Writing; Confusing but I love it.

Writing and I have a very interesting relationship. A few years in we’ve had our share of successes and failures, but now we’re at the part where the cracks are starting to show.

I love to write. For periods of time it’s all I spent my days doing. Multiple English teachers could vouch for the fact I was never very good at it in the begging but that never seemed to stop me. I used to write pages and pages of completely (grammatically) incorrect nonsense. I still do mostly write pure nonsense, but at least now I can do it with more proper technique.

Although my passion for writing has not changed and I am eager to write more and more as the days pass, I just DON’T. As you would have seen if you read my last post you would now that I didn’t keep the promise I made. If you’re a regular here or know me personally, you would also know that this promise is one I have made before each time with slightly more or similar amounts of success as this time arround.

I am actually in the process of trying to write a book! With my track record when it comes to writing commitment it would seem like such a venture is impossible and frankly I am starting to agree with that. It’s something I have wanted to do for a very long time now and although I keep trying I seem to be making little to no progress.

I love to write! But sometimes it’s just pretty damn confusing. I can’t seem to figure out what to write about anymore. I wouldn’t say it’s writer’s block plaguing me, content block I feel would be a better way to describe it. I CAN write, It just takes me some time to think of something to write about. Whether it be an idea for a blog post or filler scenes for a chapter it, it takes a lot more time than it used to.

Luckily I am not one for giving up (anymore at least). I am here after all aren’t I!? I am not going to let this silly problem take the fun out of writing. It’s going take some effort to overcome it but a little bit of hard work has never done anyone any harm. Let’s see how it goes.

Expect future updates 🙂

Absolute Procrastination.

Unless this is the first time you are reading my blog, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that I procrastinate. I procrastinate so much before eventually blogging about it that my procrastination habits are equally as well known as the ABC’s. I don’t try to procrastinate. NO ONE tries to procrastinate… It just happens. One minute I’m thinking “Yeah I’m totally going to do some work!” and then all of a sudden *Poof*… Procrastination.

Normally I use writing to procrastinate, “Procrastablogging” if you will. However in the past few months I have descended into such a level of laziness I’m not even writing. I’m in a blogging limbo. I want to blog but it just doesn’t happen. I even wrote 3/4 of a post the other day that didn’t get to finish because I didn’t get back to it. I would say I had good reason for not getting back to it but I didn’t. There was a certain period of relevance for the post and I didn’t get back to finishing it in that time. Total laziness.

After 50 blog posts and 100 blog posts, I started to really rake in views. My posts weren’t all that good at that point, but because I was posting more than 3 times a week my writing was seen by more people. Consistency lead to views and consistency came from getting posts done and not procrastinating.

When it comes to life, procrastination is probably my number one demon. The really ironic thing is that I openly accept it but never really do anything about it. I procrastinate doing something about my procrastination problem. Weird no? Much like mankind will always collectively hate getting up in the morning, I will always procrastinate. It’s just a fact of life. What I really need to do is find a way to manage my procrastination. Although I feel like trying to do this will just end up in this entire process repeating itself. I guess we’ll see.

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Update.

Okay this just in. I got a hate comment on my last post (please don’t go looking for it I didn’t even approve the comment) essentially taking the piss out of the entire post. I’ve pretty much forgotten what the comment said because a) my brain is great like that and b) I try to ignore hate comments, but I am going to try to talk about it… Let’s see how this goes.

Yes I know the internet has been around a long time, to be honest I probably should have said before social media instead of before the internet but I feel like people got my point. I’ll give the hater 1 point (that’s all they get) because they did call me out on the “Do you know why body shaming wasn’t a thing before the internet?” line (I found the comment by the way), thank you internet troll I’ll update it so my point is valid. What I meant was that before social media body shaming wasn’t a major thing. People still would have had their opinions back then, but it was limited to the people around them instead of being able to find other people on the internet and hate on them as well. Sadly body shaming was always a thing and is likely to be a thing long into the future.

I’m not whining, I’m blogging (you should try it some time it’s fun).

Yes I know I’m fine, I appreciate you making that clear to me.

Yes I know not that many people read this blog (thank you for those who do.You rock!), it is MY blog after all and I look at the stats almost daily.

“If you care that much, actually do something…” this was my favourite part of the hate comment. Clearly this person  doesn’t know what my blog is about. That post was me doing something. YES IT WASN’T SERIOUS I KNOW THAT! My blog exists so I can share my thoughts with people who want to read them instead of having them suppressed by people who don’t. Yes it’s not really doing a whole lot but if I can make even a few people aware of what’s going on, that’s a step in the right direction.

I am sad my blog disappoints you but since you decided to tell me that the way you did instead of constructively you can refer to the armpits joke in my last post (I was proud of that one).

The comment ends with “Also if you want to make a serious point why would you ever refernce South Park” (Their spelling mistake by the way not mine)UHHHHH CAUSE I CAN BRO! It’s my blog and not yours. I can still make a point and be funny at the same time. Oh and if you look nice and close like, I even refer DIRECTLY to the fact the post wasn’t at all serious any more. I wonder what that could mean.

Okay a few things to know hater.

  1. I welcome hate but please do it with proper spelling and better grammar.
  2. Thanks to wordpress your comments won’t EVER see the light of day (unless I post about them again. TEEHEE).
  3. You clearly don’t understand the internet. Your comment wasn’t anonymised.
  4. Hate just makes me better. It fuels me to post more and get better at it (so thank you again).
  5. Hate JUST DOESN’T get to me anymore. I did but now it doesn’t. I’m just too used to it.

Thank you hater, this was fun. Let’s definitely do it again sometime.

Blogging is a lifestyle.

Two years ago I created An Opinionated World as a way to pass the time, as a way to share my thoughts and ideas with a world that often ignored people’s opinions on topics or areas they’re not “experts” on. Shortly after, I became addicted. I was posting 2-3 times a day multiple times a week, they weren’t even remotely good (trust me, they were doozies) but I was committed so I kept at it. Not long after I dropped down to posting 2-3 times and then eventually once a week but had become more confident in my content as I got better. A few months into blogging when I dropped down to posting whenever I could scrounge up an idea for a post I realised something that’s been pretty consistent to this day. Blogging is hard!

It’s been 43 days since I last posted something and normally I can find a way to push through a writer’s block and I’d have a post out 2 or 3 weeks later at most, but this is different. In a conversation I had the other day with another blogger I said that life’s a blogger’s kryptonite and regardless of the fact I was the one that said it, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Until we find a way to monetize our blogs and we’re able to focus on blogging more we have jobs, we have school, and we have lives that conflict with blogging.

In hindsight blogging can rather consuming. When I have forced my brain to think of ideas, practically beat myself up for not posting on time and spent an unnecessary amount of time or stayed up way too late to get a post done (I’m doing it as we speak/ type/ read) it would seem like it’s verging on an unhealthy addiction but when the post FINALLY gets out, the thought of people reading my writing makes it all worth it.

 

Blogging misconceptions

There must be something in the water, because I’m not honestly sure what it is that prompts some of the ideas I’ve heard and seen based around blogging. My theory is a mixture of facts or information people get from real bloggers and the ideas people get from movie/TV portrayals of bloggers. Although most of the portrayals are somewhat accurate, occasionally there are ones that are somewhat… Creative. So here and now I just want to clear up/ give my view on some of the blogging-based misconceptions I have heard of:

  1. Blogging is for sharing your feelings: Okay I can admit this much is true but in a completely different way to what is often thought of, primarily when people are taking at blogging. Blogging covers a wide array of topics ranging from blogs for movie buffs to cooking blogs to blogs like mine where people just speak their minds. Blogging IS NOT just people confessing their feelings like it were an online diary, it does happen but it’s only one of the many uses a blog can have.
  2. Blogging is easy: With or without a common theme to your blog, writing consistent content isn’t always a walk in the park. I personally have gone from writing multiple posts a week to multiple posts a month to one post a week consistently, thinking of a new topic for each and every post can be difficult. On one circumstance I went a month without posting anything because I couldn’t think of a topic that felt right to me.
  3. Getting followers is easy: It is highly unlikely that a blogger is going to become popular as soon as they start blogging. Much like speech writing or novel-writing blogging is about getting the reader’s attention and with out word of mouth and a little bit of luck, getting followers isn’t an instantaneous occurrence. Without people knowing your blog exists or where to find it, the viewer and follower count isn’t likely to go up.
  4. Bloggers don’t know what they’re talking about: This one in particular is a misconception that seriously annoys me. IT seems to be a common thought that just because bloggers aren’t experts in all the areas they cover they have no idea what they’re talking about therefore their opinions are irrelevant. This couldn’t be any less wrong. Bloggers are some of the most passionate and achieved writers I’ve ever seen and research their ideas before posting to their sites. Posting without knowing what you’re talking about can seriously hurt credibility, the last thing a blogger wants.
  5. Blogging is just a hobby: like I just said, bloggers are some of the most passionate writers I have ever seen. Some bloggers blog to make money by definition making it a job and not a hobby but even with a separate job blogging is more than a hobby. For bloggers (including my self) blogging is an escape, a way to release stress and get away from anything causing troubles in daily life.

Blogging is more than some people make it out to be, don’t let a biased opinion or someone trying to bring it down influence you and make you feel otherwise.