Blogging Consistently

Blogging. Too often writers treat their blog like flossing – it needs to be done but writing so often feels like a chore. I struggled with blogging consistently until recently. In fact, my blogs still suffer a bit from a little dust every now and then, but I am working toward a more productive approach to the blog – DESIRE.

This blog, my author site, will be the second blog I get on board with consistency. The first is truly not a blog but a journal. I committed on January 1, 2012 to write a minimum of 750 words a day. I stumbled across 750Words.com last year and noted its brilliant simplicity. I’ve written Nanowrimo and completed a 50,000 word manuscript in 3 of the 5 years I’ve entered.

Why not write those numbers all year long? Why wait for November and Nanowrimo to motivate me? I did not make this commitment as part of any New Year’s Resolution. In fact, I purposefully wrote zero, nada, nothing, on New Year’s Day. I have written at least 750 words every day this year since, though. I must tell you, it feels good. I am in a groove.

This is that aspect of writing I was missing. I’ve always been serious about writing, but the commitment to roll my sleeves up all blue-collar-like has been hit and miss. Now, I see the light and wish to pass it on to you.

You hear it from many, many, many successful writers – write every day. Yes, I’ve played the game of, “oh, staring out the window setting up plot lines and characters is writing” statements. Yes, I agree, that is writing, but the discipline virtually required commitment to put words on something, your screen, your paper, your napkin, whatever.

I poo-pooed the necessity to physically write every day for years. “That’s not how I work,” I would say. “That may be good for that writer but for me…” another of my favorite cop outs. Look, as writers, I mean someone desiring to be a writer who supports themselves on their writing, we MUST create the desire to write every day.

I have achieved this now for 57 consecutive days. Here’s how I’ve done it. I purchased a 4’x5′ white board and mounted it across from my desk. I wrote across the top, “I DESIRE to do the following!!” Underneath, each day, I write what I desire to accomplish in my writing.

Too often we say to ourselves as writers, “I need to get this done by such-and-such time.” Or, “I have do get this project done.” Or, “I can’t seem to write my blogs, I don’t have time.”

I could attack each one of those in many ways, but a simple mind shift eliminates their debilitating power. I simply replace the critical verbs with the word DESIRE. AND I MEAN IT! “I desire to get this done by such-and-such time.” Or, I desire to get this project done.” Or, “I desire to write my blogs, I’ll make time.”

I have found it amazing what changing a simple word can mean to your writing life. I sincerely write these things down. As I write my 750 words each day, (most of them appear to be pure garbage and I do not care, they are assisting me in writing better words later), I will often catch myself and change the “need to” and the “have to” statements to “desire” statements.

Folks, you have to want this. I’ve painted myself into a financial corner by going all-in on writing. Writing for a living is my dream. You must pick yourself up at some point and make things happen. One of the wild things I’ve found is the more I write, the more attention my writing gets. Those who consistently stay at it make their dreams happen.

I heard this same preaching from writers for years, heck, a decade. Sometimes we just have to get there when we get there. Please, if you dream of being a writer, jump in. Don’t wait and wait and wait to fully commit yourself. If there is one piece of advise I can honestly give you, commit to writing tens of thousands of words a month. I wrote just shy of 40,000 words in January. This month, as of this writing, I over 45,000.

I key around 1500 to 2000 words an hour. Two hours a day = 3000 to 4000 words a day. Multiply those numbers by 30 days and the numbers are astounding. This blog is running a bit long on words because I have a lot to say today. If I’m writing 3000 words a day and my average blog is 500 words, I could easily write three blogs a day and still have 1500 to 2500 words for my books a day!

Do the math on that folks! 2000 words a day on a book over thirty days it 60,000 words! This is two hours a day people! A person could be working a full time job and do this! Yes, there is outlining to do and other writing tasks, but you get my drift by this point.

Blogging consistently takes commitment, but more important, from my experience, blogging consistently takes desire. One simple word. Change your attitude and change your life. Tomorrow I will go over some tricks you can use to get attention to your blog. How’s that for commitment!

Final notes. Combined with my 750 words I wrote first off today, I am now over 1700 words for the day.

As any writer knows, making money is tough in this business, so after each post, I will suggest you support your favorite writers. There are many ways to do this. One is to forward or reblog a post you like. Get the writer out in front of others. Another is to purchase a book written by your author. Folks, it is most often better for the author if you buy direct from them. Amazon and all these retailers are greedy, and depending on the publisher, the author may not get much of your dollar. Please consider helping out the folk who write the content you enjoy reading.

In my case, I prefer you buy from my company, ClearView Press Inc.com. That hyperlink takes you directly to our bookstore.

For those who prefer Barnes and Noble, the following are links to some good books, some mine, some authors I like.

Fatherhood 101:Bonding Tips for Building Loving Relationships

Loves Lost and Found

Writing is Easy

Flight From Fear

Earth Cell

Motherhood is Easy

The Accidental Diet – From Fugly to Fox

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  1. I admire your enthusiasm for getting those words down. And I agree with you that writing has got to be an every day practice, and blogging’s got to be regular. My problem? I’m still holding back, dipping my toe into the writing life–worried about being judged–not the writing–me.

    • I’m with you Deborah. I spent over a decade sticking my foot in (I got past my toes with a good support group and an assertive mentor…) but I always held back due to that “being judged” crippler. I also agree and 100% relate that the fear of judgment is not on my writing so much as me, the writer of the words.

      So many people to possibly offend or so many topics that “maybe I shouldn’t write about because of what others may think of me…”, yet, as I’ve observed over the past decade, the writers who go on to reach levels I aspire to reach, they write it honest. I believe this to be a hurdle many, if not most writers must work to overcome.

      Some writers seem to have no fear. I seem to swim in it. I’m getting to the point that if something I write does not push my fear-factor a bit, I’m probably writing too vanilla. I just put out an article on Hub Pages (http://michaelrayking.hubpages.com/hub/Muses-Our-Inner-Eye-and-a-Writers-Perspective) that I was concerned I would be judged on. It has not received a lot of reads so far, but I did get someone that commented who loved it. Reassurance helps propel me forward.

      I’ve read a number of your posts. You write very well. Don’t hold back. Take it from someone who held back far too long, once you take those steps out, you’ll wonder why you did not step out sooner.

      Not ever singe person will like what you write. I say that is good. If “everyone likes it” beware. In many cases I’ve found people will ‘like’ something that is vanilla – not too exciting. They will “Love” some writing and offer a ‘counter’ opinion when they don’t. This is when you know you’re writing well – when people counter what you say. This means you struck a nerve and what you wrote is provocative.

      I’m not speaking of purposefully ticking people off, just be willing to write on subjects that will elicit varying responses. We put ourselves ‘out there’ any time we publish, and yes, blogs are publishing too. We might as well write it like we see it. Anyone who takes exception to what we write may voice that in the comments on blogs, in writing on books and other things or even tell us to their face. As long as we stay true to ourselves, go for it.

      We have one shot at life. Many people understand this and rocket forward. Most of us fear using what little time we have to say what we wish to say. Kind of silly when you look at it that way, but it is precisely what I did from 1979 to recently. We must get there in our own time, but the sooner you make the decision to OWN being an author, the sooner you will realize the unlimited potential you possess.

      My apologies for going so long on this, but you touched on a subject I am very close to and I feel strongly about. Thank you for an excellent comment!

      • Of course, you are right. I grew up believing it was better to stay quiet than hurt someone else’s feelings–at any cost to myself. Well, it is time to grow up and recognize that if someone is hurt by an honest expression of who the heck I really am, that is out of my control. i will lose friends and family members. But that will be their choice, not mine. I have a right to “speak” just as they have a right to be offended.

        Excuse me. My horse has been saddled up.

      • I LOVE it! I could (and have) say the exact same words. What I believe you will find, just like I have, that those you just KNOW would turn on you may actually support you. Others may likely not agree, but, and don’t miss the significance of this, NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO OPPOSE YOUR POSITION. The exact same thing we fight.

        You sound so similar to my mindset. I’m a peacemaker, to the point of, sadly, enabler at times. I do not want to step on toes. But I too have had to ‘grow up’ and recognize my honest expressions hold as much validity as those who spout them out loudly.

        I learned when I took ballroom dance lessons at 42 years old that the reason so many people did not rush onto the dance floor when the music started was not because they were picking apart my pathetic attempt at a waltz, it was because they knew less about the waltz than me and were trying to learn how, OR, they were too scared to be the focal point and would wait until the floor filled so they could remain anonymous.

        The BEST part of dancing the waltz is to have a clear and open flow so you may stride it out and float and twirl and live the music. They were cheating themselves out of the best the waltz has to offer. Once I grasped that, knowing I was not the absolute best dancer, but that I enjoyed the dance, I would hear the first three notes and grab my wife and get that open floor until others got the nerve to get up.

        Writing is much the same. Step out there. You have the talent, no doubt of that. Only you will hold you back.

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  4. I guess I too have …no, no guessing… I am terrified of putting my voice out there. Mostly I’m afraid of the crickets. The posts that mean nothing to anyone out there. I want to inspire readers. I want to feel like what I have to say matters (but here we go… those voices of parents and others that we grow up with… those voices that ask “who do you think you are?” I need to block them out)

    I need to block them out–do I want to? I’m no longer sure anymore. The rock I have been hiding under seems safe and cozy now. I even moved in satellite service.

    • Hi Eden, No matter how many times I get feedback from other authors like you’ve given me here, I still get a huge lift from knowing others run into the same issues as I. Too often as writers, we feel we are alone in our challenges. The truth is, we all share an incredible bond. Thank you for commenting – you lifted my day!

      • I’d say you’re welcome to join me for the free show, but really, it sounds like you have a better view of things up there. Thanks for writing these posts, Michael.

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