I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I am looking forward to a fabulous and beautiful weekend 🙂
I have been thinking a lot about my blog recently. Why I blog, the challenges I face, what I hope to gain from blogging, how I hope to inspire people with my blog, and a whole host of other questions. Last weeks post, Evaluating Goals: Why Do I Blog? Opened a flood gate of ideas on the subject of blogging for me.
The Honeymoon is over. ( Not that this is a bad thing,)
New projects, especially when started around the new year, get me excited. I was nervous about trying my hand at blogging but ready to jump in and give a shot. A whole new area of my life was opening up and I couldn’t wait to see how being a blogger would affect my life. As the months have gone by I have continued to enjoy my blog but I have already had some ups and downs with my desire to keep the blog going. Yes, the honeymoon is over and now I am facing the reality of committing myself to blogging on a regular basis. The reality isn’t bad, but it is reality none the less. If I want to keep blogging, it is a commitment. Commitments take time and energy.
Fantasy Verses Reality
I imagine that most bloggers have similar fantasies of happily blogging away while thousands of people read their post marveling at their wit and brilliant insights. My fantasy writing persona is a combination of Jessica Fletcher ( from Murder,She Wrote) and Carrie Bradshaw ( from Sex in the City). An odd combination, I know. 🙂 Of course, as bloggers we all know the reality, but the fantasy is still there. I knew going into blogging that developing my own blogging style would take a while and followers would find me slowly over time. Developing a signature look for my blog would take even longer, possibly a couple of years since I haven’t quite settled on the look and feel I am going for on the site. I also knew promoting products,e-books, and all the things I see successful bloggers taking part in would be years off for me. I know thousands of new bloggers join the blogging community every day and we are all hoping to get noticed. Even so, I have to admit that developing an online presence and reaching out to a potential audience is much more difficult than I thought. I forget to add fresh content to my Facebook page and I am not a Tweeter by nature. Sometimes I get impatient to see greater results.
Something’s Gotta Give
I have been both blessed a cursed with the desire to learn and try new things in life along with many interests and passions.They all hold a special place in my life.Sometimes forget that if I bring something into my already busy schedule something else is going to have to be cut back or even cut out of my life. I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of time blogging was going to take out of my day. Evidently, I am somewhat of a slow thinker and writer. This week I realized that I was falling behind on several commitments, not giving 100% to others, and I had some major things to get taken care of before the 1st week of May, both for work and for an organization to which I belong. I could feel the wall caving in on me.
The Decision To Keep On Blogging
Why on earth would I want to commit to several hours of blogging a week with so much on my plate? Because it is a part of who I am at this point in my life. It has a meaning that touches my soul. Yes, I am going to have to re-think some of my priorities, hunker down and get some serious work done, and accept the fact that if I have five activities I love in my life, none of them are going to get as much attention as if I was focused on one activity I love. I am going to have accept this fact without guilt in order to be true to myself. I am going to keep on blogging and treat it as a 2nd career. A career that doesn’t pay at the moment, but a career never the less. That means I am committing myself to blogging on a regular basis, keeping involved in my blogging community, and continuing to learn and grow as a blogger.
Over the next couple of weeks I will share my thoughts specifically about blogging and my journey as a blogger. I hope to share my thoughts once a week. If you are a fellow blogger I would love feedback, as well as you thoughts and experiences on your blogging journey. If you are not a blogger I would still like to hear from you. Each of us sets goals for ourselves and we all have to deal with the reality of our choices after the euphoria of our initial first steps wears off.
The decision to become a blogger has been a great adventure, one that I love and has brought lots of joy into my life. I hope that by sharing my blogging journey I can not only keep my own momentum going but inspire all of you to keep perusing your dreams as well. 🙂
Until next time,