Most of the time I am. When things are going well.
Yes, when I get up at a decent hour and the ideas are flowing, I can find the appropriate links and the photos drop easily into the text like the last piece in a jigsaw, blogging is a marvelous daily discipline. I'm in the zone. It's one of the best things in my life.
When I oversleep, or ideas are in short supply, or self confidence is at a low ebb, blogging feels more like an exercise in self loathing. The vast whiteness of the blank page with a cursor blinking is the stuff of nightmares.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you are considering writing a blog.
- What drives you to write?
- Who do you want to communicate with?
- What is special about your voice that will bring readers back again and again?
- How much do you really want to do this?
- What do you hope to get out of blogging?
- How frequently are you willing to write?
A lesson that I have learned over time is that a shortage of ideas is far less daunting than having things to write about at a time when it would be wiser to remain silent. Not speaking, no matter how wise, is a heavy weight to carry. That's when you need a back up plan. Your commitment to write has to be bigger than the immovable object.
When all else fails, run the post from one year ago on this date. I try not to do that too often. But perspective can be educational.
Of course this assumes that you've already been writing for more than a year.
What are you waiting for? You need to start banking those blog posts now for when you'll need them in the future.
Trust me. You'll need them.
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