Last year, on this very day, I published my first post on Mahevash Muses. At the time, I wondered why I was putting myself through this again. Surely I had learned my lesson the last time I tried to blog, only to give up a few months later?
Today, I am happy to declare that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Never before have I felt so comfortable expressing myself, or been so self-aware.
It hasn’t been all popsicles and candy canes though. There were quite a few challenges that made me want to stop blogging. Here are the top 5 challenges I faced and how I dealt with them:
Challenge #1: Neuroticism
Why am I doing this? Isn’t this a colossal waste of time? Ooh, I just got a new subscriber…I am good at this! I can do it for life! This is hard. Is it even worth it? Maybe I should stop.
My Fix – Ignore that evil little voice (or voices) inside your head. Creatives are known neurotics, and the human mind is a dangerous labyrinth as it is. Once you’ve decided to do something, stick to it for a reasonable period of time. Don’t let the back and forth of your mind get to you.
Challenge #2: Bad Writing Days
Everybody has bad writing days, and I was (and am) no exception. The worst part is, they sneak up when I least expect them to. Case in point: I had one while writing this post. Yep. On a day of celebration. It doesn’t get more messed up than that, does it?
My Fix – Even if what you write feels subpar, keep writing. And if you can’t write anything on said day, don’t beat yourself up. You can always start tomorrow.
Challenge #3: Writer’s Block
Whether or not you agree, writer’s block is real. Just like a bad writing day, it can show up without warning.
My Fix – Turn away from what you’re writing and write something simple, like a note on how your day has been so far. If that doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, step away from the screen for a while and try again.
Challenge #4: Loneliness
Blogging can get lonely. The lack of comments can seriously get you down. Ditto for the stats.
My Fix – Reach out to fellow bloggers the instant loneliness kicks in. Visit their blogs, comment on their posts. Most of them will respond in kind; some will even become your friends. Believe me, there are a lot of awesome people in the blogosphere.
Also, do yourself a favor and stop fixating on stats. Staring at them is not going to get them to change.
Challenge #5: Expectations
Nearly every blogger wants to get famous. It is natural to think,”Just about anything goes viral, so why can’t my post on __?” But that kind of thinking only leads to disappointment and frustration and ruins the fun of blogging.
My Fix – Know that you may never get rich and famous, and be okay with it. Value self-expression above fame and money. Be prepared to be the rule, not the exception.
Blogging is tough, time-consuming and scary. However, it not only lets you find yourself, it enables you to connect with like-minded people around the world. And for me, that is reason enough to keep at it.
How has your blogging journey been so far? What challenges did you face, and how did you deal with them? Let me know…I’m all ears :)