Adam and I were recently discussing our lack of posts on our blog. Between working full-time as a teacher and part time as a master’s degree student, I try not to beat my self up too much over lack of posts. Adam has a similar time commitment, just in reverse (full time PhD student, part time teacher). However, even with these time consuming responsibilities, we still feel guilty. Blog posts from the pros like this and this and this (and more) say blog often. In fact they all advise blogging a minimum of once a week. We average a post a month. If we’re lucky. Can you say blogging fail? Now with summer approaching, time is being put into both of our laps. Time helps. Of course, thinking that since you have “time” you are going to post more is a fallacy. I’ve been there. And so has Adam. So what is going to push us over the edge to start posting more? What do you think would help?
I am obviously not an expert, but I analyzed the areas of life where I am most productive and I have come to this conclusion. It is all about feeling obligated. Responsible. Accountable. (I’m trying to find the perfect word to describe the feeling I think I should have, but I’m at a loss.) Currently, I do not feel compelled to post to my blog regularly. It is a side thing, a hobby. Obligation, responsibility, and accountability seem incongruous with hobby. But passion can drive a hobby and lead you to accomplish great things. It is happened to me before (even if right now it feels fizzled). How do I begin to feel intrinsic motivation to blog? I decided I need to figure out why I wanted to blog in the first place.
My reasons to blog (a.k.a “Why I wanted to blog in the first place…”)
Looking at this list, I’m trying to find my spark of motivation. Surprisingly, Number 3 is really what is getting me going right now. Good writing evolves. The best writers write all the time. Every day. I don’t write every day! I can’t reach my goals if I am not working towards them. Adam and I both have writing a book on our bucket list (hehe, who doesn’t have writing a book on their bucket list these days!). I get a slight adrenaline high when I write. Ideas start flowing and it is a good feeling. That means there is positive reinforcement for writing. I definitely need to get into the habit of writing/posting. I think goals need to be said aloud (or in this case typed). I want to become a better writer. Ah, who am I kidding. I said it aloud too. I WANT TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER! Man, that feeling of accountability is growing.
I think if lesson number one of blogging 101 is “blog often” then potential bloggers need to analyze why they would want to blog often. Especially if they need a kick in the backside like me!