I always like writing from a different perspective, and I am sure that same is true for you. Writing what I enjoy is my passion. Blogging is not.
If you are a long time member of Blogengage, then you may remember me writing about passion – and blogging as my passion. If you don’t, here is the summary: I used to consider blogging as my passion (and I thought of that as a good thing). Not anymore.
In this blog post, I will tell you why I did that (And why you should do it too). Alright, are you ready, let’s go
What is Passion?
What is Passion? Passion as it applies to blogging? Have you ever blogged about passion? What about being passionate? Then, I think it would be easier for you to answer my question: What exactly is passion, as it applies to blogging?
Here are the definitions of passion and passionate that we are going to use for this blog post:
Passion: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling
Passionate: Showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief
As you can see, being passionate is about having a strong and powerful feeling/belief inside your mind – So, passionate about blogging essentially translates to belief in blogging and a strong urge to blog.
Well, can you guess what’s wrong here? (Nope, I am not talking about the definition, think back to the headline of this post).
It is a belief or an urge.
And it is easy for a belief/urge to loose its strength within your mind.
Now, I will give you an example to illustrate this:
Imagine that you have an urge to eat this new food that you tasted from your regular restaurant. You try it and you like it and you are passionate about it. So, you decide to have it at least once a week (And you eat it – not just once a week, but more). As time passes on, you began to lose your interest in eating the food (And you want to try something else).
Think about it. It occurs to all of us.
This is also why we usually hate the food that we eat daily (it becomes boring to do the same thing over and over again). You will lose interest.
Now, let’s connect this back to blogging:
You start a blog. You read other blogs and know what you have to do. You blog for a while, let’s say 6-7 months and you are definitely passionate about it. But, as time passes on, your passion will loose its strength, unless you take preventative measures (this happens to all bloggers, whether you agree with me or not).
I have had the same experience too. Back when I was blogging with Techpupil, I was really passionate about it. But, the urge lost its strength pretty soon and I had to cope up with it. And now that I am working on a new blog, I can definitely tell you that I am not passionate about blogging (and I proud of it ). Instead, I am compassionate.
So, what’s the solution. Well, that’s where I am heading to:
1. Be Compassionate: Yes, compassion is something that has passion within it (inherent in nature).
Definition of compassionate: Feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.
Yes, in real world, compassionate means being sympathetic to people who suffer. But, that’s not what we want in blogging. In blogging terms, compassion refers to having a concern for your readers.
And that’s what we want. You should be concerned about your readers. What was it like when you started blogging? You were a newbie blogger, trying to write great content and get attention right? Or maybe you were blogging for some time and haven’t got the traffic that you deserved (upcoming blogger?). Well, that’s where most of your readers lie. So, help them. Be concerned for their success. Care for them. Concern is a hard thing to break apart. So, be concerned about your readers.
2. Be Creative: Creativity is actually my favorite word right now. I just like talking about it over and over again (Well, that’s not creative, is it ). Yes, we need to be creative. Change up your writing style, blog theme/template every now and then. It will refresh your mind and keep your urge/concern about blogging strong.
Be creative with your blog post (perspective, new ideas!), your theme (tweak it, change it, experiment, learn) and with your writing style (narrative? descriptive? interesting and entertaining? begin with a paragraph? begin with a question? introduction? conclusion?).
3. Take Breaks – Ah! I like blogging breaks! Do you? Blogging Breaks refreshes your mind, makes you more creative and helps you to stay focused. Essentially, it helps you with being compassionate about blogging.
4. Hold On, Hard Work and Enjoy – Be patient (And impatient!), be hard working (And lazy) and enjoy blogging. It is important for you to taste everything. Here is what I have got from my experience:
Be Lazy and Unproductive for a while. Because, after a while you will realize that being lazy and unproductive is just not fun and your motivation to be productive increases (you will do the work!).
Well, that’s how I manage my blogging career (At least, right now). And it is going great, for me and for my new blog. How about you? Do you agree with what I said in my post? Do you have anything else to add?
Leave your thoughts below and help me win this contest
Are you passionate about blogging?
Do you want to be passionate? Or do you want to switch gears to compassion?
Do you see the difference? What are your thoughts on this?