When I reignited my passion for blogging – I knew what I was getting back into. This time, however, I also knew that I wouldn’t stop and I would continue educating myself, until there comes a point that I am ready to pass my knowledge on, in the forms of long and in-depth articles and books. The time has come.
I read a lot, as bloggers do. It’s important that I get my daily intake of intellectual and meaningful news, content and other events all around the
world blogging sphere.
What difference does it make to you?
Well, I believe that everything comes to us at the right time, within the right circumstances. The hardest part for anyone who is beginning their blogging journey now, or even started it a couple of months ago – is going to be getting your word out on street. That is going to be the one thing you’ll have to work hard for.
So, because it’s hard and time consuming – I constantly see bloggers take strange shortcuts and other cheap opportunities that guarantee short-term success. I’m talking about the likes of private companies offering publisher jobs and such, which, at the end of the day, involve you devaluing your blog somehow. I won’t go into detail, it’s not my intention to tell you right from wrong.
I plan quite a lot, and not because I have to, want to or it’s the right thing to do. I plan because it makes everything happen more naturally, with care. I could allocate my whole day to creating just one post. I’ve done it before. It’s the most tiresome thing in the world. You feel like ass after the day is over. I don’t want to feel like ass.
This is why you should be blogging because you want to, not because you have to.
Blogging as a chore?
You should start with finding out what type of a blogger you really are. Be honest with yourself and answer that question, so that you always know the answer. This will help you create the gap between having to do something, and wanting to do something. In our case, creating content.
We, the human beings we are, we hate to be told that we have something to do, especially when we are in a mood that’s far from “doing things”. It’s the same with blogging, in the early stages – you just know you’ve got to work hard, but then a thought slips by, saying it’s all worthless waste of time and you should chill out. Acknowledge and let that thought go!
Here are some tips on creating content more easily and efficiently.
Give everything tiny bits of energy – and don’t consider blogging a chore, you’re only going to make it worse.
There are no chores, there is only the process of learning, sharing and working hard because you want to, not because you have to.
Blogging is real and known; accept that
Start by looking at my post about the etiquette of blogging. You will notice patterns within yourself, which will indicate your own blogging persona the most. It’s not the most in-depth of posts, but it’s good enough to help you understand yourself as a blogging person.
The post (video) that came to my mind when I wrote the headline was by Darren from ProBlogger, and his public speak about dreams and reigniting the passion for them. You will hear in the beginning, as you listen, that he talks about early days of blogging and how nobody knew what it is or what it does.
Fast forward to 2014, and everyone knows what blogging is – it’s an accepted choice of career, that many people, including me and you, are pursuing. You don’t just learn to write or put together bits and pieces. You learn social relationships, marketing, business tricks and other useful talents that help you live a better life.
Take that for a fact and accept that you’re a blogger, blog because you want to – not because you have to.
Never give up
It’s such a cliche, generic advice – but it somehow feels right for finishing this post.
I’m a blogger, just like you, who understands how hard it can be sometimes. The results are great one day, bad the other. It all plays with your emotions and your mind, I know it does, even if you won’t admit it.
If there is anything you should take away from this post, then its this: accept everything here and now, don’t look at numbers as a way of measuring success – look at the number as a way of measuring how many real people are interacting with you.
The realness that such statement brings into the whole concept is amazing and it’s something to live by.
I am all ears for hearing your own success story and how hard it was to do build everything from scratch?