Is blogging like riding a bike?
It’s summer break and two boys in my house are focused on a single task. My youngest son is learning how to ride his bike. The oldest boy, me, is learning patience. The good news is that Cole is doing great. He’s riding. He’s wobbly but he’s getting better by the minute.
Dad, well, he has his good and bad days. Today was a good one because Cole taught me a valuable lesson about me and you.
After picking Cole up and dusting off his knees for the 14th time, I realized that learning how to create excellent blog content is like riding a bike for the first time. Like riding a bike, the mechanics of writing a blog post doesn’t change but your style of riding and writing is as unique as a fingerprint.
I’ll use my boys to illustrate what I mean.
The Quirky One
Caden my oldest took a little longer than the others to teach.
He’s just as strong and determined as my other two but Caden does everything with flair. He’s quirky and I love him for it.
It took him longer to learn but he’s also the the most entertaining to watch.
Are your views a bit unorthodox? Does writing by the rules feel foreign and contrived?
You might be a “Caden”, someone who needs to explore different ways of using the blogging platform. You might be better recording your thoughts and publishing them as podcasts. You can also try creating a video and publishing them regularly on your blog as a vlog Your could feel more comfortable with long-format posts (2000+ words) or even trying short-form (100-300 words) posts.
The key is to explore your style. Mimicking my style will only frustrate you.
Carter, my middle son, is the soldier.
He wants to know exactly what to do to ride a bike. He requires a process, a step-by-step, guide that doesn’t vary. Carter loves black and white situations. Ambiguity annoys the snot out of him
Carter was riding his bike within an hour. Every time he fell, he picked up his bike, and meticulously ticked through his mental bike riding checklist. He’s proficient. Now I have to teach him how to have fun.
You are a Carter if you are focused on efficiently writing and publishing each post. You are comfortable with working from a template and feel better if you have tangible word-count guideline and a deadline. If you are a Carter blogger, don’t waste time on mystical journeys to find your writing voice. This ambiguity will frustrate and burn you out. Just get back to work.
The Free Bird
Cole is still learning. It’s been a few days because he smaller and younger than his brothers were when they learned to ride. Cole makes up for his disadvantage with excellent hand-eye coordination, natural athleticism, and relaxed determination. Cole knows he will be riding soon. He’s in no rush. He wants to be good and have fun too. I have a lot to learn from this one.
You are a Cole blogger is writing comes easy to you. You can kick out 1,000 words in 30 minutes take a break and bust out another 1,000 words. You can easily switch between different writing styles and mediums with little stress. You are having fun. You are unique and you are good. Your only problem is staying motivated.
Regardless of what type of blogger you are, it’s important for you to embrace your strengths and not beating yourself up over weaknesses.
This is what you readers expect.
Ok, time to for another session with my little speed racer.