninhibited interest in reading these new postings quickly turned to annoyance as the notifications endlessly rolled in. I quickly determined that this massive amount of blog postings was somehow inexorably linked to the New Year’s resolution phenomenon.
The more I thought about this, the more it irritated me and the more I felt the need to vent about this issue, whether my opinion is misguided or not. As you may have already guessed, I do not make New Year’s resolutions and find them to be an incredible waste of time and energy. I do appreciate that other bloggers have the right to make resolutions should they choose to, but some thought should be made as to the impact their new and sometimes overzealous blogging resolutions may have on their audiences.
Blogging is a way of expressing yourself, much in the way an artist would express themselves through drawing, sculpture, painting, etc. Like art, blogging also comes from inspiration and though not every inspiration creates a masterpiece and not all masterpieces are created from inspiration, those that come from inspiration are the works I find most enthralling and captivating and I am sure there are others that feel the same way.
When people make a resolution to blog more often, as seems to be the case this year, the inspiration that makes their art unique and captures the hearts of their audience has, to me, been lessened. What diminishes their art for me so thoroughly is that the underlying reason for their art is no longer simply to create, but is now done more for the attainment of a lofty and often meaningless resolution whereby quantity has now become their ultimate goal.
Although the original intention of making such a resolution was likely for the bloggers own betterment or to gain a larger audience, the unique and precious has now become an overabundance that suddenly seems cheap and tawdry. The idioms such as, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and ‘too much of a good thing is bad for you’ really apply to this sort of situation for an audience, but often the reception to this ’new and improved’ blogging pattern was overlooked or disregarded completely when the resolution was made.
When I am overwhelmed with post upon post upon post, three things happen; 1) I find myself losing interest in the blogs I once cherished; 2) I often will not even bother to read any of the massive amounts of blogs I have been notified about and 3) I seldom return to those blogs, choosing instead to find and read blogs from those bloggers more interested in their craft than a New Year’s resolution.
There are others that may not find the New Year’s Superblogger as distasteful as I do, but there are many readers that do. So should you choose to inflict your New Year’s resolution on your unsuspecting audience, think carefully about how it will be received as it may tarnish that which you hold most dear.