When I first started writing on this blog, I took it seriously. Too seriously.
“I have to post once a week, and I need to be writing a minimum 1000 words per post, and I must make a schedule…”
And why was I like this? Because I wanted to impress. I cared about providing valuable content and thought that to do so, it had to become work.
Overtime, my motivation sank with the strict limitations. I’d forgotten the beauty of blogging: the writer comes first.
My background in blogging…
Blogging isn’t a new hobby of mine.
At the age of 14, I created a website and began sharing the most cringeworthy posts imaginable and I bloody loved it.
There was a wonderful community that surrounded me. Many other young teenage bloggers would reach out and share comments.
It was a space for development of creativity, writing skills and communication. Although it gradually faded out of my life, I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable creative projects I have ever worked on. Looking back, I understand that it’s because I didn’t take myself too seriously.
Why I blog now…
I love writing.
I hope that didn’t sound cliché but there’s no other way to put it. Can’t get enough of it. I’ve written daily in a journal for a number of years and it helps to calm my noisy mind.
So why am I saying there’s no need to aim for perfection?
I don’t think it’s a wise target in any area of life. But particularly with blogging, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire for views and lose your voice a little.
It’s important to remember that what sets blogging apart is the ability to share whatever you please. Embrace that.
When something starts feeling like work, especially when it’s supposed to be a hobby, something must change. And I’m glad I recognised that for myself.
“I have to write in my own time when I feel inspired, and I need to embrace variety, and I must let go of the idea of perfection.”
What’s on your mind?
Do you enjoy writing? If so, what about? Perhaps you run your own blog – feel free to share it below!