I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel a certain amount of frustration when I see the amount of blog posts wading in the pile of drafts, just daring me to hit publish.
But I cant. Because there’s just. something. missing.
Maybe it’s not useful or not entertaining enough, or it just sounds dumb when I read it back. Whatever the reason, I do my part by ripping it to shreds and setting an unrealistic goal of perfection.
Then I stop myself and reflect on why I blog:
A. I am thrilled if I can help a fellow writer through an issue by sharing an experience I’ve had and how I pushed through it or by letting them know they’re not alone. Plus, it can be refreshing to try an alternative method when you are stuck with your current one.
B. I feel passionate about the topic. This happens mostly when I am currently going through a major roadblock and can’t seem to do anything other than complain about it via blog post. Then I simply justify my words by way of writer madness and leave it at that.
C. I like to read fun blog posts, especially if they humanize writers. Several of these types of posts are sitting in my drafts. Enough said.
So, by understanding what it is I want to achieve and who I’m writing my post for, it becomes easier to focus on a topic. It also helps me visualize the potential of the rotten drafts so I know what to add in order to make them functional in the future.
Because when you have a great understanding of what it is you want to achieve, it seems to take the pressure off creating the perfect post and allows for a little reward when you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. Does anyone else struggle with this?