This blog has been around for over a year. You wouldn’t know it based on the random posts I used to do. I would post like a fiend for a couple weeks, then drop off the grid for a month or two. I’ve wanted to write for years. I still do. Blogging gave me a platform to live out my dreams without having to write a novel (which is freaking scary to me). I love blogging so much, but you would never know. How can someone who loves it write so little?
It was all about paralysis and the planning trap. Once a post is published, it’s out there for anyone to see. Millions of people have access to love it, hate it, or completely ignore it. Knowing this creates a sense of urgency to generate material that will blow people’s minds. I set the standard way too high. Who can compete with blowing people’s minds every single day?
So I started planning. I came up with ideas. I read books. I wrote out detailed outlines about these noteworthy topics. Then I would toss them because they weren’t mind-blowingly worthy. I spent so much time planning and did so little writing. I used the process to hide from what I loved. For over a year this occurred. I would get what I thought was a great idea, so I would blog about it for a few days or weeks. Then the well would just dry up, and the planning would start anew.
Recently, I decided it was time to write about the things that I found interesting. Surely there would be a few like-minded people that would give me a shot. It has made all the difference in the world. The ideas are flowing because I’m not trying to blow people’s minds. The keyboard is being used because I spend ten minutes planning my blogs for the week, giving me not only focus but also plenty of time to sit and write. Planning had become a way to hide from blogging. I couldn’t blog because I had to finish reading a book that I wanted to review. I couldn’t blog because I had to organize this room so I could take a picture. I couldn’t blog because I needed to have an entire month planned out first. Once I took a look at the facts (I was hiding and I should be blogging because I love it), the pressure lifted, ideas came to me, and I was able to significantly cut down my planning time.
We all blog in the hopes that someone will read it and enjoy what we’re putting out there. But in my desire to gain readers, I had forgotten that I started blogging because I just had things to say. Now I’m saying them.
Don’t fall into the planning rut. Just tell us what you want to share without fear.