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Does Blog Writing Come Easy To You?

I don’t know about you but I sometimes struggle with writing for my blog. Then there are days when it flows like a river. (I wish it was like that all the time.)

But the simple truth is most of the time it’s a struggle for me, and I haven’t found a solution to the problem.

I’m not necessarily talking about finding inspiration to write about either. It’s more of the mechanics of the beast that I’m referring to.

It could be that I’m too much of a perfectionist. I’ve always been like that and most of the time I wish I wasn’t.

(Rhetorical)

But then again I have to be true to myself, don’t I.

Sometimes I envy bloggers like Scoble, Darren Rowse or Brian Clarkthose guys” who can pound out the posts day after day.

Google seems to like it, but I know if I did that the quality of my content would suffer, and I don’t want to be some talking head who likes to hear himself blab.

.. Sigh!

And just when I start thinking I’m a pretty good writer I read someone else’s work and stand in awe. So it’s back to the drawing board again, and round and round we go.

Often I will get compliments on my writing ability (and to those I thank you profusely) but if you only knew how difficult it can be sometimes.

There are days when it seems like everything comes out in stilted blurbs rather than natural language.

Sometimes I can take hours perfecting a post to get it just right. Reading something that I’ve written years earlier I can still find things to fix.

(P.S.: I wrote this post quickly so please excuse me if it’s not up to my usual standards. This is more of a stream of consciousness style of writing than a normal post)

It can be so exasperating and time consuming, not to mention the sweat equity involved.

Maybe that’s why I spend so much time on Twitter (because 140 characters is so much easier).

(Stay focused BB)

Which also probably explains why I get so peeved when curators copycats steal my content.

But that’s another story in itself.

So I’m wondering have you ever had one of those days when you can barely grunt and everything comes out like ummm? Seriously, and for those of you who cannot relate .. I’m not kidding either.

I have more of those days than I care to admit, and I don’t know if it’s just a male thing but it can very frustrating especially for a blogger.

.. I need help

So this post will be short and sweet because I want to hear what YOU have to say.

Do you sometimes have a problem communicating like I do, and do you have a blog tip that you can share with us?

I know, sometimes you just have to force yourself to get it out.

The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue … the fingers. Ok I give up.

Written November 13th, 2011 by | 28 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Writing Blog Content

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  1. Oh my goodness…are you talking about me here? Like you, I stand in awe of people who can write a post everyday or every other day!

    I feel like a failure when I cant write and there are those times when I question my ability ( I believe that is called self esteem issues) to do anything with a blog.

    I think this post, this wonderful post will resound with so many people and if nothing else they will not feel so alone.

    A simple thank you for writing this …and damn it… keep writing, people need to hear realism and truth.

    I hope others will come in and help ( you too) with a solution that plagues so many….

    Welcome back my friend to blog writing ^-^

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:41 am said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), thank you for your kind comments Diane and for confirming that it’s not only a male thing (or an anal thing). ;-)

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  2. I once read that if you are successful you know what works and can advance on it but if you are doing something wrong people think that you do not know enough or have no further interest in what you are saying or doing.

    I think there is a difference between writing and your thoughts on how things should be explained. This makes it difficult as when you write about something and use a new phrase or term you feel that you need to explain that term or phrase further.

    This leads to your original thoughts being altered and every thought you may have can be a great topic for a blog post, but when you have to think with others in mind you feel that you are not explaining enough or getting too technical, but people have the habit of complaining and not saying exactly what is wrong like blog admins are mind readers and left feeling like you are now not knowing if you are doing things right or wrong. As for the A-listers they are not real bloggers they just shout out some ideas and get a team of writers to work on them until they sound right even if they are just overrated lies.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 7:16 am said...

    @roezer, your point on “difference between writing and your thoughts on how things should be explained…” rang a bell for me! How often have I sat, trying so hard to put myself in someone else s shoes and try to explain things so that it would make sense to them? Taking it one or two steps more trying to figure out, who are you talking to..the person who is new to a subject as in blog tips or a person who is seasoned? I end up getting quite muddled and then my fears of..have I explained something too much, not enough and then the terrible paralyzing thought…this is going to be so boring for others comes into my mind because there is so much information out there…why would anyone read what I have to say?

    It can get very sticky indeed!

    so many questions and “fears”. I guess we all have to muddle through these issues and find ways and means to overcome them.

    I sure appreciated what you had to say and nice to meet you by the way ^-^

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    Reply by: roezer at 4:14 pm said...

    Nice to meet you also @Diane ( Blogneta), One fear many have is my site will never rank for this keyword and the blog post never even get’s into draft stage. Sometimes we are overconfident that something will work and buy domains only to find out that we have burnt the topic out and leave blogs unattended. To avoid this I try to create a blog and then buy the domain name it’s easy if you use blog installations on domain folders then export them to a new domain. There I go rambling again anyway I am sure we will find a way around this eventually with every paragraph or sentence we write. Ofr is that sentencing yourself to creating a blog because sometimes it can feel like that.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:51 am said...

    @roezer, @Diane, that’s why I threw in the “stay focussed” comment because all too often we will start with one idea but can easily end up on a different tangent if we are not careful. Which can be confusing to our readers, so sometimes it is best to set those other ideas aside for another post.

    As for second guessing what our readers are thinking that can drive you crazy. When I proofread my work I ask myself:

    1. Have I explained it thoroughly?
    2, Does it make sense?
    3. Is it entertaining?
    4. Are there any weaknesses or loose ends in my logic?

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 12:15 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, The stay focused aspect can be a challenge for me… lol I tend to have ADHD when it comes to this as I can think of so many things to say that the “topic” could get lost in my tendency to babble.

    I guess depending on the topic the number one question to ask ( from my point of view) is who am I writing this for? That alone will make a difference in what you say and how you say it.

    I also note in your point 3″Is it entertaining?”, that can be difficult if the topic is one that at its best is a serious subject. In a way I prefer to think of this more towards who your are and what is your “voice”. For me, I tend to write as though I were teaching and that affects how and what I say. That being said..your point is very valid. I have read of people loving to read certain blogs everyday, because it offers the magic ingredient of being entertaining, while other blogs ( that might even be better) go to the back burner because they are so stuffy or caustic that people are turned off.

    So many factors to think about and if one thinks too much, that will freeze them from writing.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:04 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), I have to confess that unless I am writing a specific tutorial I don’t often ask myself “who am I writing for”. Perhaps I should.

    I normally write because I perceive there’s a need for it or it’s something that I just want to say.

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    Reply by: roezer at 4:02 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke,I presume you do not mean this blog post because I am stuck here for ages thinking of a good answer as the post topic is never truly explainable in one article even though you have summarized it quite well.
    Making sense of blog posts can be hard as sometimes blog posts can be just expanding on some questions, Which makes sense in it’s own way as it encourages engagement in blogging.Entertainment value of a blog post provides the reader with new information, a laugh or just makes the reader think.Some loose ends to tie up could be do you really have to mention those guys in your posts they have to make a living I guess but how they lead bloggers down the road of monetization only blogs kills the blogosphere. The lead new bloggers into thinking that all they need is a keyword rich domain and a product and watch the cash run in before they know about maintaining blogs and learning about the software they are using.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:55 pm said...

    @roezer, “those guys” ;-)

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  3. Its not easy at all. I mean it takes me a big while to write content, and it requires me to research a lot.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:05 am said...

    @Fazal, I would say that’s good because it should mean your articles will be quality content and not just filling up space.

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