Three years ago, give or take a day or two, I started this blog.
No one knew about it, because I told no one about it, including my wife. No one read it, as I expected. It truly had no people.
Part of me didn’t want to tell anyone because I figured I’d quit after a month or two. Do you know how many blog die from abandonment and neglect every day? More than all the abandoned doggies, kitties and dolphins in the world.* Please, if you don’t want you blog anymore, put it up for adoption, and always have your blogs spayed or neutered.
*Not a fact.
And here we are, after three years, about 500 posts, and one weird joke about neutering your blog. Wow. By far, this is the one activity I have kept up most consistently. No exercise regimen, no diet, no job has survived my blog.
Maybe you’re just starting out with your blog, and you don’t know how you’re going to manage it. Maybe you’ve been at it for a while, and you feel your blogging energy start to dip.
So after three years, what keeps me plugging away at three posts every week?
Three times a week, I spout off my opinions at you. There are times when I’m tired, and it’s tough to write. But hearing from all of you makes it worth it every time. This blog is read by all kinds of people who have experiences I can’t even imagine. You are often wiser, more articulate and funnier than even I am, and that is saying a lot.
Then there are the people who I’ve been able to make a deeper connection with, thanks to blogging. From Skype conversations to annual Blogger Meetups, I’ve met dozens of people who are way more interesting than I am. I am always on the lookout for interesting people in blog land, and that keeps me interested. If you are blogging, but you aren’t finding interesting people, you probably aren’t trying.
Do Lots of Stuff
It’s also important, when keeping a rigorous blogging schedule, to keep a rigorous schedule of other things that refresh your energy. Read great blogs, eat delicious food, exercise vigorously, work hard in your house or job, play loudly with your family, laugh at hilarious things, hug friends. Those all give me way more inspiration than staring at a blank screen, waiting for me to write.
Opportunity Knocks…or Types
Finally, there are the little opportunities that come up: the chance to interview someone, blog somewhere, do something fun, just because someone read my blog. I’ve got a couple of opportunities cooking right now that I’m really excited for the possibilities. Whenever I’m tired and want to quit, I think about what little unknown opportunity might come up next week if I just keep going.
I don’t have any of these things because my blog is the best. It’s not. Yours probably isn’t either, but you can have all these things too. Just keep writing, improving you craft. Be social and outgoing with other people in blog land. Be active in lots of things to refresh your creativity.
Tell me, how long have you been blogging? What keeps you going when you want to quit? Ask me any blogging question you want, and I will answer you!