Things That Make Blogging Dreary: Yeah! I Said That.


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To Blog or To Wash

There are day’s that I equate blogging with the boring class of washing dishes or clothes. These two are not my favourite house chores and I am yet to meet anyone who’s ecstatic about them.

Why no good fellow has thought it wise to create an elegant and smart gadget that removes the clothes after a wash, irons, folds them and puts them away nicely is a question that I ask from time to time. Now that’s a good manufacturing idea for someone to tinker around with.

You might wonder why I put blogging in the same group with housework. Okay, it’s not every day that blogging falls into that status, there are days that I do find it exciting, especially when I feel my brain cells swell with knowledge, however, here are my reasons.

Blogging’s Dreary Parts

Blogging requires dedication.

Blogging requires plugging away at it week after week just like those house chores that always materialize from thin air. You simply can’t run away from doing it to keep it going consistently.

Blogging takes time and flattens your gluteus maximus.

I keep imagining that all the hours spent sitting on my glutes instead of primping and plumping them up must have its’ side effects. Some days I feel as though my bum is getting a square shape from all the hours of sitting.

Housework takes time and sets my teeth on edge.

Starting up a blog and keeping it going takes up time. You start writing a quick post and several hours later, you are still nowhere near the end of what you want to write.

The trick here is to having as many drafts as possible in your folder to help you on the days that you don’t have all the time to spare. You could also consider renting a freelance writer if it’s essential.

To succeed in blogging, you need a plan.

No, you can’t fly by the seat of your pants and expect to make it work. Not having a plan is a good recipe for not succeeding as you would like.

I find this rather annoying. Why can’t we just write and the World queues up to read the golden drops of brilliance from our revered stations as writers?

On the other hand, developing a work plan to grow your blog is not difficult, but the crucial aspect is to stick to it.

That’s the magic wand. Create a workable plan. Stick to the plan.

You need oodles and oodles for patience.  

You took all that precious time, wrote that fabulous post of yours with your life’s blood used as ink. You edited, polished and edited it again, then you hit the publish button. Hours, Days, Weeks, squeak…no one is reading it. You could have probably used that time to bake several loaves of bread, you mutter.

Why is no one reading it? You could have sworn that your article is a piece vying for a Pulitzer, but the truth is that starting out your blogging journey is lonely and readers take their time to latch on.

Your mother and possibly your sister who you coerced with pancakes from IHOP’s are the only ones’ reading it and there are days that they may forget to cheer for you.

Don’t Quit

Whatever the case is, don’t stop blogging. Don’t quit on your blog.

People have many reasons for not blogging. Some worry about exposing their vulnerability as one of their reasons.

For me, no matter how square my bum gets or as dreary as plugging away on the blog might become, I would choose to do it over and over. It’s a faithfully satisfying love affair.

So tell me, what’s your dreary reason?

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I am Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha. A freelance writer, author and serial blogger. I am a passionate life enthusiast, a peoples' person who loves to read, write and tell stories. I love the art of photography and how a single image tells many stories. My driving objective is not only to achieve my creative goals and full potentials but to hopefully serve and inspire others who are equally on the same quest as I. Connect with me on social media. I would love to hear from you.

17 Comments

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    Like you I love blogging. I did have a brief period where I became too wrapped up in it though and had to take a break. I was comparing myself unfavourably to other blogs in a similar vein and felt myself lacking , so I tried to do more and more, and try thinking of new things.I ended up burning myself out as I was putting far too much pressure on myself to be more successful!

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      That comparison bug has bitten me severally and I learnt the hard way. Once I start running after those goals I become miserable, irritable and it simply won’t work. Now I just do the one’s that my heart feels happy to do and that gives me utmost satisfaction.

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    Yes, it requires a great deal of dedication! I don’t often feel like it’s as bad as laundry… but there are times…

    I can’t tell you how many articles written, edited, sweated over, hit publish and watched fall flat. I think the hardest part for me is the “promoting.” It took awhile before I felt comfortable getting people to check out the blog via Facebook and twitter. Even now, I cringe when I post to social media, but I know that’s the only way the articles will reach my targeted audience. I’ve done lots of homework and I’m still squirming about creating an email list and ebook. I don’t want it to be about me, but the ideas. I’m getting there, it’s just taking some mental gymnastics. Love reading your posts Jacqueline! Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Promoting is a huge challenge, Elihu. Sometimes, it makes one feel uncomfortable but I’m learning to keep my goals in front of my face and just do the bit that I can. We’ve got to keep pushing because the truth is that we all put in so much work into this because we love what we are doing. It’s a step at a time, but I believe you’ll definitely get there.

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    I will do it again and again. But why aren’t people reading as much I expect them to? It can get overwhelming on the blogosphere, but I find reason every now and then to just relax.

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    Hello 🙂 I am writing my blog to deal with my feelings of suddenly losing my hearing in my left ear. I’m finding that writing everything down is therapeutic and I also want to be able to read my posts in the future (hopefully feeling a bit better by then) and realize how far I’ve come with dealing with my illness. I also think that its great to know that you have produced something and published it in a blog post, for the whole world to see (well in theory!) – although, like you mentioned not many people read my writing – maybe one day I’ll have a few more followers 😛

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      The followers would surely come with time. I also find writing cathartic and healing. Sometimes, I read sometime I wrote before and marvel at where the thoughts came from. It’s a very rewarding exercise. Thank you for reading 🙂

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