Confession: I’ve lost my blogging confidence. My posting mojo has gone AWOL. I’m facing The Fear of self-publishing.
I used to quite happily bang out a couple of hundred words of an evening if something had caught my attention or there was some experience or learning I thought might be usefully shared.
Not only that but I have multiple blogs to compartmentalise my externalisation of thoughts on different matters – here you find my ideas about online communication, there you see the frustrated music hack at work, yonder my yearnings for a finely crafted C90 compilation, there my half-cocked attempts to run a 5k charity race. Yes, I was spreading my thoughts across the interwebs like butter on hot toast!
The last couple of years have seen my involvment in the blogosphere wane although I’m pretty sure I’m the only who noticed. It’s easy to put this down to busy years and bad times but when I felt totally unable to post something here yesterday I really started to question what had changed.
It took me a while to put my finger on it but I think it is a legacy of having recently completed my Masters – something which takes a different mindset to blogging. For my dissertation I was definitely working with a right / wrong in mind and going through myriad checks, improvements, citations and iterations to get to the finished piece.
Blogging is more about ideas and opinions though. Yes, there’s little point in someone sharing information which is clearly wrong in some technical or practical way but when you realise you’re doing little more than throwing your opinion into the online conversation The Fear begins to recede.
So, for me at the moment it’s about changing gear from academic writing with the aim of approval and a certificate at the end to just trying to be helpful, in some small way, online. What’s the worst that can happen? Someone disagrees – brilliant! That means there is a conversation – my blogging is as much about me learning from others as it is about sharing what I think I know.
Dan Slee, ever the champion of blogging particularly about digital comms in local gov, suggested a weekly blogging club to encourage me, and other lapsed bloggers, back into the habit.
So, if you need peer pressure and an editorial calendar to get you going in 2012 then join us – post by noon each Thursday, check the hashtag #weeklyblogclub or follow @weeklyblogclub on Twitter and be mocked by other club members should you fail without providing a note from your mum.
And like all resolutions I make this one with the full intent of seeing it through but I’m also prepared to get a mocking by mid-January (at the latest) should the muse disappear again.