Have you ever wanted to just burn all your bridges, give up and then start again? forget about all that you had done before and instead start again but this time “do it right”. Well to be honest ive considered doing it more than once online.
I’ve had a few different itterations of “Chris” online, espeically on twitter. There was “Political Chris” after I finished university and started blogging about politics as a way to practice writing and perhaps gain attention for a job. Then there was “English teacher Chris” as I started out teaching and wanted to grow professionally. Then I’d say there has been the more recent “writer and tech Chris” a sort of strange mismash of my interests that doesn’t have a firm direction of goal.
my writing has had a similar pattern, but unlike my twitter account, I have generally started a new site for those different evolutions. Yet in the end this is my only site I regular write. With all this confusion, espeically with my twitter account. I’ve been very tempted to kill off my twitter account and start again. Likewise I’ve been tempted to kill off pretty much every blog I write and start again, a fresh.
I’m sure you can relate to this idea or feeling. It’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t go according to plan, or change some aspect in your life and find that the things you were writing about or topics you were writing about no longer fit. But perhaps it’s not the best idea.
Perseverance is a dirty word in our world now. Not giving up, digging in and holding out through the tough spots is very against our culture. We’re encouraged more to move on, start the new exciting thing, and try something new out. Perserverance says give it one more go, try harder, weather the storm and success doesn’t come overnight.
Yesterday I caught John Saddington giving advice on how he’d restart a blog if he were to start again today. A lot of it resonated with me
- Just start writing
- Use whatever platform is easy for you
- Don’t worry about your social media plan
- Don’t worry about comments
- to thy own self be true
Honestly, this advice is probably the exact opposite any “blogging expert” would give you with the exception of the final point. And there may be a reason for that, if you wanted to start a buisness (with a blog) then you need to target a customer type, you want to grow as quickly as posible and you want the benefits of comments for SEO etc…but if you are writing for yourself then I’d say that it’s great advice.
That’s what this blog has become for me, it’s writing for me, it’s theraputic, it helps clear my thoughts. If it helps you then I’m very glad but it isn’t my priority. It includes the posts that I just want to get out. So with that in mind here is my “blogging plan” for the next year.
my Blogging “plan”
- Becoming a staff writer for Churchmag and focusing most of my writing there.
- writing whatever I feel like
- sticking with WordPress and using a simple theme
- considering turning off comments (not many people do comment, those who do could probably comment)
- sharing links to posts I write for Churchmag
- blogging my yearly goals again
- starting a new project…not on this site.
- maybe sharing on social media, if I feel like it.
So overall…fairly similar to what I’m doing now! As for writing tool, I’ll probably write more on “Drafts” so I can send my writing to DayOne (and keep it private) or to this blog (and make it public).
what should your blogging plan be?
This really depends on you and why you are blogging. If you just want the therapeutic side of blogging, I might well start with DayOne, you can make notes public and it’s very easy. If you want another option, maybe Tumblr as it’s also easy to use and you can share more than just text. If you want to blog for a business but irregularly, probably Medium is the best. If you want to start a business and have a blog for some “content marketing” then WordPress or Squarespace will see you right.
What’s your blogging plan for the coming year?
Do you have a plan for this coming year with your blogging or are you just going to wing it? Whatever your answer, why don’t you leave a comment below. I’d love to know your ideas and why.