As a blogger sometimes I wonder what to write about….especially when it’s for a campaign like the Write Tribe‘s Exciting October Daily writing challenge. I mean it’s hard to write about yourself all the time because who really is interested in whether you spent the night tossing and turning? Whether you had a dreamless sleep? Whether your maid ditched you at the last moment? Whether your cake flopped? Whether you achieved your life time goal of getting up and going for a 5 km walk ?
Writing a blog especially one that is personal is difficult because one has to be engaging, amusing, entertaining and informative. But how many of us are really experts that we can speak with authority on anything? It is also difficult to write about oneself without turning into a braggart or a bore. Both are equally deplorable though I suppose a braggart will at least raise eyebrows rather than a bore who will only encourage yawns.
“Writing is the easiest part of blogging “
~ Vidya Sury
Connecting with all the wonderful bloggers out there made me realise how inadequate my blogging skills were and how rudimentary my blog. Everyone else’s blogs seem to be better in terms of content and composition. Yes, I know Corinne in your latest post you said you were tired of keeping up with the blogging Joneses but it is hard not to see green when you see other bloggers blog effortlessly. How do they manage those clever headlines? How do they manage that engaging copy? How do they get the perfect graphics? And finally how do they get the time to do it all?
So last week I reached out to Vidya Sury and shared my blogging woes. Her advice was to reach out through social media, work on my blogs in terms of planning, taking original photographs, linking with relevant blogs and then ultimately just write because writing is the easiest part of blogging.
I didn’t really buy that story till I found that yes indeed, writing can be the easiest part because planning a blog especially one to follow a meme or a theme does require some thinking. Taking photographs that are artistic and relevant is another job that requires time and effort. One has to keep an eye out for the perfect photograph.
Then if one wants to link posts, one has to read and scout around for related articles.
Finally what is most difficult is fitting all this in a busy day. Somehow everyday life has the knack of knocking on your door just when you are getting in the groove. The bell will ring or the phone will ring or someone will call out for your help/assistance in finding something totally inconsequential. But then as we go to answer the call of the bell or the call of duty, the moment of inspiration is past and once again we sit back in front of the computer, trying to recall that wonderful sentence that just set the tone for your wonderful blog post!
This post is linked to Write Tribe’s ProBlogger Challenge