- You see potential posts everywhere. Anything and everything you do becomes something that you might want to post about. There are days when I see something interesting, like a particularly evocative photo, or an article about a music festival, and my first thought is “I want to blog about that.”
Of course, ask me how often that actually happens.
Writing on topic can be tricky, when your blog has a particular theme or audience. I know food bloggers who want to write about their music tastes, but they find that they have difficulty doing that on the designated “food” blog, or book bloggers who want to write about food but feel restricted to talking about books. Which leads me to my second point.
- Sometimes, you don’t post as much as you want to.
Maybe it’s a result of something like point 1: You’ve got stuff to write about but it’s not relevant (for me this happens when I’ve been writing fiction-y things like books, which don’t make sense for this non fiction blog), or maybe you simply don’t have time to write.
For me, it’s usually some combination of those two. But either way—sometimes, like now, I’ve gone a solid month or two between posts, and I feel really guilty about it, because I know I’m losing readers, and that people probably think I’ve fallen off the face of the internet. But also, I really do miss writing the way I do here—frank, open, and honest. Which brings up point 3…
- You will find yourself settling into your “blogging voice.”
I’ve been blogging for almost two years, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my voice shifts every time I pick up a new genre. And honestly, despite the fact that I like the fiction form the best, I think I like my blogging voice the best. This is the place where I can be honest, real, and up-front about topics and themes that truly matter to me. This is the closest I get to my speaking voice, and the best part is, I don’t have to write in someone else’s head. I don’t have any autobiographical characters—this blog, and the version of me that I present on here, is about as close as it gets.
- You will discover that some of your friends, or even just acquaintances, read your blog. And that experience is really freaking weird.
I tend to convince myself sometimes that I’m just writing to the ubiquitous “audience,” or to people who have never met me in real life, or who maybe know who I am in real life but do not connect it to the on-screen, in-words version of me.
Buuuut… that’s just blatantly not true.
Every once in a while, one of my friends will say something along the lines of OMG you have a blog!!! I just found it, and I followed it and now I’m gonna read it! And every time, I have no idea how to respond. On the one hand, I’m thankful for the readership. On the other… well, I blog about some stuff that I rarely talk about, because some topics are controversial or a little political, and I’m vocal when I write about it. But I don’t talk about it, because talking makes arguing much easier. Whereas when I’m writing, I can think about what I’m going to say, how to frame it inoffensively, and how someone else might respond to it. Knowing that people I know are reading those thought-out, well-considered pieces makes it a little more difficult to post them, because I worry about the in-person backlash that I might receive.
- But the amount of support and open friendliness is astonishing, and truly wonderful.
I have said it before and I will say it again—the blogging community is incredible. I have friends—close friends—who I would barely know without blogging. There are people who I vaguely know, but without the fact that we both write on the internet, I would never have guessed that we had anything in common. These are the people with whom I will talk about potential posts, or other people’s posts, or really anything at all (blogging or non-) at any hour of the day or night. And we all know someone who knows someone else who is friends with one of us, and it’s all interconnected and leads to deep and definite warm fuzzies. When I post something deep and heartfelt, these are the people immediately there with support. When I post something funny, they’re the ones who message me 5 seconds after I post with a million “lol”s and emojis. Love you all ❤
- Blogging becomes a way of life.
Even when I don’t post much, I always come back. I have started other online accounts, and then posted maybe once every six months, and neglected all of my friends on them. But WordPress is the one I always come back to. When I don’t post, I feel guilty. So I post. When I do post, it makes me remember why I love to write on here. And all five of the elements are what make this cycle go round.