Technically Challenged But Not Beaten

by martha on January 6, 2011

I blog therefore I…show up in search engines.

Before this eponymous blog, a Google search for me invariably turned up websites about Martina McBride and a bunch of genealogy records (the name Martha was apparently quite popular in the 1800s).  Occasionally, my completely irrelevant IMDB profile would pop up, sometimes the information for a Virginia Realtor named Martha McBride would top the list, and usually if I clicked to the second page of results, I could find my Twitter feed or my LinkedIn profile.

As I began the process of getting this blog up last summer, I was excited by the SEO advantages of WordPress and knew enough to select a theme (Thesis) and request specific social media plugins.  Yet, as I spoke with other bloggers and they got excited about possibilities and came up with more and more ideas for me, I froze.

I’m a writer, not a programmer.  It doesn’t matter that these things no longer require “programming skills.”  They do require a desire to do it.

Finally, I will confess: I lack desire.  I prefer to focus my creativity on the words, phrases and the modern “generating content.”  Regardless of how much I try, I cannot cultivate an interest in the technical aspects.

Having more options to increase the “impact” of my blog doesn’t excite me; all those extra options make my head hurt, give me a little anxiety, and amp up the pressure.  So, once this blog was up in skeletal form, I basically shut down.

One post went up in the middle of July and then I was done.  Suddenly, feedback about my header looking amateurish and another friend’s comment of “That picture doesn’t do you justice,” and yet another social media expert’s long and passionate explanation of all the reasons I had to settle on a focus, and have a social media marketing plan, and figure out how I was going to monetize this site and make sure I added video and on and on…

To be honest, it exhausted me before I even started.

Now, with the decision to blog daily, I get a different kind of “pressure” that’s released me almost instantly from the looming feeling that I have to be perfect and do it all perfectly to do it at all. I can “do” deadlines.  That’s been the constant in my entire professional life.  I can hit the mark, exceed expectations, and deliver on time. That’s what I do: I am creative…creative on schedule.

I’m not blind or totally immune to reality.  I realize that the Facebook widget to the right isn’t working correctly because there is some issue with my “fan” page.  Yes, the Twitter connection (again on the right) isn’t the way I wanted it.   And, yes, my template is incomplete and I just threw something up on the About Me page so it wouldn’t be all lorem ipsum.

But, I can say for the first time since I started this project in 2010: I really don’t care.

I’m writing. I’m writing for myself and as myself, again. That I’ve been doing that – Writing again *swoon* – for six days straight is a major accomplishment for me. In fact, it’s cause for celebration and tonight’s the perfect night for some revelry.

As I like to say to my party plan peeps: Thursday is the new Friday!

And, with that, I’m going to take my own advice.  Have a great night!

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Cricket January 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Now THAT my friend is what blogging is all about. 🙂

Glennette January 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Amen, amen, amen. My new mantra is Take Action Revise Later!

Keep up the great work and most definitely keep writing! I’m so glad we are in this blogging challenge together!

Glennette Goodbread

Sidney January 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

What an entertaining writer you are!! So glad to be exposed to your writing!!

martha January 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thank you Sidney! I really appreciate it.

Amy Warden January 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

It is OBVIOUS that writing is your passion. And honestly, when I first clicked over to your blog, I was impressed with your header, and the overall clean look and feel. Your writing just sells the whole package IMHO.

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