When it comes to blogging, at first glance it all seems to be very exciting. You’re sitting down with your laptop pulled out. Take your first sip of coffee and before you know it you’ve written your first blog. Simple right?
After publishing a couple more blogs you soon begin to get the hang of publishing regularly. You’ve picked out your niche, set up a content calendar for yourself and you’re ready to rock n’ roll. Then life hits ya.
Writing Takes Time
Blogging isn’t a simple thing and many bloggers have had many years of practice before they were able to stay consistent. As a matter of fact, blogging can be quite a time-consuming task. If you don’t set aside a normal time for yourself dedicated to just writing then it’s pretty easy to fall off the bandwagon. Trust me, I’ve been there quite a lot this year.
The amount of time it takes you to write a single blog isn’t as simple as it may first seem. Just like a high-school paper you’d first have to not only know but understand what it is you’re writing about. Some of these papers may require additional research but the time it takes to get from a rough draft to a final draft varies drastically. Writing a perfect paper takes time just like crafting the perfect post would.
You Need To Be Inspired
This is arguably but inspiration is also a big factor when it comes to blogging. If you’re blogging because you are passionate about the topic you’ve chosen then you have a lot of inspiration to draw from. Being inspired is what helps drive out different kind of blog posts. Not every blog you write will be based on inspiration but inspiration does give you a nice jump start. Many bloggers on the internet blog because they are passionate about their niche and draw inspiration from it almost every day.
Imagine trying to write a 10-page research paper about something that doesn’t interest you at all. Doesn’t sound fun, does it? At the end of the day though no matter how much time you set aside for yourself or how inspired you to feel, life does always find a way to sneak up on you.
Distractions Can Happen
Distractions can happen and that’s okay! Not everything will go according to plan sometimes but that’s how life works. No matter how much planning you’ve done things can still go wrong. It’s impossible for us to plan every possible outcome which can add an increase in difficulty with managing our time and setting aside some to write. Which leads me to my next point.
Blogging May Not Be Your #1 Priority
If blogging is not your #1 priority, writing and publishing regularly is a lot easier said than done. Your time is divided amongst higher priority things and by the time you get to the blogging portion you may be too burnt out and call it a day. Compared to crafting a piece of writing for the internet to read for their own pleasure and amusement there may be more important things going on in your head. These priorities can shift around on daily bases and it makes it easier to forget the lower priority items.
Don’t Get Discouraged
If you are living a busy life or find yourself with little free-time to blog, don’t get discouraged. I’ve given you a little insight on why blogging regularly is difficult but by no means am I right. Every writer is different and they each have their own unique experiences, this just happens to be mine. If you’re a new writer, or a writer already, and you find yourself saying a lot of the same things as I have then it’s time for a change.
Instead of spending the extra five minutes before bed watching YouTube videos why not pull out a pen paper and plan out your content calendar? Setting aside even 5 minutes each day makes a big difference. If you’re feeling uninspired start asking yourself why? Are you tired of blogging? Are you no longer passionate about your niche? Or is it the medium that’s boring you? You don’t just have to blog. There are other forms of media as well. Read other people’s blog to generate some ideas. Get inspired!