Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been finding writing and posting blogs so difficult. When I started I had loads of ideas and as I’ve written and posted a number of them now (or decided against posting them) I’m starting to get into a bit of a rut of what to write! After some really successful first posts I worry that the one’s I’m writing now will fall flat/not be as good, but to get out of this mindset I’m telling myself that not every blog post has to be my best blog post. I know that not everyone that reads my blog is a blogger, but this can be applied to lots of different things e.g. running. When you go running, not every single run you go on results in a PB, and that is ok. (I always make my comparisons to sport because it’s something I’m familiar with, but apply this to other things your own life!). So a couple of things to remember when you’re feeling a big negative about the work you’re producing:
You’ll learn more from your bad days than good days
When it comes to blogging (or anything) you learn more from your bad posts than your good ones, you learn what did and didn’t go well and where you can improve next time. If everything you were producing was always 100% you’d never get any criticism/tweak how you’re working to improve.
I wasn’t happy with the blog post I put out last Monday on International Women’s Day. The post was rushed and could have been so much better, but I wanted to post something. That being said, putting a post live that I wasn’t really happy with I learnt a couple of things:
- It’s ok to take a break – the post wasn’t great and it was rushed. I didn’t feel great posting it but I felt like I needed to post something because I’ve said I’ll post on Mondays and Fridays. But sometimes it’s ok to take a break and not stick to your routine. Just don’t get into the habit of skipping things, otherwise that is the start of the formation of a new, bad habit.
- Look at the calendar and plan my blog posts around important days/cultural moments – I wish I’d thought about doing a post in IWD prior to it actually happening. That way I could have written something more structured, powerful and meaningful. So I’ll definitely be looking ahead for other important days in the calendar. And when I look at the blog post I wrote for Valentines day on being single, I’d planned that so far in advance and I was so happy with the message and content I was putting out.
Keep on showing up
If there is anything all the reading on personal development has taught me over the past year it’s that you have got to keep showing up. It doesn’t matter if something is your best or your worst. Remaining consistent is far more important and impressive than producing one amazing effort. It’s easy for someone to write one blog post, go on one run, or write one poem but the most impressive thing is repeating those things day in and day out.
I saw a quote recently from James Clear that said, ‘Greatness is consistency. Meditating once is common. Meditating daily is rare. Exercising today is simple. Training every week is remarkable. Writing one essay rarely matters. Write every day and you’re practically a hero. Unheroic days can make for heroic decades.’
I know that most of the people that read my blog aren’t bloggers (I don’t think) but I think the message of this post can apply to lots of different things!
Thanks for reading, Chloe x