As part of Bloggiesta, there are challenges and link ups throughout the week. Sometimes it’s about a really cool app or method to use when blogging and other times it is about something completely different. Today, we’re being asked Your Best Blogging Advice Ever!
For me, the answer is simple. The best advice I have ever been given is:
Because in the dark of night when you are tossing and turning about all the things you need to do that you didn’t do, love will help.
Because when you sit at the computer and have the world’s worst case of writer’s block, love will help.
You can’t force a blog. Theoretically, you can, but it shows. There are going to be days that you want to pull a Brian Wilson, and that is okay. But you are going to have to get out of bed someday and that blog will be there, silently judging (okay, not really, but it sounds cool).
This blog thing, it’s something completely different than what a lot of people are used to. You’ll get weird questions and find yourself in conversations where people disparage bloggers and you’ll find it easy to just throw up your hands and agree. But if you love something, if you well and truly love it, you’ll give it the respect it deserves. Because, at some point, it will all start paying off. And I don’t necessarily mean via money–I mean with the amount of comments, or followers or to give you that extra boost on a resume. One day you will see that all the love you put in, all the energy you extended towards this crazy goal of writing a blog that perhaps no one you know in real life will ever read (or find appealing), come back out to you.
And that’s how you know you’re a blogger. That undying faith, even when there are no comments, or when people are not reading what you expect them to read, or going to the right pages; Love is what gets you through the hard bits.
If you don’t love it, surviving is going to be a bitter pill to swallow.