Jun 18 How to Keep Bloggingâ€¦
I think the hardest thing for a blogger is the moment that the initial newness and excitement wears off. You are faced with what is perhaps one of the hardest realizations: and that is, â€œI have to keep this goingâ€.
As I have completed my first 100 blog posts on the Ignite blog, it is apparent that Iâ€™ve had ups and downs in blogging. There were some weeks where I would be on a roll and write a blog post daily, and yet other weeks when I breathed a sigh of relief that Jim or another Igniter posted something.
Surely, having a large of amount of client work has been one culprit to these inconsistencies, but quite often these were due to the difficulties of blogging itself. Many times I had come to a place where I thought, â€œI canâ€™t think of anything to write aboutâ€, and felt the pain of scraping to find something else to write.
Last week, I finally read a blog post that put this feeling into writing, and if you are a blogger I highly suggest reading it. It was an article entitled, â€œLeaning into the Blogging Dipâ€, written by Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger, and was partly a review of Seth Godins book â€œThe Dipâ€, combined with his own experiences as a blogger and his commitments to overcoming his struggles. In short, this article put a finger on exactly what I have felt as a blogger â€“ while giving perhaps the best advice Iâ€™ve heard in how to deal with it.
His advice? Youâ€™ve got to lean into it. Donâ€™t try to convince yourself you need a â€œblogging vacationâ€, or that you need to wait until you are â€œinspiredâ€. Instead, he has shared the following promises he is going to use to push through his blogging dips>
- I need to write when I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve got anything new to say
- Iâ€™ve got to write when Iâ€™ve got too much to say.
- Iâ€™ve got to write when I learn something new so I can share it with my readers.
- Iâ€™ve got to write when I find something â€œoldâ€ thatâ€™s valuable and convince my readers that itâ€™s worth examining.
- Iâ€™ve got to write when I feel confident and relaxed.
- Iâ€™ve got to write when every word that comes out seems like crap.
- And Iâ€™ve got to write during all of the times in between.
After reading these, Iâ€™ve decided to commit to this same philosophy, and will probably pick up a copy of Sethâ€™s book to get even more inspired.
So hereâ€™s to 100 more posts, and pushing through the dips along the way!