Blogging Basic – You Must Write!
Writing posts for any blog consistently is challenging. As writers, there are many challenges, e.g., new technology, deadlines and copyright infringement (see Blogging Basics – Is Copyright Important?). One of the biggest challenges that any writer can face is themselves. We can become our own best friend or our greatest enemy.
It is easy for anyone to begin a journey into blogging. It is far harder to realize we are all human and sometimes that the life around us takes precedence. Even with our best efforts bloggers have no control over life itself. I started my blog because I enjoyed doing it. I write from the heart and about things I have experienced or understand. Unfortunately, life seriously kicked me around over the last several months.
Self-pity or Write
As a general rule, I try to post a minimum of 4 times a week. The more complicated my life became the less I would post. It got to the point, I was lucky if I could write one post every two weeks. It became harder to write anything that I felt had meaning or value. I felt I had lost my voice and suffered from a case of “self-pity.“
As the new year began I was having serious doubts about myself and my abilities. It was easier to feel sorry for myself than it was to find a solution to the problem. I couldn’t seem to grasp that the problem was me. It wasn’t until I became proactive that I began to see a solution to the problem.
1. Write - You have to understand that you can’t blog if you don’t write. Writing is the most basic fundamental for a blogger. I have begun to write about a variety of subjects. It doesn’t matter if I ever publish any of them. What does matter is getting back into the habit of writing daily.
2. Dedication - Time management is a big part of blogging. It is easy to begin to tell yourself that, “I will write about this later” but the problem is later might not come. If I procrastinate on a subject or an idea it is more likely that I will never write about that subject. I have begun to dedicate some time in the evening and early morning to writing.
3. Friends - Isolating ourselves from others is never a good idea. It is surprising how much you can learn by talking to other writers (bloggers) about what’s going on in your life. Talking to friends helped me to understand that we all have challenges at various times. It was through friends and their encouragement that I found my voice again.
4. Proactive - Life happens. If it wasn’t for the different events in our life we wouldn’t have anything to write about. When life starts to become more complicated try to become proactive in your thinking. It doesn’t matter if the events are positive or negative because everything can give us the opportunity to write about it.
5. Past - Reading your older posts can help you regain confidence in your abilities. The things we have written in the past can show us that we were able to communicate ideas effectively. Looking through your older posts might even help you to find a fresh idea on something you have already written.
Ownership is Hard
As a blogger, it is typical to feel overwhelmed at times. A goal of most bloggers is to own their own website. The one thing that many bloggers fail to realize is that owning your own website comes with huge responsibilities (and it has the possibility of great rewards). As the owner of a site you are responsible for more than just writing. You are responsible for the way your site looks, checking for updates and writing your posts.
Each of us write about our lives for various reasons. The recent events in my life helped me to understand that a writer (blogger) is a person that is willing to share information, stories or their life with others. It helped me to discover that we each work through our own personal issues so we can share with others and hopefully help someone else when they need it. Blogging is truly a “pay it forward” type of experience.
Writing about our lives on a daily basis can become difficult at times. Have you ever felt like you lost your voice? Do you have any secrets for staying focused on writing? Tell me in the comments!
I would like to give a special thanks to three bloggers that continued to show support during the past few months and helped me to find my voice again.
Amberr - Like a Bump on a Blog
Andi-Roo – The World 4 Realz
Mary – Homeless Chronicles in Tampa
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