One of the things that always scares me about blogging every day is what happens when I run out of ideas. I know that creativity isn’t like a bucket of ideas, when you get to the bottom and there is nothing left thats it. I think it was The Oatmeal who said that creativity is more like a river, new ideas keep coming and expand from other ideas. Thats easy to say but its not so easy to put into practice.

When I decide to blog everyday I usually try and have all my posts scheduled out at least a month in advanced. This way I know ahead of time that I will manage to blog every day. Not doing that is scary, at least its scary to me. For the last week I have woken up every morning knowing that I need to write a blog post that will go out either that day or the day after. There is no time for leaving the post to see if it can be made better, there are no taking days off. I wake up knowing that no matter what happens and no matter what other things I have to do today I must write. And thats scary.

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58 thoughts on “DAY NINE

  1. I noticed that I have a once a week pattern, but my draft folder is ridiculous. I’m constantly working on something, regardless of when/where it gets posted. The fact that you do it every day is super inspiring! Keep it up!

    • Yeah I’m scared to look at my drafts folder, so many half written posts. I actually found that setting a schedule for myself, even just posting once a week helped because it meant I had to finish the thing I was working on.

  2. I am the same way. If I’m not organised, I can stop posting for 3 weeks. There’s nothing more stressful than having no inspiration. I’m trying to be more consistent and post more. What helps me is to have certain types of post scheduled on certain days and a random post each week so I can have creative freedom but some structure as well.

    • Ahh yeah the no inspiration thing is annoying. I’ve found a mixture of Tumblr and Reddit really helps. Also watching youtube videos, though that can also lead to procrastination!

  3. I hear you. I used to write my posts a month in advance and then schedule them, and then post my schedule for each month. I still post a monthly schedule, but now I usually think up the subjects the day before I publish that schedule – and then I’m faced with writing the actual posts, which I usually do the night before the scheduled publication date. It used to be so much easier when I hadn’t already written pretty much every post that I wanted to write as I started out.

    • Yeah, I plan out my posts a month in advanced but I don’t write them till the day before they are posted. Its really getting a balance of having content ready in advanced and just writing stuff on the day.

  4. To write a few posts in advance is indeed a comforting thought. However, there will ALWAYS be a time to do something more important than writing a blog. Writing a post a day is tough. But I am sure you can handle it. But don’t lose any sleep over a missed post. Your readers are more forgiving than you think.

    • I realise its different for everyone but personally I need some sort of accountability. I have chronic fatigue so I can’t work or do anything, sometimes the only thing I do in a day is write a blog post.

      Its not so much that I write so people will read it, I write so I actually get something done. I need to force myself to do something each day otherwise I would spend it watching Netflix.

  5. I am not so strong at the planning ahead thing. People talk about this scheduling phenomena, but I tend to do everything the moment it’s due! I’m doing the A to Z challenge, and it’s making me wish I was better at planning ahead, but it’s just not in my cards. Currently trying to figure out what I’m going to write tomorrow on the letter “M.”

    • I think if I had to write a post on a specific topic but couldn’t come up with anything, I would just admit that and write about whatever I wanted to. Or try and make the post relate to the topic in a really silly way.

  6. I tried to have a schedule once, but found that planning something for every day made it somehow less genuine – every day I have new thoughts and experiences, so it made sense to me to come up with a post each day to take advantage of those things. Otherwise you get a week’s worth of what you were thinking on Monday, which can be a bit repetitive.

    That being said, you’ll inevitably sacrifice quality for writing so regularly at some point – I did it about fourteen months ago and haven’t looked back since! But I’m enjoying your daily posts thus far πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, I’ve found that planning posts out, even just a day in advanced is better than writing and posting the same day. Sometimes you have days when you just have no ideas for writing. In that case I would rather skip a day than write when I don’t want to.

      Its finding the right mix of posts that have been planned in advanced and posts that have been written in the spur of the moment.

      • I get what you mean about trying to avoid writing when you have nothing to write, but I see that as part of the fun of it. It’s more of a challenge to turn a boring or really specific topic into something entertaining that a range of people can enjoy. I fail almost all the time, but I like giving it a go.

        But having a mixture is a good idea – I’ve had ideas I’ve sat on for months before writing them, and other times I’m thinking of how to end a post as I’m beginning it.

  7. totally understand, I’ve felt that a lot during the first two weeks of poetry month writing a poem a day for 30 days. Keep writing!

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I don’t expect people to read every single one of my posts. I can’t do it for the people I follow so why should I expect anything differently from my own followers.

      • Absultely – I just try to get a sample which is obviously haphazard depending on when I log on. But I know I’ll get something that makes me smile or think, or both, when I visit yours.

        • Yeah you sort of get a little sample of everything. If there is a blog I really like I will turn on the email notifications but normally I just have a quick look at whats going on in my feed. Thanks πŸ™‚

  8. If the blog is themed, like mine, you’ll find writer’s block even a greater issue. My blog only has musical theatre and Disney stuff primarily, so it is easy to get stuck or run out of ideas. I tend to generate ideas more easily, so even though the quality of my posts may vary from day to day, at least I won’t run out of stuff to write on as often. Also, I think a good idea is to consider writing series of posts which will give you some restriction on what to write. Sometimes, restricting your ideas might not be a bad idea.

      • Thank you so much πŸ™‚ For me the very core basics are the same. Getting the idea, I mean. Other than that first spark of idea, for me they are very different. The post may need thought in building it, but a book needs a lot more than an idea (at least to me). Are they different or the same for you?

        • I don’t know. I really have no experience with writing fiction (other than a few stories I wrote in high school). It really depends on the type of post I’m writing. Sometimes I know the exact topic I am writing about and exactly what I want to say. Other times I have a very vague idea and write until it turns into a post. Very interesting.

        • That is so cool, please let him know I wish him all the luck and success πŸ™‚ and… I would love to read his thoughts on this as well πŸ™‚

        • I will, he doesn’t have a blog so sometimes I pester him enough that he will write something for mine. Its really interesting, he is doing a masters in writing and editing so he is learning about book blogger-y type stuff (arcs and reviews ect). But he is learning about it from a publicists point of view. So to them stuff like Goodreads or the reviews on Amazon are unreliable because anyone can write them. I’ve spent the last month trying to get him to write about it for me.

        • Wow πŸ™‚ Goodreads, is nice but not 100%. People can say about each book how great it is, that is why I was scared to do reviews for Heena. I am very harsh about books and if I don’t like it I can’t say I did. Luckily she is so sweet and she wants only honest reviews ❀

        • Yeah, I like Goodreads. But I have to admit that it annoys me when people rate a book that hasn’t even been written yet. No idea why anyone does that. I actually read a post somewhere about a girl that was scared off of Goodreads because people disagreed with her reviews. There was also the whole thing with the author who went and stalked a person that gave their book a bad review. Its really stupid imo. You have to be honest in your reviews, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about the book.

        • Wow, I can’t believe that people will go that low, so sad 😦 Even thought I gave only 1 ‘bad review’ I did try to let people why I didn’t liked it and if I thought that other might enjoy it and why. But going out and acting like that because of a review. Not all people like the same books, even if YouTube sometimes make it seems as if they do. I have a friend that hates Robin Hobb and I love her books so much πŸ˜€ Review is an opinion, that’s all (well at least to me, lol).

  9. I am finding it really hard to write ‘on the fly’ and as a result am running a couple of days late on the current A to Z challenge. Fingers crossed I will get a seat on my bus tonight so I can do some more work. πŸ˜”

      • Ah, how nice!!! I also declared one of my cute notebooks as my blog planning notebook but, shame on me – I haven’t got round to start writing in it yet…^^ Mine is also quite thin, but with a cute design πŸ˜‰

        • I’ve found having a notebook just for blogging is really useful. I tend to write posts in that before typing them up. Though mine is nearly finished! I will have to go looking for a new one.

        • Wow, I admire your patience! I do all the drafts onto the computer, I guess I’m too lazy to be writing the posts by hand first and then typing them. So far I’ve just put all of my ideas onto small cute post it’s, which I now just stuck into the notebook because I was too lazy to even copy THOSE πŸ˜‰

        • It really depends on what I’m writing. If I know exactly what I want to say I will just write it out on the computer. I write it out by hand first if I’m still working out exactly what I want to say.

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