A struggle to Keep Up...

What is it about blogging that has everyone across the world wanting to be apart of it? Is it the natural love for writing and being able to share your thoughts with hundreds without having to worry about getting your work published? Is it the fact that tons of bloggers are making money off of their blogs and people see it as an easy way to make money while sitting on their couch watching re-run episodes of Friends and Fresh Prince? I won’t fail to mention the fact that you can blog about any and every topic there is out there from celebrity gossip to eating bugs. Whatever the reason, blogging is one of the biggest things to happen to the internet, and for me it has been rewarding.

Every time you look up you probably see a new blog popping up in your Facebook news feed or someone tweeting a link to check out their new blog. The issue isn’t coming up with a blog idea (or taking from the thousands of blogs out there); the issue is after a few months coming up with content to keep you going.

When you first start blogging you dive into it. You spend hours coming up with the perfect design, you come up with all of these cool ways to market your blog, you research the best ways to connect with other bloggers, and your blog post ideas are flowing out at a rapid pace. You also make sure to allot enough time a day or week to make sure you actually take the time to post. Things are looking up, people are commenting, and you are sure that this moment will last forever.

What happens when this moment passes? What happens when you get writer’s block and you lose the energy you once had? Your blog becomes another URL address lost on the web.

I have been going through that lately. When I first started my blog it was simply therapy for the lost of my mother. The art of simply writing was therapy enough, but the fact that I was writing about issues, current events, and people that affected the African American community, was even better. I can remember winning my first award, receiving tons of emails saying how great of a job I was doing, and spending hours coming up with my next post idea. But then I started a new job and lost my energy for blogging. I also took for granted that blog ideas would always just come. I realized that a successful blog was a job in itself. I also lost my passion for simply sharing my thoughts about our community, and got it confused with the desire to make a big time blog.

I have now come back full circle, and realize that I must go back to my original passion for blogging. I must channel back to the girl who lost her mother and simply wanted to talk about issues that matter most to herself and her mother.

To my fellow bloggers:

I am not sure what reasons you have for blogging, but I encourage you to stay true to the original passion you developed for blogging. Write about things that you know and matter most to you. These are the type of blogs that people will appreciate. It is just like writing a book. The best way to connect to your readers is them seeing that you are truly connected to what you are writing about.

In my journey to continue to keep up…I lost sight of what that truly meant…

-The Socialite

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6 comments:

Sartorially Savvy said...

I feel you Bran... I'm going through a bit of the same thing right now. The struggle to hold onto your Muse is a daily one... If I can encourage you in any way possible, I'm here. You know I'm in your corner, wishing you the best.

foxxychica said...

I understand how you feel. I started blogging because co-workers suggested it. I kind of fell off the wagon. My dad recently died and I started back blogging. I am doing it to clear my mind and to keep the peace with others. So far, I am doing better and I hope I continue to move forward.

MirthNadir said...

Nice article. I agree. I still do my radio show/podcast for me as life/relationship therapy. Almost three years in and still need as much therapy as ever. It is hard to keep going but just push forward day by day. Inspiration comes from every day life. A step back works wonders and that sounds like what you have done. I look forward to reading even more from you.

The Socialite said...

@Satorially Savvy: i hope that you continue to find the inspiration to continue your blog! It is a good one.

@Foxxychica: Sorry to hear about your dad. It really helped me when my mom passed away. Writing in a journal just wasn't enough for me. I am glad you started blogging again. I look forward to reading your post.

@MirthNadir: Funny how forms of expression such as writing and radio can truly be forms of therapy. People tend to keep so many things bottled up inside. When you express your thoughts it is like you are releasing so much that if kept in can become too heavy. Keep up the good work with the radio show.

Whitney Sherrell said...

Thanks for posting this! I've discovered that blogging is only really rewarding when you're doing it out of passion and genuine desire. For me, I started my blog after going through a difficult situation and had to move back home with my parents. It was a great outlet. Even though things are getting better, I have to remember to channel the energy from that initial place when I get stuck in a rut!

God bless you! Your blog has definitely been an inspiration to me!

Whitney
www.MyStylishFriends.blogspot.com
www.MySocialMediaStyle.blogspot.com

The Socialite said...

@Whitney: I am glad my blog has been an inspiration for you. And good luck with your blog! :)

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