The six years, almost seven that I’ve been blogging have been quite a ride. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve also had to unlearn some things to keep up with the ever changing blogging world.
I have failed over and over again, but I’ve also managed to collect myself and keep doing what I do.
I’ve previously talked about my blogging journey, my struggles with blogging, why I started my blog and why you shouldn’t start blogging and so, today I’ll go through the things I have had to overcome to keep doing what I do.
7 Things I had to overcome to be a blogger
Every blogger has had the fear of the unknown at one point or another. The fear of not being good enough. The fear of not being able to make it happen for myself. The fear of competition. Every kind of fear. But one day you wake up and decide to do something you haven’t done before because now you are aware that every single minute counts and that every one of those minutes can greatly impact your life.
I learned the hard way that blogging was such a tough job. It required extreme hard work, something I wasn’t willing to do. I believed I was born lazy somehow. I would get over it for a day or two, then slip right back into the Laziness pit. I enjoyed writing just a post after a while and it was working for me just fine but it wasn’t working for my blog as much so I had to put in some extra effort. I sacrificed so much time late into the night, sometimes not sleeping at all.
- Comparing myself to other bloggers.
Comparing myself to everyone else around me had me stuck because I believed I couldn’t ever be as good as any of them. It’s a good thing to keep up with the competition for trends’ sake and to just be on the know. But getting jealous of people whose journey I didn’t know about is just reckless on my part. These days I like to think competition is good as it has built my own journey. I get that I am more disciplined when I keep checking what other bloggers are upto. It has contributed so much to my being consistency and I get new ideas for posts from such forums. Thanks dear bloggers.
- Social media addiction.
I remember every time I opened up my notepad, my phone would blow up from notifications. That’s when, suddenly, everybody knew me. It was Hella distracting. I had to give in to the WhatsApp, Facebook and texts. I was a certified Social Media addict. I mean, I would check for notifications every second even when I know I got no friends to text me. So, when things were getting tough on the writing part and I was getting stuck at not writing-a condition we like to call Writer’s block, No! No! , it’s actually called that, I had to let go of Social Media and instead opted for the pages manager app that let’s me share my posts and interact with my readers from my blog pages instead of a personal account. I also decided to use mostly pen and paper rather than my phone or laptop and while at it keep my phone off. Hurray! 2hrs distraction free.
- Writers block
Writers block has nothing to do with being lazy by the way. If you haven’t heard about this demon, I’ve written about it and how I managed to overcome it here. While writer’s block sums up everything in this post, it is still a demon I had to sit down and figure out how to get past it. You can’t ever fully overcome writer’s block because it manifests in so many ways like fear, procrastination, distraction and perfectionism. Despite all that, I am grateful I managed to own my own share of writer’s block and control it.
I’m one of the bloggers that finds silly excuses to put off writing for as long as I can. I know I’m a master at it because I can bore you with my endless lecture on the rituals I have to perform to convince my ancestors to let me write a one-page post I’ve postponed for months. If only I knew that it never gets better at all, you just get smarter at it. The only way around this is that, when I get back to a post after my procrastination break, I always find new ideas to a post and the editing becomes flawless and so my work ends up perfect.
Having talked about procrastination that ended up being a sibling of perfectionism, I’ve come to understand that perfectionism isn’t such a bad thing after all. Just like it’s favorite brother, procrastination, you just have to embrace it and use it to your advantage. When you have a perfectionist syndrome, you will never edit your work enough. But the editing is a good thing, we love to make sure everything is perfect. I just like to make sure that my editor calender coincides with my schedule so I don’t end up procrastinating that specific post.
Thank you for reading. What are some things you had to overcome?