With a wonderful influx of new people for Blapril, I’ve seen one of the ideas, comments, and questions that were critical to my success and though I would write about it a little further: the best time to start.
Many of our mentors have expressed this recently and in the past, as have I, but the right time to start is always today. This is really true for all things, not just blogging, but that early momentum really seems to help.
Something I’m prone to doing that I’ve also seen mentioned is the whole research and study phase, where I attempt to make sure I know what I’m doing to ensure that I’m “doing it right.” I saw this idea mirrored well in the advice section of Naithin’s 2020 Blogger Recognition Award post. The idea of abandoning my requirement of “getting it right the first time” was not an easy one, but I was desperately searching for some fundamental change in my life, so I took the risk. I invested as little effort as I could tolerate in initial setup so I could start sooner rather than later.
This also extends to lapses and “failures” too. It’s easy to get out of the habit of doing regular posts, and so far the key for me has been to just start again. Don’t overthink it, don’t dwell on it, don’t worry about yesterday, last week, or tomorrow. Just do something today. Doesn’t have to be a complete post either. The important thing is to start.
As you may have gathered, I think of my blog similar to how belghast got started, a Grand Experiment of sorts. I did not expect to succeed or keep writing for any length of time, I simply wanted to see where it would lead. By any measure I’ve been able to come up with, I consider mine to be a wildly successful experiment that has been nothing but a boon.
That doesn’t mean it’s not work or somehow becomes effortless. Mr. Peril recently wrote “It takes discipline and determination to do it regularly. But the more you write the better you’ll get. Don’t focus on others and what they’re doing. […] Just concentrate on your output and what’s good for you.”
In the last year, I’ve been far more lax and inactive than I’d like, but I had to focus on the choices that were right for me. I simply couldn’t find a way to plan and write posts in a way that didn’t interfere with some other important part of my life. And that’s okay.
By the way, I love this series of comics. I find then very relatable. I encourage you to go check them out when you have time.
Y’all take care, and I’ll risk speaking for the entire Blaugust community, we’re glad to have you. I hope you get as much or more out of it as I have.
Hey, it’s Blapril time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.