Love your blog or abandon ship. That’s the rule of the game. The secret commandment of the blogosphere. It’s the rule of anything we do in life. If your passion ain’t in it then its somewhere else. How many bloggers do you come across who publish posts in random spurts over some long period. I must admit I have been guilty of this myself. I have started a number of blogs which fizzled out. This is actually my fourth blog. Two of my previous blogs simply died because either I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to appear on the blog or I lost interest in what I had started. The latter is a sadder way of ending things but it happens to a lot of us. Fortunately, I don’t plan on having the same happen to this one. Besides, what’s stopping me from writing till eternity?
At the end of the day whether you’re a blogger, author, journalist, scriptwriter or poet whatever you write must reflect you. You have to put yourself in there. Sometimes I write stuff that sounds a bit complex hoping that some complex mind out there will read it. Sometimes they do, sometimes they do not. For me its the ones that do that count.
Holding back your writing voice, is the quickest way to killing your blog. I recall a time when I would cancel an entire blog post just because I was afraid what people might think. You don’t wanna do that unless you’re Stephen King or J.K Rowling. At that point, you’re probably in a better position to judge what flies and what doesn’t. When you start out and you are trying to build your audience any feedback is good feedback. So any writing is good writing as long as it captures your talent and showcases the best you could have put into the post. If there isn’t any feedback, then the feedback is that you are not really giving it your best shot. That’s what you need to focus on. Rewrite something, try something new like a photo post, an interview or even a poem, connect with other bloggers…
Artists crave attention. Sometimes its your own attention that you might enjoy. Reading through a recently published post can tell you a lot about your writing. As they say, you are your own best critic. Eventually, it could become boring and redundant to write for your own pleasure only. You want to express yourself to others and not just yourself. That’s where relationships come in. How can you relate to what people want to know. What’s your take on it? There is always an angle. Could be you don’t have any stand on a matter. That’s a stand. Write about it. Why don’t you have a stand on something. I have personally always wanted to write about how reclusive most tech blogs can be. Controversial? Maybe, but if you have a very objective way of laying out your opinion, you’re more likely to win the audience.
At the end of the day, successful blogs are a result of passion. With passion, you do it coz it’s what you WANT to do. Without it, you do it coz it’s what you MUST do, which leaves out a lot of useful activity.