I am, completely and utterly, a blogging amateur. A hobbyist. A dilettante. I like to write, I like to share… but to do it on an internal schedule that is never quite clear until inspiration hits. While my blog began as a way to bring family and friends along on our travels, I appreciate it most as a journal – with photos – to remind ME of all the places we have been and the things we have done during our fulltiming years.
I am definitely NOT a blogger who is committed to blogging daily; to keep it enjoyable, I go out of my way to avoid a sense of obligation to my writing. My blog has no ads, and increasing my readership is not a concern.
So it was with a feeling of dismay that I read on Nina’s blog, Wheeling It, that she had nominated/invited Semi-True Tales (me) to take part in The 7 Links Challenge sponsored by Tripbase. I admire Nina’s blog, and read it regularly. I know that posts/offers like this are a way to link blogs with new readers, and that being one of the nominated blogs is generally considered a positive boost.
So, in spite of my prior complete rejection of similar invitations, I gave it some thought – really! I even sat down to try to find posts to illustrate the 7 categories of past blog posts. And in no time at all, I found myself sidetracked by a diversion… following some other link, playing a game of hearts, moving to the sofa - Kindle in hand - or lacing up my shoes for a walk outside. Even making a grocery list, or sorting the laundry!
I can’t help it – it is just too much like homework, which need never be endured again in this lifetime, thank god.
Nina, I appreciate your invitation (thank you, really), and I understand that participating would be a very good thing for any blogger interested in increasing their readership. I really enjoyed reading YOUR responses to the 7 Links Challenge (and hope this post might introduce some new readers to YOUR wonderful blog), but I won’t be participating. Too many books to read, too many hikes to take, photos to sort, recipes to try… or perhaps I’ve just had too much wine?