I haven’t written in a while. Actually, I abruptly stopped writing on this blog 5 months ago. Today, I’d like to psychoanalyze my lack of writing, no less!
Since I’ve started this blog, there have been highs and lows. A few blog posts resonated with a lot of people, several posts were showing on Hacker News frontpage and it even got to the very top of Hacker News once (with this blog post: follow the discussion here).
A curious thing followed though. I’ve been procrastinating on writing because I felt that each new post had to be as successful as the ones before. Now, it sounds a bit ridiculous, because even getting to the top spot in Hacker News, does not mean that I have achieved anything as a writer/blogger. But I did put a lot of pressure on myself to write good posts. And then I found myself in a slump, not very inspired and not really knowing where to take it next. I wrote tens of half articles. I dropped.
I’m interested in multiple subjects and I was not sure whether, for example, posts on motivation or procrastination would work with a crowd interested in bootstrapping a business (which was the primary focus of this blog since I’ve bootstrapped mine a little while ago). The same way blogs about diving, mountain biking and psychology seem all over the place, I feared that nobody was going to be interested to read about multiple things they might not identify with.
But then, I think I took this way too seriously and forgot that the main point of this blog was to reflect on myself, on work, self-employment, business and life in general, and that the way I combine what I’m interested in will make this blog unique and interesting. It’s also okay to write not-so-interesting pieces once in a while.
I think it’s something that a lot of people experience with blogging. They start, it’s exciting, they write new posts regularly, and then something happens, or they gradually lose inspiration because of a lack of recognition, and they stop.
Back to basics. Let’s take things slowly, write about things that keep me thinking, and go from there.