There is a hidden truth about blogging that seems to be hiding under the layers of the internet.
It dawned on me Sunday night as I realized I did not have a blog ready to go for Monday.
The truth is: the pressure of posting every day brings about the feeling of non-existence. Let me explain.
For most of us, the reason we are known online is for our blogging, twitter or facebook. Most likely you (ya the person reading this) have a day job that does not have much to do with the online world. You take part in social media on your free time and do your best to put your content out there for others to read. You haven’t written a book, spoken to thousands or made a killer album. That is okay. Because you are like everyone else. You take part in social media because you enjoy the conversation and sharing.
But sometimes we get caught up in this idea of worry. “What if I do not post? My traffic will go down for the day.” Or how about this, “my readers are expecting me to have a post ready for them. If I don’t post they will stop reading and never come back.” You ever felt that way? Ya me either :)
But if we are honest with ourselves we would realize our blogs, tweets and other social media aspects are just a small blip on the map. And if we really get honest with ourselves we would admit that we have let our identity creep into our stats and followers. If you do not want to get that honest, don’t worry, I will do it for you.
I realized this because sometimes I really do not want to write. It becomes such a choir that I just don’t feel like spending time writing. Somethings I would rather watch television, read a book, or go for a run.
But my thinking on this has shifted. My ideas, my identity, and my hustle is not caught up in my blog. My blog is a small piece of everything else. Because for a while my blog was all I had. I held onto it as my thing. It was what I was known for and what I took pride in. But the more I become honest with myself the more I realized that everyone has a blog, and that everyone wants their blog to be “the thing” in the blog world. I am slowly starting to let go of the idea that my blog is my identity and starting to grasp on to the thought that it is just one small thing that makes up a part of all the things I do. Once I started to think this way the pressure was released.
The most freeing thing in the world is realizing that you do not have to put all your chips on one thing. That all your eggs are not in one basket, and that simple you do not have to pick one thing and make it work.
Maybe the biggest thing that we need to do today is start letting go of our blog being our only identity and start looking at how we can take all of our ideas we talk about and start executing them. And then you can see your blog turn into just a piece of what you do.