There are all kinds of reasons why people fail at blogging. I recently ran a poll to find the reasons people have a hard time blogging consistently. Not surprisingly, the two most common reasons where:
#1 Not enough time to blog
#2 Not enough ideas for blog posts
I want to look specifically at reason #1 today – the time issue.
Let me first of all start off by admitting that I have failed at blogging, more than once. Each time, I had reasons (more accurately called “excuses”), and one of my reasons was that I just didn’t have enough time.
When I was still working full time, I told myself that when I quit my job to work from home full time, I’d have more time to blog. I figured it would take me a week to kind of get into the groove, but then I’d be whipping out those blog posts.
Two months into self-employment, my blog was in just as bad of shape as when I was working full time. Maybe even worse.
I was oh so busy, you know.
Let me say that yes, I was indeed busy. I had a lot of paying client work to do, and of course there is some validity to needing to do paying client work first, at least if you want to pay your bills.
But when it came right down to it:
I was a lazy blogger.
Here’s the deal. No one who knows me would call me lazy. In fact, they would be shocked to hear me call myself lazy and might even think that I was being too hard on myself. I’ve often had other people make excuses for my laziness (which when it comes down to it is not all that helpful!).
But one way to define lazy is doing what you want to do rather than what you need to do. I’m lazy if I do one type of work to give myself an excuse not to do another type of work – work that I really need to do, but may not feel like doing.
Once I came to terms with the fact that I did have enough time to blog consistently, and was simply lacking in discipline when it came to my blog, I knew that the next thing I needed to do was simply make up my mind to blog a set number of times per week.
You know, the old, “super glue my butt to the chair and write” kind of discipline. Discipline that isn’t dependent on having time, but that is dependent on commitment.
Do I still struggle with having enough time to blog consistently? Absolutely. But in spite of the struggle, since I made a commitment, I’ve been able to be consistent.
I can’t say whether or not your lack of blogging consistency is due to laziness. You may even have a hard time knowing the truth about yourself in that regard.
But what I do know is that some incredibly busy people find the time to blog consistently and through sheer determination and a solid commitment, I’m now one of those people as well.
Overcoming laziness when it comes to anything, including blogging, isn’t easy, but well worth it.
How do you feel about what I wrote above? Have you ever been, like me, a lazy blogger? Do you think that people who claim to be too busy to blog consistently are just lazy bloggers or do you truly think they are truly too busy? If you find it hard to find the time to blog, what are some things you can change to free up more time to focus on your blog?