A lot of bloggers seem to feel there’s a blogging slump going on – maybe because it’s summer, people are on vacation, it’s too nice to be inside in front of the computer. Whatever the reason, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs bemoaning blogger’s block, blogger ennui, blogger boredom. On the other hand I’ve also been reading a lot of kick-ass blogs (more about that later).
So, I thought it might be interesting to think about the reasons we took up blogging in the first place, why we keep doing it and how we keep motivated. (And maybe, just maybe, in the process we’ll become re-inspired?)
Me, I started blogging because I thought it would be a good way to get rid of organize all the stupid stuff that rolls around in my head. It helps keep me sort of sane.
Some people find blogging therapeutic in deeper ways and tell the blog stuff they feel they can’t tell anyone else. Or ask for advice about issues in their lives that can’t be discussed with people too close to them.
I don’t delve into a lot of personal stuff on my blog. Mainly because my personal life is pretty boring. Blogging is still theraputic for me in other ways. For one thing, it’s good to write something fun regularly to offset all the stupid stuff I have to write.
Way at the top of the list has to be the connections I make with a bunch of strangers all over the universe the earth North America (and maybe one or two other places). I love finding new blogs to read and having people read my stuff. I especially love other people’s comments and starting a bit of a dialogue with them.
The dialogue is important to me which is why I always comment on the comments. That way the post becomes more of a conversation than just me dumping some stuff on a page and people agreeing or not agreeing with it.
And, I learn a hell of a lot of stuff from other bloggers. Everything from where to get a good burger to how to jump start your digestive system to why not to wax your chocha before an important date.
Blogging gives a new dimension to almost everything in day-to-day life. It’s not a huge thing, but whatever I read or do or hear or experience always now has a tiny, almost unconscious element of “I wonder if I could blog about this?”
I’ve met people through blogging. And, as interesting as reading people’s blogs is, meeting the bloggers in real life is even more interesting. Meeting fellow bloggers adds a whole new twist to your own blogging.
In the same vein, some people I’ve known in real life from before I started blogging, read my blog, but don’t blog themselves. In some ways that’s a bit restrictive because you can’t blog about them even when they do something insanely bloggable. In other ways, though, it’s also fun because you get to talk to them about blogs and blogging in ways that you can’t with other bloggers.
What keeps me motivated to keep blogging is me. If it got to be a chore or too much work or boring, I’d stop. I did stop for a few months at the beginning of the year because I had a lot of other stuff going on and I just didn’t have the time or energy left over to blog. But I missed it and came crawling back.
There are times when I can’t think of anything to blog about, so I just go about my business and wait for something to spark and idea. Or I read other blogs or go through newspapers or magazines or just going for a long walk. Somewhere along the line an idea is usually pops up. Not always a good one, but something. And if not, I just don’t blog that day.