The first time I started a blog. I was super-elated, because I saw in it an opportunity. I never really knew what the opportunity was for me, but I knew — of course, it had to be an opportunity! It was the logical thing to do. Everybody was starting a blog; I did too! I even started getting tips on how to make some cool cash with it online.
The euphoria didn’t last for long. I began a frantic ride on the merry-go-round. I’d post on the blog, then I’d stop, and I’d post another, and then get stuck again. I never got tired of giving the blog a wide berth. You can be really smart with social media but consistency is the key in whatever you do.
Like I said in my previous post, Get On With Your First Draft, you have to find the knife before you can twist it.
I finally realised what the problem really was. And I believe the lesson I learned is worth sharing.
Good intentions should make very good qualifiers but really, the reverse is almost always the case. Having a blog is a fantastic idea but you have to understand that not every chance is yours. You don’t have to jump at every opportunity. When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. You can abuse your writing skill just as much as you can abuse drugs and everything else. It is one thing to acknowledge your gift and do all you have to do to sharpen your rough edges, adding a sense of purpose to it is another. Find strong reasons, and ‘hows?’ become simple. What makes a ‘how?’ hard is lack of a strong ‘why?’
Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people — that’s okay — but when you find your voice you’d know your theme. It is also okay to spread your wings and diversify, it is also important for you to carve out your niche and see the big picture.
Whether you’re writing a book or managing a blog or bothered with meeting deadlines, the reason you get stuck constantly is most likely because something has gone amiss deep down, you just can’t explain it.
Your work needs to follow a vision.
Where there is no vision, there is no discipline. Find your niche and stay with it. Follow your blueprint. The goal is never to live forever, why would anyone want to do that anyway? It is to create something that will.