Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Writing, writing, writing



I've deleted the introduction to this post four times already, and I've only been working on it for about sixty seconds.

This is the trouble I'm having with my blog at the moment. 

I love blogging. I love reading blogs, I love putting together my own posts, I love creating something to be proud of. But lately I've been struggling.

It's not that I don't have things to write about. The inspiration is there, it's just that I seem to have a bit of a block when it comes to typing it up. My drafts folder is stuffed with half written posts.

I think I'm overthinking things. Rather than sitting down and just typing, I'm trying too hard. I'll have a great idea for a blog post, but I get stuck putting it into words and sentences and paragraphs. I worry that I'm losing what I wanted to be focusing on. Or as I get typing, the points I want to  make keep expanding and cascading on and on, and suddenly I've got a long post that's almost impossible to follow.

Or sometimes I worry that I've made a point, but don't really have anything to back it up with. Maybe it's all my training in evidence-based practice, all the journal papers I've (kind of) read. Over the past five years, it's been completely drilled into me that everything needs backing up. Sometimes science rather stifles creativity. 

So many of my drafts are opinion style pieces, but then I get concerned with balance. What if people disagree with my opinion?! What if they think I'm being too one-sided? So then I start trying to balance out my opinion and the whole post becomes some pointless, non-committed, sitting-on-the-fence waffle. 

As blogs become brands and businesses, it's easy to get caught up in trying to turn an online diary into something of a one-person magazine, with posts becoming more of a 'feature' than a friendly chat.

When I'm struggling with my blog, I like to look to my favourite bloggers and think about what it is they do that keeps me coming back. Something I admire is the illusion of 'effortless' blog posts. While I'm sure all these bloggers are putting tonnes of effort into what they do, it's their casual style posts that entice me back again and again. They're not heavily researched articles. They're not essays. They're not magazine features. They simply seem to be the work of someone sitting down and just writing

So that's what I'm trying to do. Care less, so that I can care more. Stop giving up on my posts before I even finished them. Accept rough drafts and refine them, rather than aim for perfection from the offset.

Hopefully that's just the boost I need to get back into the swing of things.

What are you top tips for blogger's block?
Jennifer

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  1. Getting the words onto the screen is also the hardest part of blogging for me, so I totally feel you! I am interested in what you have to say so looking forward to those posts of yours :)

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  2. Maaaate it's never effortless. My diary type posts are ones I've usually been working on for DAYS because I can never find the right words haha.

    I think it's a perfectionism thing for me, but it does sound like maybe you're getting caught in your head a bit with the whole "backing up" thing. I think we just need to write the words, even if they feel a bit bleh at the time, and then edit after :) xx

    Little Miss Katy

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    1. Haha, yes I definitely know better than to just believe blogging is a case of sitting down, typing a few bits and being done with it! Thanks for the tips :) xx

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  3. I love this. It says everything I always say and think about blogging. It' pure brilliant xx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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    1. Thank you! Looks like maybe this is a better way for me to approach it :) xx

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  4. This sums up how I feel so well! Even if the ideas are there, putting it down on paper can be a drag sometimes. I think you've hit the nail on the head here!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

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  5. All of my posts posts start off as drafts, and throughout the week I focus on a paragraph at a time to make it sound exactly how I want it to. I love 'effortless' blog posts too, it gives the written piece more personality!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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