I set a goal at the start of this year to blog every day this year, and without a big announcement because I didn’t want to jinx myself. I didn’t want to call it a New Year’s resolution because we all know those fall by the wayside and run down the gutter until it backs up into your throat the next year. New Year’s resolutions suck.
I gave myself two weeks of vacation for the year, and blogged for part of it anyway, and I even took one sick day after I blogged saying I was taking a sick day. My goal of blogging every day this year has been so far so good, and bad too. We’re now a week into October…
This shit isn’t easy.
Thanks for the question Ms. S…
Blogging every day takes a lot out of you.
What does it take?
Besides coming up with a topic daily, and covering it in around 500 words, you have to make it interesting to someone besides yourself (and/or your spouse). You also have to come up with some sort of “Featured Image” thumbnail photo to represent your blog, and come up with a title for the blog itself. You have to add tags to it too, and not too many or too little because Google is fickle. You have to hope people read it, and relate to it or connect with it in some way, whether or not they leave a comment. You hope they’ll share it so someone else somewhere else may read it to, but you really shouldn’t focus on what you want people to do with your writing. You should just focus on writing.
My secret to blogging every day is simple. I never force myself to write about anything that isn’t coming naturally. I could be this far into writing a blog, and if I feel like it’s a bullshit cop-out topic then I start again. I save what I have in draft, and step away. I start with a brand-new blog. It’s why I blog sometimes in the morning, and sometimes very late at night like right now. It’s a process. The process is speedy one day, and slow as fuck the next. Some days I feel like the clock is ticking and I need to get my blog done, even after the fullest day of cooking and chestnut picking, and packing away our summer lives to make way for colder seasons and the end of the year.
My inspiration comes from whatever piqued my interest or pissed me off or made me laugh during the course of the day. Each day. Rarely, it’s about current events or news. Sometimes it’s an answer to a question from one of you, and sometimes it’s just a recipe. When I have absolutely nothing I want to write about, then I’ll usually do a contest giveaway. Most of all, it’s real and in real-time. Best of all, there are endless possibilities to write about…if you’re not caught with writer’s block. Writer’s block is like the equivalent of erectile dysfunction for men. If you’re not sick with a cold or exhausted or otherwise unable to write…or you never fight with your spouse or your child’s never had chickenpox, then blogging every day might be easier.
Despite my dramatics, when I write I stay true to myself. As a blogger it’s easy to be swayed by your reader, and instant feedback is both encouraging and discouraging. If I find myself being insincere, or I’m relaying something in a voice that’s not my own, then I cut it out. My writing voice is in my sole ownership and I never want to lose control of it.
If you choose to blog, whether daily or weekly, or something in between…
Then don’t half-ass it.
There are already enough blogs out there in cyberspace cemetery.