What Are You Going To Blog About Today?

It has come to my attention (well I do investigate for a living after all) that I follow a lot of fantastic bloggers. I try to keep up with as many of them as I can and, where possible, offer encouragement and support. I can’t do that with them all, though, as otherwise I would never be off WordPress but even if it means just liking a post, I do it. Just to let people know that I care and appreciate their written efforts. It’s the least I can do given the tremendous support we receive on a daily basis.

The flip side of that is that a lot of bloggers don’t blog or, if they do, it is very infrequently. You see it all the time. The ‘Sorry I haven’t blogged in ages but I’ve been soooooo busy/life got in the way/haven’t had anything to say’ type introductions. Delete as appropriate. Whenever I see those words at the start of a blog I tend to keep on scrolling. But no more. I want to address those bloggers today. So here goes. Ahem….

Firstly no need to apologise. If you don’t want to blog then that’s entirely up to you and the rest of us will muddle on regardless. But ask yourself this question – why did you go to all the bother of creating a blog in the first place for it to lie unattended gathering dust? Didn’t you want to communicate, express yourself, stretch your literary muscles and slobber those creative juices all over your keyboard. There must have been some reason that started the ball rolling before it ground to a shuddering halt.

Now people often ask me ‘Where do you find the time to blog given all your other interests and commitments?’ Initially this made me a little uncomfortable. Guilty even. Was I neglecting Fionnuala and the kids? But when I reassessed all this I came to the conclusion that Fionnuala and the kids were one of the main reasons I started blogging. It benefits my mental health and allows me to express a message of hope and redemption to all those who have been or are going through similar struggles.

Yes, I blog most days. It takes around 45 minutes to write, edit and post. Often I do it on my daily commute to and from work. So it’s hardly eating into ‘family time’ as some like to call it. If you are really serious about blogging then surely you can find the time to do so. Nobody’s life is that consistently busy. And if it is, what could you sacrifice in order to find the time? The benefits of regularly blogging far outweigh the time and effort required to do so.

The community vibe on WordPress is incomparable. You won’t find it on any other social media platform. Twitter is too poisonous, Instagram too artificial, Facebook too close to home. And don’t even get me started about Snapchat. People care, they listen, they reach out to others in times of need. No matter what your problem there is someone on here who can help. There is no more loving tribe.

Have nothing to say? I also struggle to get my head around that one. We are writers. We write. Life too busy to write? Then all the more reason to find a few moments to tell us all about it. Talk, listen and interact. Don’t just scroll aimlessly. Get involved. Say something. Anything! You won’t regret it. So rant over and I’ll leave you with a challenge. And don’t worry. It involves no cardio vascular activity whatsoever.

1. Post a blog today. Tell the world about your day, your thoughts and your dreams. And if anyone complains then blame me.

2. I don’t ask for much but I’m asking you to reblog this post if you agree with my message. Let’s spread the word and get people writing.

3. Post a comment. Let’s get a debate going. Why have you not been blogging? Do you want to write more? Speak to other bloggers? Make new friends? Well be brave. We are waiting for you.

4. Post a link to your blog. Your words have value. Share them. Who knows, they could make a massive difference in someone’s life today.

Take a chance. Blog today. What could possibly go wrong?

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  1. But my friend, how do I reblog this? What buttons do I press? I must because you are spot on and I concur. Wholeheartedly. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s just how we choose to use them. Best wishes, the nasty, bitter, ugly old harridan! 😂

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      1. Ha!! Then that’s what I shall do … I shall google it! But first I have to go on my cycle ride. I was supposed to go to “Southside” yesterday because apparently it’s lovely, but I never found it. I got as far as Parliament Square, saw the Shard in the distance but I wasn’t far enough along. (And on the wrong side of the river). I shall try again now!

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  2. Well penned, well expressed and well said. I have come to expect no less from your blog my friend. WordPress is indeed a welcoming tribe, open arms and supportive, and one that once l became ensnared has kept me here, disregarding the diatribes written and expressed in other supposedly’ social media platforms. Totally worthy of the reblog 🙂 Rory

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  3. Thank you for writing this. I needed to read this today. I’m absolutely guilty of the “too busy to write” or “I have nothing to say” excuses and sitting around talking to my friends about missing writing. Thank you for this gentle kick in the pants. 👍🏼

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  4. I started my blog not that long ago… and I’m very conscious about posting every week on Mondays. I schedule it. I missed one week as my dad died, but I thought that a valid reason to miss. lol I do a lot of thinking throughout the week about what I want to talk about and I carry around a small notebook so that I don’t forget my topics (I’m old after all). Thanks for writing this… it’s the kick in the pants we all need. 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Her-Strength and commented:
    THIS HAS REALLY GRABBED MY ATTENTION. I ADMIT, I HAVE NOT BEEN BLOGGING AS MUCH AS I WANT. AFTER THINKING ON THIS ISSUE LAST NIGHT AND READING THIS BLOG JUST NOW…I AM DETERMINED TO KEEP PUSHING AS THE LORD HAS WILLED. HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE, AND IF YOU ARE A BLOGGER IN CHRIST, THE WORLD IS AWAITING YOUR MESSAGE ;).

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  6. I blogged really inconsistently for years and then a couple years ago I got the wake-up call that if I truly wanted to be a writer I would have to write and post consistently and I’ve been doing so ever since. Right now I blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays because posting every day is a little much for me with all my other projects.

    This month I’m just sharing lessons I’m currently learning which is a lot more vulnerable and honest than I really like to be, but it’s good to be stretched outside my comfort zone! https://workinprogressblog.co/

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  7. Ironic I should read this right after a 4-week period of crazy. I can sum up my “why’s” in a few bullet points:

    1. Chronic intractable migraine.
    2. Travel (in cars, not via train) often with me behind the wheel.
    3. Family and friends who need my presence and who are physically present.
    4. Teenagers. Three of them. At once. And one of them thinks he’s a man. :-/
    5. The vast amount of my creative energy is currently spent on my novel (almost complete) and interacting with my critique partners.
    6. Trying to cram Hebrew grammar into a stubbornly leaky brain (see item #1).
    7. Church-related ministry duties, intercessory prayer, and acts of love for my neighbors.

    But all that being said, I do hope to blog today if I finish my church-related writing, meet my daily word goal for the novel, and get through a few more Hebrew translations. 🙂 If not, I’ll at least have commented on one other blog (which is also something time has been sparse for lately – especially the of week in May where I did not have internet access)!

    Love the challenge, though. ‘Course in a life with #1, sometimes laundry is challenge enough for this old girl…

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  8. Forty-five minutes? Goodness! It takes me that long simply to edit the photographs of my paintings. Of course, photographing them for quality takes a lot more time. It actually takes about 8 hours of work just to put together a new post. That doesn’t count my painting time. Obviously, our approach to the process of blogging is very different… which is probably why you are able to post daily and I only post about three times per week. Maybe, I need to drop my current blog in favor of a new one that doesn’t include my art. It would require less time and I could post more frequently. Very insightful post! You’ve given me a lot to think about. 🙂

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  9. Another thing I run into (personally) blogging is what to post and what not to post.. sometimes it’s the ones I think the least about that seem to get most interactions/and or comments/likes and the posts I personally think are relative, can I have least… either way, I shall keep posting😊 thanks for the encouragement and tips and keep on blogging yourself!

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  10. I really enjoyed your blog today thank you very much. I do not know how to respond. I will Google it and see if I can figure it out. Today I realized two things. First, I realized goal of my writing is to use my own experiences, briefs, heartaches, losses, joys, blessings, etc. to comfort, encourage and inspire others who are hurting or struggling with mental health issues. The second thing I realized is that more often than not I write when I am deeply depressed, really angry, or can’t sleep at night. That makes for some pretty negative posts. When I am fully describing my deep sorrow I actually get the most likes on my blog. When I have times of great joy – that is when I need to be fully writing positive, upbeat joyful blogs. I need to find a balance somehow so all my blogs are not negative. I try to write a post every day. Do you read my blogs. To read my blog go to: Willowbentleysmama.word press.com

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  11. OK I went to to Google. I typed in “how do you re-blog a Post on WordPress.com?” I got numerous articles on how to start a post on wordpress.com. I am sorry my friend. I do not know how to read blog.

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  12. I think part of it depends on if a person has been writing a while or is new. I know people who have a lot to say and have considered writing. But when it comes down to it, they find writing consistently is a lot different than what they think, and that’s okay.

    Blogging and writing for many is a hobby, some people fall out of hobbies.

    But it is a shame to me when I see an incredible blogger just vanish overnight. Yet, I also know everyone’s story is different. Different stresses. Different priorities. Writing may not be a top one.

    It’s awesome that you’re able to whip out your posts during work time (or well between). 45 minutes works for some of my posts, but not all, the Bible summaries definitely take an hour to a few hours, as do most of Thursday’s posts which are more in depth.

    Even if I miss a day of blogging, I tend to make a post apologizing on that day a different post is supposed to go up, or at least give a life update. I don’t know, messing up my schedule even because of life is not what I intend so I always feel there needs to be an explanation involved, plus I live on explanations and tangents galore.

    This post inspired me for tomorrow’s post actually, thanks!! 🙂

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  13. This is a great message to motivate and inspire bloggers to get blogging! ☺ I agree that the travel commute is a good time to work on a blog post. It saves a lot of time.

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  14. I like that you post frequently. I don’t have any excuses (sometimes I may be tired after work from dealing with clients but I still may do some journaling); I try to post once a month and have all sorts of ideas but some of them feel too personal to write about; and if it’s not that, I’m second guessing myself–“Do I REALLY want to write about that? That seems boring!” Sometimes the passion is there and sometimes it’s not. I think I don’t want to write about Christian stuff all the time…but yet I’m not sure what else to write about since that’s the journey I’m on. I used to looove writing as a kid and wanted to be a published author. I took writing classes in high school and college, was always going to events about writing, and always had my nose in those writer’s digest, etc. mags

    You are definitely right about the WordPress community–so far, everyone has been great! The main reason why I switched to WordPress was that the other site builder I had didn’t have a community or certain blogging features. Whenever I did get comments on my old site, it was because I had told someone about it, LOL. Other than that, it was practically invisible.

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    1. Thank you Evette. Your reply is a blog in itself. I think it is important to write for yourself and not worry too much about what others think. Your style and content is far from boring so please keep writing and sharing. Your words matter to us.

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  15. Love this. I write them as I get them. Some days I get a couple of blogs at a time some days are dry. What I do is write them up and schedule them so they are about 4 days apart. That way it appears I am blogging consistently but really, it’s already written and I’m working on a couple of weeks down the road. Then if I am busy, I still have a cushion of time. Right now, God is speaking to me frequently and I’m soaking it all in. I love blogging. It has helped me heal in so many ways.
    my blog is http://www.iwillnotbemoved.com check it out and give me some feedback. Love to hear from anyone.

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  16. Yay another blog! I love finding new blogs. Anywho this was interesting! I love writing and I’m literally 20 posts ahead but I’m intent on following a schedule. Not to have more ‘me-time’ or whatever. I just feel it brings more order to my life, else I go bezerk and I start staying up till 5 am because NONO I NEED TO WRITE I LOVE WRITING. Having a scheduled system right now helps me in staying healthy, to be honest. Though I’m having trouble finding the right schedule. Again, great job writing this! It’s compiled so well!!

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  17. Like you, I blog almost every day. It’s part of my morning routine, so I’m not really taking up time that I would be doing something else. Other than sleeping. Also like you, I “follow” an awful lot of blogs, and it is extremely challenging to keep up with them all. Most of the time I fail miserably. However, I have recently made it a practice to at least visit the blogs of everyone who “likes” one of my posts. Thanks for the challenges!

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  18. I know about busy, I think everyone does, so actually apologizing for it is kind of…redundant. Very few people have all the time in the world to just hang about and ponder blog posting. 🙂

    I love WordPress. And I really really like Reader. I only recently use it regularly, all the years I was blogging before I never made use of it.

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  19. I like this very much. In my old blog — now trashed — I used to blog too often, the content being glib and flimsy. Now I like to blog a few times a week when I have something substantial to say and I take time to present it well.I do like comments when I get them and ‘likes’ but I carry on regardless knowing I have given it my best shot. And btw thanks for visiting my blog

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  20. Absolutely agree! The community vibe on WordPress isn’t matched anywhere else. I’m a great example – atheist, not in the same country, hetero, child-free etc, and yet I feel stuff in common with you.

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