When I first started the Blog Everyday ‘Til the End of 2013 Challenge (which I guess is what I’m calling it) I was frustrated.
I was frustrated because I wanted to blog and to write. This is something I love. I don’t really even care if anyone is reading it, I just love to do it. But the thing is, I don’t always have something to say. Life is often full of highs and lows. Sometimes there’s a lot of exciting stuff going on or I’ve got a lot that I want to talk about and the words come easy. But other times, like right now, life is just the same ol’ routine and I’m too boxed in by my to-do list to really have the time or brain power to dedicate to writing.
In all honest, there really isn’t anything wrong with that ebb and flow, especially if you’re under no obligation to post regularly. I’m not making my living off this blog nor do I have the dedicated kind of readership that waits for my updates (or at least I don’t think that I do). It’s a no harm, no foul situation if I miss a week or two.
The problem is that I’m a serious creature of habit. As spontaneous as I can be (and even enjoy being) I do thrive on routine and so when I fall off a wagon, I have a tendency to fall hard. If I go a while without writing it starts to feel okay to slack-off even though a part of me won’t stop squirming at the idea of falling so far behind on something that brings me so much happiness and personal satisfaction.
Being a personal blogger is tricky. What do you do when there’s nothing going on or if the inspiration just isn’t there? You can only post so many shorties and irrelevant photos before even you start to get bored with yourself (unless shorties and irrelevant photos are your thing, in which case you’re probably on Tumblr and that’s a completely different ballgame anyway).
With The Let’s Go Ladies it’s pretty easy. Candice and I have a theme (nerdy travel!) and as vague as that can be sometimes, it still provides focus. We also have a set schedule (we each post at least once a week) and that’s a pretty good motivator. But having that focus makes it a lot easier in the first place. I always have a basic idea of what I’m going to write about each week and that’s half the battle.
Right now my life consists of four things: work, Jasper, grading and getting ready for Christmas. There’s only so much I can do with those topics that would be of interest to anyone else/appropriate for me to write about in the first place (expect for Jasper. I can always write about that fluff muffin).
So what’s a blogger to do?
Write everyday, apparently.
I’m only a few weeks in now but this challenge has been great so far. Sure, posts are all over the place and quality varies from day to day but at least I’m writing. I don’t know if I’ve quite found the focus I’m looking for yet but it’s liberating to know that just getting something out there is enough. Plus, not only am I less likely to fall off the writing wagon but because I’m always writing the creative juices seem to flow much more freely.
I guess writing is like anything else – you have to keep at it if you hope to get any better.
What about you? If you’re a writer (blogger or otherwise) how do you keep at it? What tips or exercises work well for you? If you’re a personal blogger, do you have similar struggles or does it come easily to you?