The "but" comes from remembering why I started a blog in the first place.
Every blogger remembers that moment when they decided to start a blog! There was such an abundance of enthusiasm, hope, passion, and a strong belief that somehow what was floating in their heads needed to find some white space!
A few clicks and there you have your blog! Join the club of nearly 440 million blogs (mediakix.com), but, hey, who is counting? The chances are slim that you will rise to the top overnight. The probability is so ridiculously low that you might as well abandon the effort even before you write your first word.
Yet, bloggers persist. At least the good ones do! They write. They know the odds of being discovered are dead low, but they write because they remember why they started a blog in the first place. They don't believe in ghost writers or random lists or haphazard work. Every day they stare at the dreaded blank screen and face their fear. They write the first word and then the second and the third and then may be delete all 200 words they wrote with all their gut and restart. Passion sounds great on paper, but heck, it is hard as hell to write and even harder to follow your passion every single day, with no rewards, no recognition, no return love. Yep, it is hard.
People like me don't belong in this league. Nothing like a public confession!
But I sure as ice cream melting on a hot summer day would love to join this league of amazing bloggers who write every day. I plan on it. I will work on it. I will share my struggles and the tricks that my lazy brain plays on me when it sings the lullaby, "take a break today, honey!" - no need to write. Ignore your passion. There is nothing in it for you. You are not such a great writer. See, there aren't enough visitors or comments. Don't write, sweetheart, says my lazy brain. That's the same message that the brains of the amazing bloggers delivers to them every morning when they sit in front of a blank screen. The only difference is that the super bloggers tell their brains to shut up. And, somehow it does.
This is the first thing I review when I visit a website with a blog - whether it is a company website or an individual's website. Are you passionate about your work? your calling? do you stay the course? do you do what you set out to do regardless of the odds? Do you back away because your competition is 440 million strong?
We forget the struggles and failures that many famous people, celebrities, athletes, writers, scientists, medical researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs went through to get to where they are today. Ask them. They will tell you about their dark and lonely hours. They will tell you why they persisted and almost always, it is because they believed that their work had value, that their passion was a promise not to be taken lightly, and that their reward was not just what the world had to offer them, but that the magic of their work was their best reward.
I promise to blog three times a week. Anything you can do to keep me on track will be super helpful!