I like participating in bloghops. Since the beginning of the year, I've signed a few linky lists, co-hosted a couple hops, and even organized a joint bloghop with the lovely Michelle over at Writer in Transit, not to mention taking part in the mega of all bloghops, A-Z. I find bloghops (or blogfests, never really knew the difference between the two) appealing for several reasons:
- Good way to show support for your fellow bloggers,
- discover other blogs of varying interests and/or,
- meet other like-minded bloggers,
- build your platform,
- increase the number of interesting blogs to follow,
- increase your followers,
- AND, you don't have to think of a creative post on the day of the hop. Someone else has done all the thinking for you, and all you have to do is follow their guidelines.
I think it's the last point that has gotten me into trouble. First, bloggers have gotten creative in coming up with fun and interesting themes, and I've found myself wanting to sign-up for more than I could possibly handle. And even though bloghops are a lot of fun, they are time consuming when done right. I enjoy posting but also visiting people on the sign-up list, and that's where most of your time is spent--visiting other bloggers.
After finishing my 3rd round of edits (as of two days ago *happy dance!*), I'm in rewrite hyperdrive. But to finish my rewrites before the end of the summer, Mamma's gonna need more time. So, I decided to put future bloghopping on hold for a couple months. The up side is, not having to post for a bloghop has freed my mind to blog about whatever I wish. The down side is, I've forgotten how to blog (not that I ever really knew how in the first place). I've relied so much on other bloggers to come up with a theme, that with the reins back in my hands, I've forgotten how to steer the horse. In other words, bloghops have made me a lazy blogger! Now don't get me wrong, I have had a few ideas for posts, but the voice in my head keeps telling me it's a stupid idea and no one would give a flip about it so think of something else...' and then my mind just goes blank.
So now what? Well, looks like I'm going to have to get back into blogging shape, which means--I need more coffee or, another bloghop!!
Happy blogging everyone.