Thoughts on Blogging Part 9
The last three months have been problematic from a writing perspective and my productivity and motivation have both suffered. I struggle to find appropriate time to sit down and apply myself to writing and when I do, I seldom have the correct mindset to stay focused for long. Yet due to the back catalogue of content available on Contains Moderate Peril, there is still regular traffic coming to the site. Ironically, despite my low productivity, I have started receiving an increase in blog related marketing and have received numerous emails regarding “collaboration”, “featured posts” and “SEO optimisation”. All of which I have no interest in. However, the point remains, I’m not writing as much as I used to and I miss it. The same can be said for podcasting but that’s a tougher problem to fix. It is more labour intensive than writing, so the logical thing to do is to focus on the former and not the latter to fix.
Fortunately, Belghast over at Tales from the Aggronaut recently announced Blaugust 2019; a yearly festival of blogging designed to bring together and encourage new or lapsed bloggers. It’s a great opportunity for people like myself to renew our motivation and get back into the writing saddle, so to speak. The event also provides a practical forum for people to share information along with their personal experiences and to help and support each other. It also offers a timely reminder that long form writing and the art of essay writing is far from dead, despite what some members of the internet commentariat would have you believe. If you’ve ever thought about blogging, podcasting, live streaming or generally creating some form of online content, then you’ll find encouragement via Blaugust 2019. There’s plenty of time to get ready as activities don’t start till the 28th of July.
Now I don’t know about you, but I am far more likely to let myself down, as opposed to other people. If I set myself a goal or a deadline and I fail to achieve it, I’m far more accepting of it as the only person who has been incommoded by my actions is me. However, if I make a commitment to someone else or group, I honour such undertakings due to all my cultural and emotional baggage. It’s just something ingrained in me like being on time or saying please and thank you. Hence, I have agreed to participate in Blaugust 2019, not only as a contributor but as a mentor as well. The net result will be that I’ll take part in the entire event and write something every day for the duration. As a result I have already started drafting blog posts and provisionally planning a publishing schedule.
I have watched several videos on You Tube recently about learning, organisational skills and applying yourself to your hobby or pastime. However, despite a lot of good practical advice, most ultimately state that there simply comes a point where if you want to succeed in what you are doing, you have to “just do it”. Now that may sound a little glib, underwhelming and too similar to Nike’s awful corporate branding mantra but there it is, an undeniable reality for those with a rational mind. So I’m going to try and abide by this statement of the obvious and get back into the habit of just sitting down and writing. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare or reinvent the wheel. Writing is primarily an expression of ourself and I’d rather do it to some degree, than not at all. Roll on Blaugust 2019.