Blogging is kind of a weird profession. You have no boss, no coworkers to read your work and give you feedback. You wait for inspiration, or you just start writing and see what happens. When things go right, you get excited. Really excited. Finger hovering above the publish button, you feel a little juiced. And then you do it. And wait.
After I publish something, I try to share it and then immediately go away and do something unrelated to avoid the obsession.
But inevitably, I’m back at the computer within 5 minutes, hitting refresh on my stats page to see if anyone’s reading it, checking facebook to see if it connected with anyone, hitting up twitter hoping for retweets or comments…
The whole thing is so unpredictable. You write something you think is so good and then all day long…crickets.
Or you write something you think is only marginally good but it’s the best thing you can come up with at the moment, and bam! Off it goes, making people laugh and share and comment.
On the best of those days, you can’t tear yourself away from the computer. It’s a rush and a high of its own kind. And let’s be honest, blogging is a lonely profession. When something connects, and people let you know it, you really feel like part of a community. And we all get to feel a little less alone.
When it doesn’t connect, you spend all day mumbling, “BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT, I TELL YOU!” to the uninterested faces of your children.
And trying again.