Why do you blog? Hmm…I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that on more than one occasion. The question probably pops up when you’re trying to figure out something to post about or after you’ve posted something and gotten no feedback. No feedback can lead to some soul-searching about blogging.
I started a blog because a friend told me that all aspiring writers should have one. So, I jumped on that bandwagon so fast that sugar plum fairies were dancing in my head. No one could tell me that it wasn’t going to be an exciting journey. Uh-uh. I was sadly mistaken and I learned quickly that maintaining a blog was kind of hard. Or was it?
I think I initially made the mistake that I had to write about writing because that is what everybody else was doing. And let’s face it, there are tons of blogs out there that do it and do it well. I even had the nerve to start a second blog that was just about “non-writing” things thinking that would keep the fire going for my writing blog. But I felt like I was killing myself trying to keep up with The Joneses and I started to lose interest. I posted less frequently until it probably looked as if I abandoned my blogs altogether.
After taking a long deep breath many months ago, I decided that I would take a different approach to my blog. I merged both my blogs into what you see now. I was determined my future would not include maintaining two blogs. I don’t understand how I thought that was ever a good idea in the first place. The next thing that I promised myself was that I would write about anything. If I felt like posting a poem, I would do it. If I wanted to rant about something, I would do that too. If I felt the urge to post about something personal, I would write it and press the post button. If something about writing hit my fancy, that would make an appearance as well.
There aren’t any rules to this thing and I’m sort of mad at myself for initially thinking that there were some. Now I feel so much more relaxed when writing and sharing a post and I don’t feel pressured to get something out every other day. I really commend the people who can pound out those posts. It gives me more to read and soak up. But that’s not me. I post at my own pace.
I guess you have to mess up before you figure out what works best for you. At least now, I actually like posting and I appreciate my own patchwork of a blog.
Why did you start your blog? Have you kept your initial formula or have you taken an alternate route? Do you feel the need for a regimen?