When I first started blogging, I was so full of ideas and things I wanted to say that my biggest problem was shutting myself up. Now as my blog approaches it's first birthday, I'm finding that I'm struggling with maintaining a consistent blogging schedule. Work intervenes, yes, but there are other issues at work as well, as Nate Whitehill points out in this post on blogging consistently.
According to Nick, serious bloggers are faced with several pressures:
- Sticking to a schedule of regular posts.
- Ever-increasing expectations
- Catering to a larger audience
- Lack of confidence
For me, the challenge right now is a feeling that I've written about so many things before. Nothing feels new right now--more of the same.
It all goes back to a blog's purpose, I suppose. If what I write here is for another audience, then I guess it's OK to feel that you're repeating yourself to an extent because your goal is to bring other people new ideas and resources. In this scenario, repeating yourself isn't all bad. But if your blog is for your own learning, then covering the same territory is less satisfying. It makes you feel stagnant. And the joy of discovering new insights isn't there as it once was.
I've always tried to find a balance here between pointing to new resources and having my own ideas and insights. Right now I seem to be coming up short on the latter. I'm not liking that too much.
What do you do when you start to feel that you're repeating yourself? How do you get yourself back on track to writing things that are fresh and new, rather than endless rehashes of what you've said before?