Like any other writer, I’ve had days where I just didn’t feel like writing at all. I would just sit down and stare mindlessly into the white screen in front of me, not even trying to type anything anymore. Just enjoying the emptiness with a feeling of regret that “Today” would be one of those days.
Unfortunately, those days have been more present recently due to a lack of a routine and some personal matters messing with my head, but if you think about it, it goes entirely against the principle of wanting to have a post a day for a year: creating continuity and improving daily.
Yet, how do you expect someone with no idea or motivation whatsoever to write a good article if they can’t even stick to a topic for 1 minute of writing to start them off?
I have struggled with this but I think I may have found the core reason behind this sort of writer’s block. It is a different version than that of someone trying to write a book. No matter the topic we focus on, writing articles online will always have the same goal: To impact others.
In this world with thousands and thousands of articles popping up every hour on the Internet, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the competition and drop every idea as “not good enough” or “not impactful enough”.
Writers working on books may have a similar problem from time to time but the sheer amount of words to produce may be another one.
For bloggers, on paper, it’s easy enough.
“Find your niche and develop yourself in it.”
It’s quite straight-forward and shouldn’t be much of a problem if we stay consistent.
But then there is the added problem of quantity.
When starting to write, it’s easy to have tons of ideas and to develop ideas that may not be well-known or developed at all.
But the more we publish, the more the potential impact (content-wise) of each article diminish, despite the audience itself certainly growing.
After all, my ideas didn’t exist on the internet until I started posting them! Some form of some of them may have but clearly not all nor exactly in the same way.
Maybe I’ll write an article about a nuance that interests me but maybe it won’t be that well-developed because my head just simply isn’t “in the zone” today. Maybe I’ll lose some readers because they’ll think it’s boring or plain weird. But maybe I’ll also gain others who like the “weirdness” of it.
In the end, we never know what will happen with what we publish.
All we can do is to keep writing and hope for the best, trying to improve little by little.
The quality of writing on “a good day” today may become next year’s “bad day” quality.
For this reason, I’ll keep writing and I’m sure quite a few of you will get bored again and again.
Until my “worst” articles become so inspiring you’ll won’t even believe me when I’ll tell you those were written on “bad days”.