Today is my blog birthday and eight years on I still love blogging. But I don’t love what I’m writing; I’m in a rut.
It is not a blogging rut, as I’ve got lots of ideas and enthusiasm, until I start writing. So far this month I’d plan to publish a post about finding your blogging niche (including a worked example for this blog) and a review of what we’ve achieved in the second year in our house. In fact I’d planned to publish both of those last month, but I still haven’t written them.
Possible reasons why I’m reluctant to write:
- I’m writing because I have a goal to publish four posts a month and not when I’m inspired
- I don’t like the topics I’m writing about
- I overthink posts and I don’t let my writing flow
- My posts are too superficial and don’t contain enough of me
- I rush posts so don’t enjoy the process of discovery and writing
Over the last few months, my mind has kept repeating one thing – if I don’t particularly enjoy what I write, why should I expect other people to enjoy reading it.
This blog was an experiment so I could learn about this thing called blogging. I had no plan; I had no aim. I used a domain name we already had and started writing on topics of interest to me at the time; organisation, personal development and books. Since then my writing has changed as my interests have changed, although still with no plan.
Where do I think my blog is going?
I admit I would love to be a pro-blogger bringing in more money to the house than my husband. But I suspect if that was going to happen there would have been a few signs during the last eight years. But that’s okay; I’m still going to continue blogging as I love the blogs, the social media, and the people.
And it is the people, the community, that I want to be more involved with. I want to help people get better at blogging. I want to encourage people to work together so we can all improve. A few months ago I started a Google+ community “Better blog support group” with the aim that we focus on one improvement area each month and help each other by sharing tips and answering questions. It is quiet in the group at the moment and is mainly just me, but I love the focus and structure. Plus I love the challenge of growing it. Last month, I also added an accountability group where we commit to one action we want to complete that month and review progress four weeks later.
It would be great if you came and joined the group.
Through several Twitter chats I’ve noticed lots of people want to go to blogging events but don’t know how to find out about them. I understand the feeling having only discovered them a year ago, so I’ve compiled a list of all the UK blog conferences I know about, and I’m updating it as I hear about new ones. I’m also planning a monthly post to remind people of upcoming events.
I’ve got a few more ideas in my head as well.
So my aims for the next year are:
- to help more people
- to discover the topics I want to write about here
- to write deeper more informative posts
How do you feel about your blog? Have you had feelings of not knowing where you’re going, and if so how did you deal with them? Have you changed the way you approach your writing?