I’ve been blogging for eight months now, and I’ve experienced three specific difficulties along the way. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, these are some things to keep in mind.
I’ve posted 1-3 times a week for eight months. That’s a lot of writing. Some articles were already written, but those only go so far. I’ve written papers and made them into a series, which helps, but consistent creation takes its toll on me. If I’m not proactive about avoiding burnout, I’m gonna crash hard (see this article for tips). Making sure to vary my content or space out the work in production helps some. This was a difficulty I knew about and thought I could avoid. Burnout hit around month six, but I was able to bounce back and (thanks to a high school project) get ahead. My best suggestion is to plan long-term and buckle down to write, especially when you don’t want to.
This problem relates back to burnout. I struggle constantly with staying original and finding ideas to write about that inspire me. Sometimes it seems like everything I think of has been said before and better than I could ever say it. The Bible even tells us that “nothing is new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9). So why bother? You and I each have a unique voice and perspective on most everything. Use that. Read to stay on top of new and old information. I have several writing blogs that I follow and shelves of theology books to learn from and reference. I get ideas from what I read and write it down with my own thought process and perspective.
Ah, readership. This has been the toughest one for me. As a blogger, I have done all of my own page designs, advertising, and PR work. Am I good at any of the above? No. Do some people read my blog? Occasionally. Not consistently, not as much as I would like. Sometimes, a couple of weeks go by without anyone viewing my page. Other times, activity spikes. Still not much, but there’s some. I know that blogs aren’t as convenient for people anymore. I understand that a lot of people simply don’t read. But I post anyway, and I hope you will, too.
And if you’re reading this, thanks. You’re one of the few.