I believe that the image to the right is one of the best visual depictions of what it’s like to be a blogger, day-in and day-out, and here’s why from my admittedly limited perspective:
- I am challenged every single day to create content that is both stimulating, entertaining, and practically very helpful. Even as I hit “Publish” I know that the post could have been better.
- I just started this blog barely 2 months ago and yet I already know that there are a few things that I could have done better or more strategically; even a few opportunities that I’ve missed.
- I spend a large portion of my day in “Planning Mode” and it has never gone according to that plan. There is always a tension between Planning and Execution.
- I feel perpetually limited by the amount of time I have to write, the tools that I use and depend on, and the team that supports me. This is not a criticism about the the tools or my team but rather an honest perspective of the chasm that exists between what I want to accomplish and what I actually accomplish.
- Even though mistakes are part of the process and are some of the best ways to grow as a blogger I still am not happy when they happen!
- Planning (and praying) for the “Big Wins” has never worked out very well. It’s always been more of a “heads down, work hard” approach, line by line, piece by piece.
- You can never really “Win” at Tetris. The same goes for blogging.
- With time you get better and the game gets faster; that doesn’t mean it gets easier, in fact, just the opposite!
- Although you can always “Restart” the game, so to speak, you’ll never get a reasonable and worthy “High Score” unless you stick with it in the long run.
- Even though I might struggle and “lose,” I still want to play. It’s fascinating how a game that you can never win still lures us to play it repetitively!
And that, my friends, is my why blogging is seriously like Tetris.