Aside from procrastination and time management, one of the most common topics of conversation between me and my life coach has been blogging.
Yes, blogging. How could something this simple be the source of so much angst?
And yet it is. Most people who create blogs and update them regularly will agree on one thing–they’re an awful lot of work.
Take this blog, for instance. Most of my posts are between 500 and 800 words long, and I’ve written nearly 500 of them. If we go for a conservative average and say I post 600 words each time, that’s 300,000 words–enough for three really long novels!
And that’s not even counting the comments on other blogs, promotion, and comment replies. Oy vey! It’s enough to make one’s head spin.
Especially if you’re a writer. When your dream is to write fiction, chances are you have more ideas than time. You sacrifice many things to get those books written and (hopefully) into the public eye. If you’re going to give up three novels worth of time, creativity, and sweat for blogging, there’d better be a pay off.
So what is the pay off?
I decided at the inception of this blog not to monetize it. I wanted it to be one of the only places on the Net where people would not get hit in the face by advertising. Perhaps that was a stupid decision, but so far I have no desire to change it.
During one of my last calls with her, my life coach asked a question that made everything click into place.
“What exactly is the purpose of your blog?”
Good question. I told her that my blog is a journey. It started to be about fighting in the ring and getting published, but now that I’ve accomplished the first goal, the journey has changed. Now it’s about moving to an island paradise in 2016 and getting published. (Getting published seems to provide the consistency here.)
“I would never have known that from reading your posts,” she said.
Ouch. But I realized she was right. Ever since I fought back in November 2011 (Gleep! Where does the time go?) my blog has lost its focus. It’s become a hodgepodge of personal observations, life events, Q & As, inspiring interviews, and blog challenges. In short, it’s a bit of a mess.
Not everyone wants to be a published author. (Thank God! There’s enough competition already.) And not everyone wants to move to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. But I honestly believe that there is something of merit in these personal journeys for almost anyone, no matter their goals or aspirations.
Starting next week, I’ll be taking you on these journeys with me. On Mondays, I’ll share how making a BIG move–literally, figuratively, and metaphorically–really is possible, one step at a time. And on Wednesdays, we’ll explore the challenges and triumphs of someone who is desperately trying to follow her calling.
Fridays will continue to be reserved for fiction until all of Lost has been posted. If there’s a huge milestone reached or other exciting personal news not directly related to my journeys, I may share them in an extra post.
I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me. One thing I can promise you–it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Do you write a blog? If so, what’s your reason for it? Have you ever become disillusioned? What kept you going?