I've been indulging in a little slow blogging this week, kind of accidentally on purpose, stepping back, but also with another busy week personally and professionally thrown into the mix. There is always something to do as a blogger, writing, taking photos, photo editing, reading, commenting, joining in on linky's, carnivals, meme's and probably a lot more that I'm still not aware of. Sometimes the week just flies away from me and it's Friday before I know it!
Having read the post on Tots100 about the Slow Blogging Movement it threw up some interesting points and also made me think about why I came into blogging in the first place.
I am absolutely loving blogging, somewhere to write and indulge my love of photography, a memory box for my daughter, a place to share what I love and to share in other people's lives through their blogs. My food blog is a place to write about my passion for food, health, nutrition and travel.
To quote from the Tots100 post - "Slow bloggers use their blogs as places to reflect, rather than feeling the entirely illusory pressure many bloggers feel to be witty or fastest or first with the latest hilarious Internet meme, linky or fad"
But as enjoyable as some of the many linky's, meme's, etc circulating are, it does feel like a blogging merry-go-round at times, where you either jump on for the ride and improve your stats, page-views, followers and such like or you rank low in the metrics.
The new Tots100 metrics are coming into play next month and a seemingly whole new way of measuring our blog's worth in cyberspace. Klout and Kred which I had barely come across plus Twitter amongst others will now be tapped into for stat's. I love Twitter (I wonder if there is such a thing as Slow Tweeting), it's my new favourite place which, as overwhelming as it can seem at times, has provided a great outlet and is a networking gem for business.
So, slow blogging or blogging at high speed - the tortoise or the hare, maybe there is a flower-scented, tree lined path straight down the middle where the air is fresh and the pace is steady - that's where I'll be heading because I want my blogs to have longevity and I want to continue to enjoy blogging and not be concerned about how many posts I've managed this week or next or what everyone else is doing or become consumed with stats and rankings.
Do you feel the pressure as a blogger to over-achieve or have you settled into your steady blogging rhythm? More importantly, are you still enjoying blogging, if not, maybe time to slow it down, jump off the merry-go-round a few days each month and take time to breathe. But if you love the thrill of the chase then maybe speed blogging is for you.
I'm entering this post into the Tots100 Slow Blogging Carnival #slowblogs