The trouble with blogging is, you need to have something to say. Ok, there are always things that can be said, but finding those things that need to be said, or have not been said by others ten times a day for the past few months is where the key to success lies.
Personally, I have spells. Periods where every idea I have seems to form some post or another, but then I have other periods; barren spells that leave me floating adrift of everything and everyone like a ship in the middle of the doldrums. Running low on supplies and with nothing but the concept to keep me company.
Blogging is a platform, for some a soapbox, from which they will preach their views and force us to either accept them or to comment in retaliation. I have grown kind of adept at spotting these blogs now. Yet I am constantly surprised at how many I find. Maybe I am just naive in the ways of the web.
People always say write what you know, and for me that applies to any form of writing. My problem is that when I boil it down, I don’t really know anything. Not to the extent whereupon I could write about it.
I am not educated or trained in any specific area, I do not read enough to be able to participate in discussions over literature. I may be able to hold my own in a discussion over Stephen King but that it about it.
I watch movies, but know I am to kind with my words to ever make a good reviewer, and am not the sort of person who can reel off a certain directors movies and trivia items with nothing more than a casual ‘did you know’.
I could blog about my children, there I have endless stories to tell, but that doesn’t fit the theme I am trying to build with this blog, and certainly doesn’t mix with my writing in terms of subject or genre.
Once I have something to talk about I have plenty to say, it is just getting to that point which causes the trouble.
Maybe I could examine myself a bit more, but that would open up a can of insecure and neurotic worms that nobody needs to see.
I am not saying I will give up, or that I am even contemplating such an act, but rather this is something that I feel needed to be said.
I see other people blogging and guest posting, while I can barely keep up with a three times a week posting schedule on my own site. I saw one author whose blog tour was about to begin and had over 250 unique stops scheduled. I got scared just reading about it, let alone contemplating actually doing something of that size myself. Although maybe a blog tour and the posts that comprise it are possibly a different story than the regular posts one puts on their own site. What do you think?
So tell me everybody, what do you struggle with when it comes to your writing? Blogging or novels it doesn’t matter, all confessions are welcome.
Thanks for reading