Blogging. It seems everyone is doing it these days. From stay-at-home soccer moms to college professors, anyone can hop online, build a site and blog until their hearts are fully content.
That said, blogging is much more than simply a way to put digital pen to paper. Moreover, it’s an outlet through which many of life’s greatest lessons can be learned. Here are a few of them:
1) It Requires a Self-Starter Mentality
Truthfully, blogs are pretty easy to create; however, they don’t start themselves. The self-starter mentality of everything comes into play once an account has been made and it’s time for actual content to be up and running.
If you lack the ability to motivate yourself, your blog is likely to crumble in a matter of weeks. The best bloggers realize this and continuously publish.
2) Work Is Never Finished
In high school or college, it’s possible to have finally checked everything off of an agenda’s daily to-do list. Blogging is different. There’s no end to production.
Even more intimidating, once you’ve finished a day’s work, the mental wheels must keep turning so as to keep an ideation bottleneck from occurring. Blogging, believe it or not, is more of job than anything else.
3) Practice Makes Perfect
This famous adage is said with such a frequency that its core truth is often weakened. It’s really quite simple—if you want to get good at something, you’ve got to stick with it. During a blog’s initial weeks and months, driven traffic can be fairly weak.
Also, if completely honest, you’re writing could probably be better. Give things time and keep working. The results will come.
4) Consistency Is Key
There’s a reason behind why there are so many abandoned blogs out in the darkest catacombs of the World Wide Web—their creators gave up. Sure, it’s easy to publish a post or two when blog motivation is fresh, but—in time—that will fade.
It’s at that point you’ve got to decide what you want to do. Regardless of inspiration level, keep publishing. There’s no excuse for not doing so.
5) Efficiency In All Things
If you’re going to brainstorm, write, publish, promote and engage, time will need to be properly managed. While taking things to the extreme is certainly frowned upon, if you don’t feel that you’re stretching your editorial capabilities, you’re going about blogging incorrectly.
Don’t enjoy that feeling? Minimize it through disciplined time management.
Blogging is an incredible pastime. It’s a great tool for building an identity, communicating with others and obtaining more knowledge on a regular basis. If you don’t have a blog, strongly consider making one. If you do, keep at it.
Before long, as production continues, you’ll most assuredly start to notice that blogging has become more than a journal of sorts; rather, a great channel for constant learning.
Now, let’s hear from you—what do you think? As a blogger, what sort of struggles do you frequently encounter? More importantly, how have you managed to learn from them? Tweet to @EchelonCopy to share your opinions. Also, while here, share a few words with everyone in the comments section below.
Lucas Miller is the Founder of Echelon Copy. When not writing, editing or running, he's working tirelessly to perfect what he claims is the "World's Greatest Pompadour." Additionally, for what it's worth, his editorial works have been featured on Social Media Today, Business2Community, Ragan's PR Daily, Spin Sucks and many other top-tier PR publications.