Last week I sat myself down to write a post about the shampoo guy at my hair salon. Before I actually started writing, I thought, "This is a funny story!" But once I wrote it out...
Let's see, I had an awkward conversation with the shampoo guy. I got very uncomfortable because we chatted about my wedding ring, then he hit on me, all while shampooing my hair. I guess it was one of those "you had to be there" stories because after I wrote it, it just sounded stupid.
Then I started to write another post about Henry, but I stopped short after realizing the lack of amusement in a story about my puppy shitting on the carpet...for the hundredth time. A couple of more times during the week, I tried to think of something witty or moderately interesting to write about. Zero.
I think sometimes it isn't about writer's block, but rather my life isn't funny or amusing 24/7. Big shocker. At times, there just isn't much to share.
When I decided to make a bigger commitment to blogging and to this blog, I made a casual promise to myself that I would try to post every day. I think there is something to be said about posting daily. It helps to maintain discipline and organization. I am also realizing that there is something to be said about quality. I am seeking to tap into my inner voice, and that comes with writing daily. But I realize that not every one of my text-heavy posts needs to be published. Maybe some days it is a pretty picture that inspires me. Other days it is about earrings or clothing. It's not all ground-breaking or necessarily helpful, but when I write about something, I want to be satisfied with what I am putting out there (or at least excited to share it with you all).
Rather than dazzle you with stories or material that are overly dramatized versions of what really happened, it is okay to miss a day or two. And furthermore, if I were to start telling tall tales, I would become inauthentic to myself and my audience; a risk I am not willing to take.
In a perfect world, there would be quality and quantity. But let's just say, I don't think I am there yet. There are days when I am grasping at straws, and I am searching for something that inspires me.
As a blogger, how have you dealt with quantity versus quality? As a reader, what is your perspective on this? Does authenticity rank high on your list?