Sometimes, it’s just about putting your head down and doing it, rather than musing over the complexities or what-ifs that pop up. I liken it to the feeling of running. When you are running, you do not want to think about how much distance is left, or how far you have gone. It’s all about putting one foot in front, and the next one. Keep at it, keep doing it.
Writing (and posting content online) feels like I’m desperately trying to pour a tiny stream of water droplets into the ocean. You know it’s inside there, but it’s hard to tell if anyone does. It feels like I’m screaming into a raging hurricane, or a black hole where everything gets swallowed up whole. Dump it in, and poof it’s gone just like that.
This article I read a few days back hits the nail on the head.
One of the primary reasons most blogs are abandoned is that it takes time to build an audience. It’s demotivating to spend hour upon hour crafting sparkling prose that reveals your most profound industry insights and most valuable guidance, only to see that after weeks of effort, your blog is attracting only a handful of readers per day.
The best part about writing is probably the appreciation that one gets. It makes you feel like you did created something worthwhile and did something good, but the lack of it just leaves you feeling like an empty, hollow jar. You know you did your best and wrote something really good, but no one notices.
I guess the most important quality about being a writer is persistence. Persistence even when nothing is happening, and to believe in yourself and to keep writing about what you believe in. Everything is a matter of perspective, you might just be getting shafted because the person who reads your work thinks it’s bad.
Sidenote: if you show a hundred people your work and all of them tell you it’s bad, you might want to do some soul-searching. There’s a difference between persistence and dogged idiocy.
Here’s me moving on with persistence. After all, I write because I like to. If other people like it and I get something out of it, that’s all well and good but it’s not a quest for self-validation, it’s a road on introspection and self-improvement.