The failure to post above my regular weekly themes got me thinking about blogging in general and my personal struggles to write lately. I like writing but I don’t think I’ve devoted any significant time to the hobby since November and the end of NaNoWriMo. My question is: why is blogging so hard? These are the answers I’ve come up with so far:
- Ideas come to me at the most convenient time like while driving. I can mentally work out a whole post and forget it before I have paper to capture the ideas on.
- I want to say it right the first time. There are so many times that have got caught up is trying to craft the first sentence to be “perfect” that the second sentence never gets written.
- I have a silly “three paragraphs rule” that gets in the way and adds to the stress for perfection mentioned in reason two. The rule is based on the observation that I normally won’t read something online over three paragraphs so I try write ideas in three paragraphs…it doesn’t work and that frustrates me and has kept me from posting.
- I have thoughts but I doubt that I can communicate them well or if it is something I am still processing I fear getting it “wrong” or not being able to defend my thought.
- Ideas are always growing and morphing. The questions I had last week might not be the questions of this week. There have been time that by the time I sit down to write a thought I have had I’m no longer interested.
- There is so many other things happening that take time. Something has to be dropped and for me writing "well" takes a long time.
- I'm scared of publishing thoughts or mistakes.
- The hay day of blogs has past and the blogosphere isn’t as important. I felt more pressure to keep posting when Matthew had his “blog of the month” contest and more people were sharing thoughts and linking to each other. The times they are a changing.
- I’ve been avoiding writing in general…not sure why. I think I just got out of the habit. I am holding out till I feel like writing and like everything else that could be a long time.