Blogging Can Feel Like a Lonely Journey at Times!

I had lunch with myself today sitting in a local Figo (do they have those near you?) and as I was scanning some of the discussions in the forums I came across a few members who reached a point of “burnout” and were struggling with finding the motivation to keep going.

In her words she had “lost her mojo” and was trying to stay positive about her blog and the results she was seeing, some of which weren’t up to snuff.

I quickly looked at the screen, down at my barely-touched plate of pasta, and the empty seat before me and I quickly empathized with her and was reminded that this thing we do, blogging, can be a very lonely road at times.

You: The Creative.

Don’t forget – if you’re a blogger and have been doing it for a while then you’re what many would consider a Creative (with a capital “c”), someone who is essentially an artist, and your canvas is your digital space on the web.

You craft uniqueness through words daily but it’s not always fluid and not always natural. Perhaps it’s mostly the latter and you struggle with your canvas every single day. It’s like grinding your teeth and you’re not always sure why you do it when the rewards are so difficult to calculate.

But you do, and you continue to write. Why? Because it’s your art. It’s you. It’s more than what you do. It’s who you are. And your motivation comes from within – not from any external and outside forces which can make you feel pretty alone.

And at times you’re the only one that sees that. Google doesn’t. Twitter and the other social sharing sites apparently miss it. Your readers don’t get it all the time and your spouse might not even fully understand it at times.

It’s lonely.

And guess what? That doesn’t ever change or get much better the more you write – some consider the burden of the creative a mark of being an artist!

But the good news is that you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing and therein lies the sustainable satisfaction that keeps you pressing on and your goal is to connect, relate, and build relationships with those that are on the same journey to give you strength and encouragement.

I’m here for you (as best as I can be through our mutual monitor screens) and so are many others in your life. Stay strong, keep creating, keep writing, and continue to do what you were created to do.

  • Melanie

    Excellent points.

    I think the question of burnout needs to be considered by every blogger. It’s a real (and maybe inevitable?) danger.

    You’re not working for a boss who is going to ask you what you did today. You may not even be getting reliable results. You’re running on enthusiasm and passion. And let’s face it, we’re all human… we all run out of steam at some point!

    When I started this blog project, I had a conversation with myself. I honestly accepted the realization that, even though I was super-psyched about my idea in that moment, the burnout (or fatique, or some type of adversity) WOULD come eventually. And I decided that I would push through it as best I could.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you’re better than most melanie! most people don’t even have that conversation when they start!

  • http://www.ymimexico.org Dennis

    Jeff Goins writes about this in his Writer’s Manifesto. Definitely worth the read. http://goinswriter.com/writers-manifesto/

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’ve read it. great stuff. great link!

  • Suzanne

    Just what I needed, John – sincerely, thank you.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ;) you inspired it!

  • Paul

    Wow

    Inspiring post and definitely something good to read when feeling lonely or down.

    Everything you say there is completely true. My trick is just indulge in milk & cookies, and then things usually get better.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      what kind of cookies?

  • http://jonathanmh.com Jonathan

    I agree with you. The virtual world is a lot more lonely then the real one. I just noticed that very clear when I uploaded a video that yesterday night was applauded by about a hundred people, while it did not get a single like in the first few hours. Getting something back for 1.5weeks of work is sometimes very encouraging and I vote for more applause and interaction with the people like you, distributing content like you do.

    The way how you manage to derive interesting articles out of discussions in your new forum is very nice :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      might as well be a source of content creation, right? ;)

  • http://www.lorismusicblog.blogspot.com Lori

    I just found this post on your blog, and it was exactly what I needed to read. Blogging can be very lonely at times, and there have been many times where I wanted to quit blogging because I felt like my blog wasn’t going anywhere. I first created my music blog as a way to express my thoughts, ideas and passion about music. I also had this crazy idea in my mind that once people started reading my blog, that they would keep coming back to read day after day. Things didn’t turn out that way though, and that’s when I begin to feel discouraged. But then I remember that I didn’t start out blogging for others; I started blogging for me, and that’s the only thing that keeps me going.