Today I celebrate my 1010th consecutive blog post. (I’ve published a total 1,629 posts, but the first 519 were before I started daily blogging.)
When a friend expressed amazement that I’m able to blog so much, I explained that it’s easier to blog if you write every day or at least on a regularly scheduled basis rather than doing it whenever you find something to say. If you blog sporadically, you feel as if your articles need to be important, so you don’t write. If you blog regularly, you relate a significant detail of your day, make your articles important by relating them to you, or find the youseetimmy in your topic.
(In the movie Speechless, Michael Keeton tells rival speechwriter Geena Davis that her speeches lack a youseetimmy. He explained that at the end of every episode of Lassie, Timmy’s father sat him down and explained the lesson of the tale, “You see, Timmy . . .)
Somedays, of course, it’s hard for me to find a topic — no event of the day and no thought frittering around in my head seems worth focusing on, so I just write something, anything in the hopes of stumbling upon an interesting idea. I fail often, of course, in the interest department, but sometimes what I think is uninteresting captures the attention of the Google gods and I get a lot of views. Since apparently I have no idea what others will find appealing, by blogging every day, I increase my chances of saying something profound or maybe even popular.
Although blog experts stress the necessity for sticking to a single focus for a blog, I’ve not been able to do that since my foci have changed over the years. At first I wrote about finding a publisher, then I wrote about finding readers. For a while I wrote about writing but I quickly gave that up when I realized how pathetic it was for a neophyte author to be giving tips on how to write. Too many writers who haven’t a clue what they are doing tend to parcel out advice as if they were dealing out doughnuts. For example, one self-published author explained how to write a grieving character, and proceeded to show the character going through all the so-called stages of grief in one brief bit of dialogue. Not only was this person dispensing erroneous information about writing, the person was also dispensing erroneous information about grief. Eek. I’m not a neophyte author any more, but still, the idea of publishing writing tips seems pathetic. The only people who would be interested in such posts are other writers, and they are busy publishing their own writing tips.
Finally, I started writing about me — my grief, my life, my dreams, my plans, my activities — so now the focus of this blog is me. You don’t get a narrower focus than that! I mean, out of the 7,237,175,306 people in the world as of today, there is only one of me.
On the days when I have nothing to say or no inclination to say what I do have to say, discipline keeps me going. I’ve been blogging every day without fail for almost three years — 1010 days to be exact. Not to blog would be a significant disruption of the pattern of my days, and hence would give me something to blog about. Ironic, that.
Still, there will come a time when I forget to blog because my mind is elsewhere or a time when I cannot blog because my body is elsewhere.
Until then, here I am — finding something to blog about every single day.
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.
June 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm
I do agree – the more I write, the easier it becomes, though doing all the social media promotion to drive readers for each blog entry about kills me
June 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm
I don’t do the promo any more except posting to twitter and fb. Like with you, it about killed me. I’d like more readers, but all the promo doesn’t seem worth it.
June 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm
I’m coming to that conclusion myself. Thanks for the nudge in that direction. It also starts to eat away at the fun knowing I have an hour’s worth of posting and tagging every time I write something
June 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Tagging your posts is time consuming but is about the best thing you can do to promote. Most of my traffic comes from search engines via tags. You can set up your posts to automatically link to facebook and twitter, which saves a lot of time. But yes, the most important thing is to have fun. That we can control. The rest, not so much.
June 16, 2014 at 4:38 am
Great advice – thank you!
June 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Congratulation on being so consistent! I think discipline definitely helps, although I only aim for one a week!
June 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm
That’s quite an achievement, Pat! Congratulations! I’ve written consistently, but never tried to make it a daily thing. (For the first few years my goal was to post a minimum of three times a week. Then last year I settled into a twice a week routine, on Mondays and Fridays.) I’ve just posted my 909th in six years, and am about to embark on my seventh year. As a novice writer I don’t attempt to dispense advice, but I do share my writing experiences along with assorted other musings. I think if I had to stick to a single focus I’d soon run out of inspiration. 🙂
June 17, 2014 at 5:52 am
This was very inspiring. When I began blogging I planned to do one a week. Then certain things changed in my life and I haven’t been back to it for a couple of years. Maybe now I will. Thanks, Pat.