I love blogging. I once saw it described as a random, unstructured way of sharing thoughts, ideas, grievances, hopes and dreams. Once I started my own blog, I quickly realised that this definition was simply not true. Blogging requires discipline, commitment and an array of organisational skills; in order to build an audience, it is most definitely a regular, structured endeavour.
In common with the mindset behind New Year’s resolutions, the huge majority of bloggers begin bursting with enthusiasm and resolve which rapidly wanes when the appeal of regular posting wears thin. And – with a huge shock – this is where I found myself in mid December. My own blog is still a new kid on the block – I began posting in April 2012. Although I vowed to post regularly over the Christmas period, somehow it didn’t happen. A little ‘looseness’ had crept in and each day I sensed a slight resistance to opening up my blog dashboard.
So I did what thousands of others do each year and pencilled in New Year’s Day for a fresh start and (for me) getting back on the blog wagon. But what inertia I’ve experienced today! I’m finally writing this post in the late afternoon after employing a shameful array of delaying tactics all morning. Finally, I was halfway through changing a bed (which didn’t need it) when I thought ‘ENOUGH!’ I left the pillows strewn on the floor and promptly opened up this ‘New Post’ page. To my delight, the old enjoyment and motivation is literally flooding back with each sentence. I’m back!
However I’m taking precautions by participating in a 30 day blog challenge. I know that committing to a burst of frequent posting will be good for me. Initially, I simply thought I’d make up my own challenge and write a little (or post an image or some audio) every day for 30 days but I’m now considering joining an organised group for the period. If anyone has experience of this or any thoughts to add I’d be grateful to hear them.
I know that several of my friends (on Facebook and Twitter too) maintain a blog. How is it going? Do you have any tips to share?