Blogging Without Obligation


I’m back after a long gap in blogging, and so this post is rather long overdue. Lukily for me, however, I firmly believe in the concept of B.W.O, or “Blogging Without Obligation.”

This mantra, a movement amongst bloggers, liberates me and other like-minded individuals from the shackles of guilt, and relieves the sense of impending doom that accompanies a long gap in bloggery.

Only fellow bloggers will know the incessant counting that comes with a month or so of *NOT* writing on your blog: “23 days since I haven’t blogged… 34 days since I haven’t blogged!” The anguish, the anxiety, the guilt!

But thanks to B.W.O, no longer do bloggers have to feel the unrelenting shame of having not updated their blog in a while.

Afterall, since I blog about issues I’m passionate about and given that I don’t make a penny from this blog, I think it’s only fair that I write for me, when I feel the need to.

However, rather than continuing with this desperate and apology-filled attempt at justifiying the overly long gap away from my online “home from home,” I’m going to sign the “Blogging Without Obligation” pledge, and I urge all my fellow bloggers to do the same.

Afterall, compulsion takes the fun out of everything. Not to mention the fact that blogging is fulfilling when you enjoy it, and you use it as a means to express yourself when you’re feeling inspired or impassioned.

So, if you agree, grab a logo, and sign the pledge. The sense of liberation alone make it worthwhile. 🙂

  • Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.
  • Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
  • Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
  • Because sometimes less is more.
  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”.
  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time.
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  1. Drue Kataoka · July 8, 2008

    Hi Aliya — I am sure this post will make many bloggers smile and laugh. Glad that you are back! It’s best to stay super current and update a blog as often as possible. But I agree this shouldn’t be done indiscriminately. The integrity and creative energy of a blog should not be compromised.

  2. hotconflict · August 29, 2008

    You look at your posts…and then you look again later.
    You have ideas…lots of them but…

    Sometimes, days just keep going.
    I have tried to avoid the writing dull drums by posting audio and video content.

    B.W.O at least you have given me an excuse when lazy!

    Check out this website talking about Pop-Culture and Islam.

    “There is no spoon”

  3. Terri M · February 18, 2012

    I just started my blog, but I had seen this button on another blog,and it fits my philosophy to a ‘T’.
    I knew that if I ever jumped into blogland, I would not allow myself to feel forced to write at a certain pace or to keep buying new things and re-arranging my home just to have something to blog about
    That seems to be a bit of a disease here in blogland. I hope I can stay true.

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