Today I'm answering your questions about blogging. If you have any more questions that weren't answered, you are welcome to ask them or send me an email at emilytheperson(at)yahoo.com.
How do you keep from feeling obligated to blog all the time?
Sometimes, all it takes to fix what's wrong is the realization
that you need to focus on writing what you want to write and what others
need you to write. Sometimes, you need to take a few weeks off.
Sometimes, you need to loosen up your schedule. Instead of putting on
the pressure to blog every day, blog once a week until you're feeling
When you're blogging out of obligation and not because you
love to blog, you're cheapening the experience. Every few months, stop
and evaluate your motives for writing what you do. And if your heart
is in the wrong place, don't be afraid to take some time off, even if it
means losing some readers.
Through part of 2012, you may have noticed that I took a lot of time off. When I
first decided to take a break, I stressed out a little bit. I was
blogging to please other people and it killed me that I was going to
lose viewers, which I knew was going to happen. And guess what? I did
lose readers who tired of waiting for me to return to the
right frame of mind to keep blogging. But looking back, the decision
was worth it. My desire to please everybody else had drained all of the
joy from my blog. Now, in a way, I'm starting fresh, writing in a way
that brings me joy and hopefully encourages others as well.
So how can I remember to blog consistently?
bloggers struggle with feeling obligated to blog. Others have trouble
remembering to actually post anything. What I'm about to share is a
trick I've used since I very first started blogging in 2009. Print out
calendar pages. Mark the days you'd like to post something on your
blog. By no means do you have to write something every day, but let's
say you choose to post every Tuesday and Thursday at first. As you get
ideas of things to share, write them down on your calendar. Now keep
your calendar nearby, on a desk or tucked inside your planner, so you'll
see it often and be reminded.
Don't be afraid to write
multiple posts at once and schedule them in advance. This isn't
cheating. Some days, you're going to be more inspired to write than
others. Use your bursts of inspiration to write as much as you'd like,
and then schedule your thoughts to be posted throughout the next couple
few weeks or so, I'll receive an email from someone asking if it would
be okay if they linked to one of my blog posts on their own blog. Let
me answer all of you right now: YES. I'm fine with you linking to Emily
is Smiling. I welcome new readers. I'm encouraged by anyone who
shares what I write with their friends and viewers. You are welcome to
link to my blog from your blog.
Can I copy one of your blogging ideas?
receive this email occasionally as well. "Is it alright if I use
_______ idea from your blog on my own?" It's usually something like my
"5 Things on my Mind" or "Currently" posts or a 30 Day Blogging
Challenge. When it comes to these tools used to inspire blog posts, I
don't mind you using them on your own blog. After all, I borrowed the
"Currently" ideas from multiple bloggers; I have no idea where it
originated. If you use one of my blogging challenges, I would love for
you to link back to my blog, but you don't necessarily have to, as long
as you don't give yourself the credit for creating the idea.
On the other hand, copying something like a poem or writing from my blog without permission and credit is not okay. Don't do that.
What made you start blogging?
always loved to write. Since I was twelve or thirteen, I've had
various "blogs" that are all pretty awkward and embarrassing to look
back on now. A few of them are under the username "emilytheperson," so
you are welcome to go find them for yourselves. The things I wrote
before the summer of 2007 were before I loved Jesus, so keep that in
mind. At first, I never really understood what a blog was, but if there
was a resource to share my writing with my friends and anyone who was
interested, I was up for checking it out.
When I was
sixteen, I started actually blogging for the first time when I went to
Kenya, Africa in 2009. I received quite a bit of positive feedback from
my friends. I took a break for a while and then resumed blogging that
November, right after I turned seventeen. I was hooked. For a long
time, I wasn't sure if anyone was reading what I had to say and I wasn't
sure if I wanted them too, but I liked having a place where I could
write my thoughts and have them out there.
If you wrote less about your faith, you would probably get more readers.
I would, but if I didn't write about my faith, there wouldn't be much
left for me to say. My faith in Jesus is my identity. I can't hide that. It's not worth getting more readers to lose what gives me passion and joy.
Do you have a blog?
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