Does it ever feel like blogging is just a different way of flogging yourself?
I would not be surprised if you felt that way. There’s nothing easy about it because writing can be tough. However, treating blogging like an excercise does wonders, even if it’s a flogging exercise.
The challenge is exercising without intimidating yourself.
Just about every great writer will encourage you to write every day which is great advice. The trick is to remind yourself that that you are exercising to help yourself.
Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means.
Source: Harvard Health Publications
It does not matter what the exercise is. What matters is that exercise helps. The more often you exercise, the more you help yourself.
Exercise daily and it gets easier.
Whether it is doing pushups or making pizza or writing, you eventually get the hang of it after doing it on a daily basis.
Even blogging is a form of writing. I think one of the biggest issues with blogging every day is that blogging comes with an inherent implication that you must publish your post.
That’s not true.
Even one of the most brilliant blogger slash writer agrees with this.
Don’t publish everything you write, but the more you write, the more you have to choose from.
Source: Seth Godin
After I discovered a few tricks, I started writing at least 30 minutes a day on my local site. This system allows me to:
- Go all over the map with writing.
- Publish locally without cluttering your reading experience.
- Remove all forms of intimidation (both externally and internally)
- Allow my writing to simmer to see if they are tasty enough to publish.
- Decide whether my writing fits my blog themes or not.
By writing to yourself, you are putting your thoughts down into words.
By doing so, you are helping yourself. That’s what exercise is. Whether you are in the race or not, by exercising every day, you are able to keep pace and cross the finish line at the end of the day.
Tell me, do you find blogging or writing a challenge? If so, why?