Boy do I feel like a hypocrite with this post. I never successfully sat down and carved out a time every day to concentrate on my blog posting. If I had, the blog probably would have had a longer, more successful life. I was the kind of person who thought “eh, I’ll just get to it when I’ve got some spare time”, but ultimately that was not the best approach.
Something I noticed when I first started both my blog and my podcast is that I was overflowing with topic ideas. I had so many ideas that I thought I’d never run out. Even so, I decided write some of them down in case I ever reached a point when the ideas were not so plentiful. This proved to be a helpful little tip that I’ve tried to pass on to those who are just starting in content creation.
Recently I got a ping from a Discord server that I’ve not visited in several months, and it reminded me that the annual Blaugust blogging celebration was right around the corner. I was reminded of a community of fresh-faced content creators who, without the desire for status, fame, nor fortune, explode onto the scene once every year to start up a new hobby or revive an old one. I likewise pictured the selfless mentors who give time and advice freely throughout the course of the event, hoping to encourage the follow participants and subsequently add to their ranks. Lastly, my mind wandered back to a bygone era when I was much more active both on this blog and within the greater community. I realized that I have not recently posted about the latest step in my writing journey.
Good read over at Tales of the Aggronaut today for those who are interested in the process of writing. It’s titled “The Permission to Suck” and speaks to the need for new writers to be brave enough to write without fear. Fear of what? Fear of not being good enough. The timing of the post is great, because I’ve noticed a trend over at the newbie blogger initiative forums within the newbie introduction thread. Many of the new bloggers introduce themselves and describe their writings as “ramblings about…” whatever subject they plan to loosely address within the blog. Reading these descriptions (especially the ones who describe their blogs as “rambling”) cause me to jump to a couple of potential conclusions about the authors. Either, both or neither of which might be true: