It’s easy to give up blogging. I should know I’ve done it many times before. I’ve started a blog with the best intentions and a burning desire to share my ideas with the world and then a week or a month later that’s it, no more posts. I’m aware this is a common theme in the blogosphere. Boredom sets in, you run out of ideas, you begin to loathe the subject matter and many other thoughts, feelings and motivations. The thing is, it is so easy to continue blogging, I mean you can write any old shit. No matter what you write there will always be someone who wants to read it in the same way that The Long Tail works for products and markets.
My day job helps me come up with ideas for blog posts. Anything I solve at work usually warrants a full write up for internal documentation and then I ask permission to modify it and remove any company specific information before putting it on here. You could say that this blog details some of the larger achievements that I have made in my professional career, at least the ones I’m allowed to share with the world.
Recently though I have been struggling with new posts. I decided last year that this blog wouldn’t just be a place where I regurgitate fixes for problems in the IT world. I toyed with the idea of setting up another blog and using it to rant. I wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo this last November but couldn’t bring myself to write up about it on here even though I had the grand aspirations of journalling the whole process. The problem is this blog is full of non technical posts but these see little or no light over the bigger more SEO friendly error message / solution based posts that I put out there, but I’ve ran out of those for the time being and the ones I do have on the back burner seem too time consuming to write-up. This has led me to lose motivation for writing blog posts which has then instilled a fear that this blog will fall to the wayside like my previous attempts and those of many others throughout the world. Then I reminded myself that I can write any old shit. Much like the content in the first paragraph of this post it has become my mantra recently and I believe it has given me back my motivation.
It can be hard to write and sometimes you think you don’t have the time, sometimes things get in the way, but you will never improve your craft if you just sit there worrying about it. Forget wasting your time watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and instead sit down and plan a couple of blog posts or you know what just write one.
Don’t give up blogging your life depends on it seriously…
Do you have any experiences like this or know of any tips or tricks myself and others can use to navigate around this issue? Let us know in the comments.