Blogging and I have a long and sullied relationship. At first, like most newbs, I was very enamored with the thought of blogging often. I had a lot to say, right? Slowly, blogging became more of a burden than a hobby. After that, its a hop, skip and a jump to empty thoughts, pressure and a hatred of the medium. Feeling guilty is a sure way to build procrastination. Here’s three ways to make it ‘not a big deal’.
Start with Other Content Most of us read several RSS feeds, have events to promote or may have stumbled upon a fun new site or toy. Using the momentum of your thoughts on external content is a major blogging spring board. Not everything has to be new and fresh topically: whats fresh is the perspective you bring to it. Even if others have already touched on the subject, bring your own experiences and research to the table. Help others and be useful.
Short is Sweet Every post wont be your greatest life’s work. This is my biggest downfall: thinking that every post needs to be new, novel, best and biggest. If you never start, you’ll never gain momentum. Think of your blog as your space for brainstorming. Your place to take notes. Use the community to build on the post. Not everything needs to come from you: sometimes the best parts of a short blog post are the comments from readers who bring the idea to full tilt.
Respond Maybe you really were rocked by something someone said in Twitter. Perhaps another’s blog post really got you thinking. Why not craft your own lengthy response? Blogs are a place for individual commentary and creating and honing your thinking skills. Typing up your thoughts and posting them online provides you with an ongoing record of what topics interest you while helping you iron out your thoughts with feedback.
No matter what, keep going and dont feel bad for long absences. Think creatively and allow that instant interest in something to grow into a relevant post for your subject matter. Draw a little outside the lines and bring your personality to it. A good read is one that allows us to see into the blogger – not just the content.