That’s how I used to feel about blogging. I had never kept a dairy or a journal as I never felt that I had anything interesting to say, that my life was just plain boring.
The problem isn’t about us having nothing to write about, or having an uninteresting life. The problem is actually that we haven’t found our own process of blogging.
I figured out my process of blogging by accident.
I was taking my third writing class with the same Professor; a professor who strongly believed in journaling every day of the semester and had made it a requirement of the class.
I was dreading the journaling part of the class, and was already trying to think of ways to get around the task. I am sure that the professor was also wondering what I would come up with this semester.
At half-term I scrapped by with a grade C, with a note “be careful of the gaps” from the professor. Having left writing in the journal to the last minute, I only had time to write my notes from the reading assignments.
The second half of the semester went faster than the first, and I found myself with one week left before having to turn in my journal.
I hadn’t touched that damn notebook since having got it back after half term, and now I also had a portfolio to do.
What was I going to do?
I decided not to bother with it, and worked on the portfolio. I resigned to the fact that I had left it too late and no ideas on what to write.
Then a strange thing happened.
I finished the portfolio quicker than expected. I picked up the journal and wrote the remaining reading assignment notes. The notes didn’t fill enough days and there were too many spaces.
What could I do to fill in the blanks?
Then an idea appeared.
I get inspired from images. Images I see on Facebook, Google, or just about anywhere. I would use these images and write an idea next to it. That’s how I would fill in those blanks. I had to do an all-nighter to fill in over forty missing days, but I did it, and received an A.
How does this help me blog?
Look at the top of this blog. What do you see? An image. An image that inspired me to write this blog and reminded me of the story I’ve just told you.
If you’re having trouble blogging find your process and inspiration, the words will follow. We all have stories to tell.
Keep Calm and Carry on Blogging.