To me, there are limited reasons for using the word “sorry” in a blog post.
- When you have made a mistake for which you truly do need to own up and make amends.
- When you are in fact using it to NOT say sorry.
So if you’ll excuse the rant, there’s a trend in blogging that I would love to see go away forever.
Saying sorry for not posting.
Here’s the thing with blogging. If you’re spending more time posting and worrying about writing something every day – for the sake of writing something rather than the enjoyment or quality — you’re not actually living any kind of life that is worth reading about.
Truly, I get excited when I see that my favorite bloggers have taken a day off because it means they’re enjoying time with friends, family, pursuing non-blog-related passions, NAPPING or something else. When they come back, I’m usually much more excited to hear about their absence than I would have been to read some half-ass post that was published because “that’s what I do.”
If you don’t have something to say, don’t say anything at all. And be OK with that. Feel at peace. Enjoy your break.
I’m giving myself the same stare-down, so don’t think that I haven’t felt pressure to post every day. For those of us who make money from our blogs, a day without a post is a day without that income. It’s certainly something that plays a role, and I don’t want to be dismissive of that.
But if you do have the chance to step away, or you just need a brain break (this blogging stuff can be hard!), please…do us both a favor. Don’t apologize. If you need to explain where you’ve been, do that. But you don’t owe us any apologies.
That’s my PSA of the day. Back to happier topics tomorrow.