Thoughts on Hitting the Blogging Wall and this Blog’s Future
December 23, 2016
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For those who’ve thought about blogging in a professional capacity but haven’t committed, this post may be relevant to your concerns.
Churning out content regularly and frequently is challenging if you’re not adept at creating something out of nothing. For me, content creation hinges on self-education – including engaging in experiences and time-consuming content consumption. It’s helpful to have information to reflect on and synthesize prior to forming and presenting my thoughts and ideas. Additionally, I prefer to front-load research (content consumption) because the problem with “winging it” is life happens, and you’re not guaranteed to have a consistent amount of free time to sufficiently read and research along the way.
Prior to starting this blog, I’d perused telework research (a centerpiece topic of this blog) for 4 months. As this was my first blogging attempt, it was difficult to gauge my readiness for this long-term commitment though other professionals I’d met deemed my knowledge base sufficient. Hoping they were correct, I proceeded. In hindsight, I wonder if devoting more time and energy to preparation would’ve staved off this blog’s slowing pace in recent years. In fact, if I could advise my slightly younger self back then, that’s what I’d suggest. And I’d emphasize how important it is to know yourself and listen to yourself.
Aside from that, life happens as I said earlier. This year was fraught with life challenges that sapped my time and energy. And what began as a hobby turned into work (an obligatory display of stick-to-it-ness in the attempt to avoid quitting too early lest this reflect poorly on you according to general professional blogging wisdom). Now I seek some freedom.
Although I renewed this blog, 2017 will be different. I won’t keep any kind of posting schedule next year. As I’m likely returning to employment early next year, loosening up makes sense. It’s difficult to say if this will help spur inspired posts, but we’ll see. In the worst case scenario, keeping my blog content up for a year (as I hear this is customary) will allow me to decide in what manner to archive content of my choosing online and alert readers to other online endeavors I engage in, if any. Here’s to not knowing what the new year will bring.
Thanks to everyone who’s been reading this blog. Best wishes and Happy Holidays!