Apart from possessing the ability to churn out fresh content by the week, responding to comments on a timely basis, blog-hopping consistently, and of course, spreading love in the community, there are a few other things that a blogger needs to understand and I seem to lack in those.
I used to think that I was a kick-ass blogger. I don’t now.
Well, let’s find out:
🌸The Power of Habit
I made a post last year – titled – “What makes a Good Blogger”
I followed every single point I made in it. But THEN, because of JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DIFFICULTY – I let it all go down the drain – MONTHS OF HARD WORK – all went away! Just like that.
Ugh. Me and my hypocrite self.
The point is, when I had that accident and decided to take a little break from blogging, I didn’t know what effect it would have on my habit of writing every day, one that I had had a LOT of difficulties cultivating in the first place.
We fickle human beings fail to recognize a little fact – our mind is ALWAYS trying to find ways to go back to being a lazy-ass dump of nerves. You can’t argue with that! 🤣
And when you decide to take those – unplanned breaks – you give it THE PERFECT AMMUNITION TO LIGHT THE FIRE IN YOU LIFE – burning the good habits (that you took a LOT of time to form) to the ground.
Well, do you disagree?! DO YA?!
But hey, that’s not to say that we can never take breaks. It’s just that there is an art to it, one that needs learning.
🌸The Art of Taking Breaks
WITHOUT ruining your habits, I should add.
As I said, the mind is a lazy-ass fuck who keeps yearning to go back to his old ways of procrastination and laziness.
And we need to find a way to tread that sensitive ground with care. Think Katniss trying to hop her way around those mines to blow up all the ammunition. 🤷🏻♀️
So, it all comes down to this: Finding time to make sure you are engaging in writing at least a few minutes EVERY DAY – it can be just a little paragraph – but you do it daily.
When you’ll do it every day, going back to blogging won’t seem THAT MUCH OF A MONSTER TASK – because you’ll have tidbits of content at your fingertips – ready to be converted into full-blown posts should you feel the need.
And that’s EXACTLY what I need to learn as well. Boop.
🌸Visit Your Blog Regularly
Yes. Okay, I know, I know. This one seems irrelevant. But, hear me out, alright?
Whatever’s in front of your eyes on a regular basis becomes the dominant thought of your mind, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s the principle that will be activated when you form the habit of regularly visiting your blog – yes, even on hiatuses.
Just visit it. Don’t interact with anyone if you don’t want to. Don’t reply to comments yet, if you don’t feel like it. Don’t comment on others’ posts if you’d rather wait until you are officially back.
BUT, visit your blog regularly nonetheless. Because by doing that:
• You’ll keep reminding yourself what absolute fun blogging actually is and how much you love it.
• You’ll also be reminded of how much effort you’ve put into it so far and what a waste it would be if you were to abandon it all of a sudden.
And both of those realizations will keep you from falling into laziness and inactivity.
They surely would have helped me had I visited my blog regularly. And I am sure it’ll help you as well.
Okay, this is an extension of the last point but I think it’s too important not to repeat:
You must NEVER – under ANY circumstance – forget all the hard work that goes into maintaining the blog.
You put other things on hold to make your blog the prettiest, the coolest, the wittiest, the BESTEST!
And all that work goes to waste if you stop giving attention to it all of a sudden. I mean, it’s like a house. A house becomes a home when you clean it every day, decorate it in your likeness, make sure that it reflects YOUR personality, your likes, and dislikes, YOUR habits.
BUT that same cozy and comfortable home turns into a cold and unwelcoming structure of bricks when you stop living in it, stop giving attention to it – doesn’t it?
Well, the same thing happens with our blog as well. It needs a similar kind of nurture and care – and that too REGULARLY.
🌸Keep in mind the people that you leave behind.
It isn’t only about writing and getting comments, is it? Blogging is also about the wonderful and welcoming community – those friends that you make, that confidence that you build with them, their faith in you, and your faith in yourself.
Remember how much time it took you to form that?
Well, don’t leave THEM behind just because you couldn’t keep your wandering mind under a leash. THEY are the ones who make your blogging experience so fucking wholesome and fulfilling.
And you’d do well to remember that before you decide to leave your blog – a child of your mind – unattended the next time.
Yes, I AM TALKING TO YOU RAIN! ️ I swear to god you can be so fucking difficult sometimes. UGH!
Well, I hope that these few points will help you as I am sure they’d have helped ME as well before I decided to fall into that same cycle of procrastination.
Until next time,