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I’ve been struggling a lot with writing lately. I went 2 full weeks without writing a single thing; logging in, looking at my drafts, finding absolutely no motivation or inspiration to write anything. Making more excuses. “It’s been a week already, what’s one more day?” So I just didn’t write anything and it was a constant nagging in the back of my mind the entire time. Life has just been killing me lately, and I just haven’t been able to make time for writing. Work has been stressful. Life in general has just been hectic. I’ve been making excuses or doing something else that doesn’t require as much brain power, like vegging out in front of the TV, decompressing after a long day. But I have to stop making excuses.
Ultimately, I’m psyching myself out. I tell myself that what I have to say doesn’t really matter; “I’m not making any money or putting any money into it. Will it really be that bad if I just don’t write for awhile? Will anyone notice?” And I’ll tell you that yes, it does matter and people do notice. I’ve had quite a few people over the past two weeks who’ve reached out and said some really inspiring things about my writing. And I won’t tell you that I’ve let them down or anything like that, but I have let myself down. I’ve hurt my chances before I’ve even started. I’ve talked myself into letting it be okay to not get motivated or inspired to write. I’ve told myself that no one will read it anyway, so why does it matter.
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There are blog posts where I’m lucky if 25 people open my links. And then there are blog posts where 300 people look at it and 10 people comment on it and 20 more RT and share it with everybody else and my Tweet actually reaches 2,000 people and 20 more people comment on the Tweet on Twitter. There are plenty of days where no one wants to hear what I have to say about certain things. But then there are days where everybody wants to hear what I have to say. There may even be days where someone NEEDS to read what I have to say, and I’ll never know it if I give up. It just depends on what I’m writing about. And I have all the control over that.
I may not have the knowledge; I cannot predict how my blog post will do. I may not know if someone else has already written that blog post or something similar. I’ll never be able to predict that, but I can’t let that stop me, and you can’t either. I don’t know if my readers want to read about what I have to say about temper tantrums. But I also don’t know if maybe someone might read it and it might change the way they go about their day.
And when my blog posts flop, it sucks; I won’t lie to you. I worry and fret over it from every single angle; did I do something wrong? Did I post it at the wrong time of day? Was it a bad post? There are so many variables that affect the success of a single blog post, but I can’t let any of the stop me from writing, and a lot of the time I do. You can’t dwell on that, because it will stop you from posting anything else. If you get hung up on a flop blog post, that let down will keep you from writing in the future.
Don’t discourage yourself from writing. My biggest problem when I think about what to write is worrying about whether or not someone else has written something similar. I ask myself, why should I write that? Someone else has probably already written about that, and a bunch of people have probably already seen it. Why would someone read my blog when there are 100 others blog posts out there about the same thing?
You want to know why you should write that blog post? You want to know why there are millions of artists and writers and chefs and dancers and millions of every profession everywhere? Because everyone has a different taste, and everyone does something differently than the next person and someone who knows of one kind of art may have no idea about someone else’s art or expertise. It’s the same with writing. The person who reads your blog post has probably never read the exact same thing somewhere else because the chances of them having that same person in their network are so slim. The chances that they are in the audience to that person you have never met who might have written a similar view on the same subject? They’re microscopic. And if it happens, so what? You can’t let that stop you. I can’t let that stop me, and I do let it stop me way too often.
Anyone in a creative hobby or career path must pave their own way in this world. Their network of people or followers or readers is going to be completely different than your’s. They will have followed a completely different path to success than you will. You’ll come across a whole host of other different people. Sure, someone may have written about that DIY mom project, but the chances that your audience has seen it? Slim. Maybe a good chance, even. But if you’re a good writer, you’ll end up writing something completely different and it’ll be written in a completely different voice. Your readers may take away something completely different reading your post, so long as you don’t copy someone else’s work word for word.
So go ahead; write that post. Your audience may have never read anything like it ever before. And they may need it, more than you could ever know. And they may just be waiting for you to write it and share it with them.
As always blogging momma friends, keep on loving those little ones like only you know how and this week take a chance and write that blog post you keep putting back on the shelf. I hope you have a great, productive, inspiration filled week ahead of you!