I’ve always had this complex going on inside of me where I think if I’m not being productive, I’m wasting my life.
Because of this, I have developed ten thousand hobbies so that I am never bored, never sitting there doing nothing. I am constantly on, constantly working on something. It can be exhausting. I don’t think I can even remember what it feels like to be bored. There is always something to be done.
As a blogger, this is just par for the course, I think. Bloggers take our content from everyday life, so anything can be used as fuel for our creative fire. It can be difficult finding a balance between “work” and everything else in life. The term “workaholic” might be an accurate description of my character. But I try not to complain too much about it, because the truth is, I love working this hard. I love being on constantly, working on something every day.
This blog is my passion project. The first year and a half have been rocky. I’ve been trying to figure out my niche and writing voice. I’ve taken advice from writing groups and unfortunately from all the numerous people who are trying to sell you something. They’ll tell you “make your blog informative”, or “don’t write about yourself, nobody cares”, or “stick to only writing posts about one very narrow topic”, but what I’m finding recently is that this is all a load of horseshit. Utter dribble.
As a blogger, there are no rules. There is no one set formula that will make you a success. Bloggers are successful because of their writing, so don’t let anyone tell you how to write. Or structure your posts. Or what to write about. The only thing that will do is mold you into that awful cookie cutter blog that I see online and think “boring, next”.
I want authenticity. I want character, personality. I don’t want perfection and staged pictures. Ok, maybe a little staging is ok. I mean, aesthetics are pretty important with how a blog looks. But at the cost of losing your personality? At the cost of not being genuine? No way. I’m not going to do that. I refuse to follow the masses just because someone has a successful blog in that style, just to make money. I refuse to copycat someone else’s style just because they made money. I don’t care if that means sacrificing some sort of success. This blog is not only for my readers (who I greatly appreciate), this blog is also for me. As a time capsule so I can look back at my progress, growth, and healing.
I think a lot of bloggers burn out quickly because they are trying to chase the success of another blogger instead of writing from their heart and creating content they are proud of. I think you will find that the words will fly for you when you are genuine with yourself and create content that you are passionate about.
My blog is part diary, part self help, part sounding board, part performance, all me. So, my blogging buddies, stop stressing about fitting in and start working towards something you feel truly passionate about. A lot of time and care goes into being a blogger. It sucks up all your free time, but if you’re anything like me, you love it.