It doesn’t take much to get me irritated when I am in a bad mood and although that doesn’t happen very often, it did yesterday. The big problem for me is that when I get irritated, my blood sugar drops and that contributes to making me feel worse. I took over the Song Lyric Sunday challenge in the beginning of 2019 and since then, I have been trying very hard to keep it the same way that Helen had been running it. She had rules and what I think is the most important rule that she made was for everyone to at the very least look at one of the other posts that are made by the other participants and I am sure this is not being followed by everyone. I look at every post that anyone contributes to this challenge (something that many other hosts don’t do) and I find that most of the contributions are very interesting, and many of them have helped me to broaden my musical boundaries. The act of reading every post and listening to all of the songs takes a lot of time and effort on my part and there are many weeks where I feel like quitting. People write their posts and that is their only concern, but other people like me want to see what everyone contributes. I am always surprised with the different songs that people think of and that is what makes this challenge so special and so much fun.
What got me mad were people saying that they don’t like to follow directions, meaning that they don’t want to follow the established rules, which will only lead to anarchy. Maybe that is what the world needs and I wonder if life would be better if everyone chooses what they want to do, giving them unburdened freedom to do as they please. I am also tired rules, but I am not saying that I support chaos and violence, because I think that rules have a purpose, and I guess that I should try harder to listen to your voices, because I am only the current host of Song Lyric Sunday, and I feel like SLS belongs to all the participants.
I don’t want to lose participants over this, but until the rules are changed, they serve a purpose, so please try to follow them. The thing is that I give everyone 4 weeks’ notice in advance of what the upcoming prompts will be, and there is also a stipulation in the first rule that says if the song that you select does include the prompt word, then you need to explain why you chose this song. I am aware of the term copypasta which infers to a block of text that is copied and pasted across the Internet, but when some people listen to the music that you post, they also want to see the lyrics, so don’t view this rule as being spam, it is there to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
I am not a very popular blogger, although I am here on WordPress every day. I follow just about everyone who gets into the Song Lyric Sunday challenge, except the ones that make it too difficult for me to do that, usually the ones that are not on WordPress and they ask me too many questions in order to follow them. I would say that the majority of people that participate in the SLS challenge have never read any of my posts, except the one that they link back to, which is fine by me, because they have no idea what they are missing out on. Time is the enemy of every blogger, as we all want to write and we would all like somebody to read what we write, but reading other blogs takes time away from your writing, but I find it rewarding to see what others write. I am sorry for the rant, but Paula said that we should unburden ourselves of an annoyance and we’ll feel better afterward and she is right, as I feel better by getting things off my chest.
I only want to have fun with Song Lyric Sunday, so I am changing the rule for having to strictly meet a prompt word to become that of having to conform to a general theme. This way you can analyze the prompt words and interpret them how ever you like and I hope this will make life easier for everyone.
Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.