So, several months ago, I agreed to write a guest post for the Sverve blog, which you can now read here (5 Tips to Connect with Your Blog Readers). Honestly, I had forgotten all about it. Like ALL about it.
The first email that I received asked about a date in October. That seemed easy enough (to forget). What I really forgot was that the contact person followed up and switched the date to June 27. On June 25, I received an email asking for my draft by June 26.
I looked at my husband and told him that I didn’t know what to do. The post was supposed to be educational in nature and relating to blogging. Furthermore, the post needed to have a pinable picture and 500-700 words. Since my Fibromyalgia was flaring, I thought about backing out. I didn’t want to back out because I knew it would be good exposure for my blog, but I wasn’t sure that I could write about anything that anyone would care about–especially blogging tips. This little baby has only been up and running since February. I didn’t think that I could add anything to the vast body of tips relating to blogging.
Since I am a verbal processor, I started talking to my husband, who knows nothing about blogging. I told him about all the posts that I’ve seen about bloggers who either chose to write when they feel uninspired or chose not to write when they feel uninspired. Fortunately for me, I haven’t hit that yet place yet.
Since my main goal for the blog was to reach out to other people with Cervical Dystonia, which has evolved into simply connecting with others regarding a more universal human experience, I thought that I could offer a few tips on connecting with blog readers. Once I committed to my topic, the words just flowed out of my brain and through my fingers and on to the computer screen. All of my self doubt went away. I was proud of thee post. Honestly, I was a little jealous of myself that I can’t post it on here.
Answering comments and reading other people’s blogs, aside from writing, is my favorite part of blogging. Reading other blogs inspires me. Comments motivate me and connect me with other people. They even connect me with new, real friends.
Now I’m not as afraid to pick a topic and write. I used to wait for an outline-like inspiration to hit me or chose the easiest topic possible. Now I want to challenge myself to write about what I know, but not just the fluffy stuff. Anyway, I am really happy that I accepted my challenge, which was only a challenge because I forgot to write it down my deadline.
How to you set new challenges for your blog?