During last night's #MNINB Twitter Chat, one of the questions posed was whether bloggers sometimes publish a post just for the sake of having written that day. I think the general consensus was:
This is a bad idea!
|Make sure you're blogging for the right reasons!|
This is a topic I've been thinking about for a few weeks now, actually, simply because I've been loving the direction this blog is going in, but some days I lose track of where I was going with a post I've started writing. Yesterday's "Opportunities for Writers" post is an example of that. I originally had on my editorial calendar to share a few upcoming writer's conferences. But as I started researching to put the post together, I realized it wasn't what I wanted to write at all. For a short while, my thought was to just not post at all ... then I thought about the fact that I'd be hosting a Twitter chat, and found myself newly inspired with a new topic. But there are also those days that I just have nothing in me to write: those are the hard days. Originally, I had planned an editorial calendar with posts seven days a week, but came to the realization that by week's end I had nothing left. The temptation was to try to come up with something anyway; it was actually a pretty tough decision to not write anything.
Ultimately, I've made the decision to not just blog for blogging’s sake. If my heart isn’t in it, it really isn’t worth writing for me—or at least, it’s not worth writing in full. I might draft it, and save it for later, but I won’t post it until I’m happy with it. At the same time, if my heart isn’t in it I don’t think my readers’ hearts will be in reading it, either. I’m a firm believer in passion transference in writing: if I have passion in what I write, readers will sense passion when they read, and vice versa.
But don’t just take my word for it. After the #MNINB Twitter Chat, I pulled all of the feedback and advice on blogging for blogging’s sake, and put together these five tips. Each tip comes from at least one of the bloggers who participated in the chat yesterday. You can check out their blogs by clicking their names below:
1. Only write when you have something specific to say. (Jennifer Chow) If you post just for the sake of posting, you might wind up losing readers! (Robert Lee Brewer)
2. If you’re tempted to post just for the sake of having posted, it’s time to revisit your editorial calendar! (Lara Britt)
3. Posting is equal to publishing—draft and redraft before publishing anything. (Patrick J. Walsh)
4. You might not be “inspired” to write, but blogging regularly is still important. (Bolton Carley)
5. If what you’re writing doesn’t “work” for that day, don’t post it … but don’t waste it, either. Save it as a draft for later! (KasieWhitener)
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