After I wrote more than 50k words in the month of November for a single project, I realized that lack of time is not a viable excuse any longer. I have been lying to myself. And now the jig is up.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been zooming in on my blogging process, in order to have this machine run in the right gear.
It turns out that once time is no longer a factor, sitting down and letting my fingers run through the keyboard in a frantic manner is something that comes to me rather easily. Surely, the delivery can always be improved, but as long as I get my message across and make someone feel something, I am content.
If the problem is not lack of time, or the ability to write, what do I struggle with? – I asked myself, because struggle I do.
Finally, the answer dawned on me.
Not having a niche is a blessing, but it can also be a curse.
It has been my conscious choice not to narrow down my blogging interests. This allows me the freedom to write about any- and everything. I prefer it that way. However, it turns out that not having a niche can be troublesome at times.
I would compare writing a post to a tea store. You walk in and you see WALLS of different types of leafy tea. So many options to choose from. That is how I feel sometimes – overwhelmed with all the choices and possibilities. Honing down on what I want to write about can be a tedious task.
As you might know, I usually browse through the Internet on a daily basis, in hopes of picking out some interesting bits to write about (for my NROPs). Sometimes (like last week), I find more than one topic, and then I have to figure out which one I feel more passionate about. However, sometimes, I find nothing that I am zealous about. What then? I panic. I stare at the blank page of what is supposed to be my post. My fingers are ready to start dancing, but my brain does not know which sheet music to use. (Yes, I know I just mixed dancing and instrument playing in that analogy. See how confusing writing a post can be?)
You could argue that it is lack of inspiration, but I do not see it that way. I feel inspired. The moment I find the right topic, I start floating in mid air.
Now that I have identified a specific issue, I can begin working on it.
Do you analyze your blogging?
Do you have a niche?
If you have a niche, do you ever want to write about something else?
If you do not, do you struggle with finding a topic for your posts?
How do you come up with a topic?
What is the hardest part of the blogging process for you?
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