I have this thing about reading blogging how-to articles. Part of it is I have this morbid curiosity about what bullshit is being taught to the newbs among our bloggy ranks, and part of it is I’m secretly looking for the magic formula to wake up tomorrow and be the next Jenny Lawson (you know… The Bloggess).
But the reality is that most of those how-to articles don’t apply to me because I’m not really all that interested in selling out and I don’t really have an strong interest in one particular topic like nailpolish or organization skills that I can write about to no end.
And if I want to be Jenny Lawson when I grow up, I need to work on being funnier.
I thought it would be fun to tell you about my blog post writing process so you can either A. feel better about your blog post writing process because those how-tos don’t work for you either or B. cringe at my chaos.
I’m not a planner. I don’t sit down and make lists of what I want to write about and create deadlines of what I want to post when. I don’t make lists of goals for bloggy success. For me, that just sucks all the fun right out of blogging.
I do generally have a running mental list of things that I would like to write about at some point in the near future.
I sit down and write on evenings and weekends when the boy isn’t home. I need peace and quiet to be able to write or else my blog posts would be all like, “OHMAGOD! JAMES IS WATCHING TELEVISION AGAIN AND I FUCKING HATE THE NOISE IT MAKES! RAWR!”
Then I usually write about the first thing that floats to the top of my mind… and if something doesn’t, I start looking at other blogs to find something that will spark inspiration in me. That’s why I do so many damn writing prompt link-ups.
From there, several things could happen.
Option One: I could sit down, write a blog post and hit the submit button.
Option Two: I could sit down and start writing something and get halfway through or to the end or something, and then decide that I didn’t want to share that information after all. (I did that earlier tonight).
Option Three: I could sit down and start writing something and then lose interest half a paragraph in. Shiny things on the Internet are shiny.
When Option One is prevailing, things are smooth sailing in my world… When Option Two and Three keep happening, I tend to get a little frustrated. Lately, it’s been a lot of that.
Often times when I end up writing posts or portions of posts that I don’t feel ready to publish, they’re the tough, vulnerable posts where I feel hesitant to hit the submit button because I’m not sure I’m ready to reveal that part of myself because I’m afraid of being judged, or because being honest about that particular thing in that particular moment might have consequences, or I’m afraid my honesty about what I think might hurt somebody’s feelings.
I write and re-write posts that never see the light of day with stunning frequency. I used to think that was a bad thing and give myself shit for it, but I think there’s something to be said about holding back and waiting for the right words to come instead of forcing it.
Basically, the point I want to make is that there’s really no “right way” to do this whole blogging thing. Find the method that works for you, and stick to it… and don’t feel bad if your writing process doesn’t yield daily posts. Quality is more important than quantity, that’s really what brings people back.