If you have ever been a writer, blogger or content creator of any kind, you are fully aware of how much trouble one has to go through to churn out the material they put out there. People on the outside will gladly receive what you are offering them, oblivious to the sleepless nights and skipped parties you have had to endure. Occasionally, someone might make mention of how you are doing a great job and then they will guilt trip you into feeling obliged to keep doing it. If you are passionate about what you are doing, you will gladly skip several barbecues, drink ups and beach trips to make sure that your content creation is not jeopardized.
The life of a content creator is a life that often swings and sways from awesome to utterly pathetic and sometimes even suicidal. One moment you will be grinning ear to ear after someone has said something uplifting about what you have done. The very next moment you will be hiding in shame or looking for a rope to hang yourself when someone else points out a rather glaring mistake in your content. You therefore try to inwardly accept your fate and embrace whatever comes you way; both good and bad.
Over the several months I have been doing these Monday blogs, there are certain things that have happened (both good and extremely bad) but I have chosen to embrace them. I shall attempt to give some insight into what exactly I am referring to. I therefore give you Le Blogosphere. It should just be ‘The Blogosphere’ but ‘Le’ makes it more legit, plus it’s French – French is a sexy language.
The Decisive Moment
Almost every day that passes, a new blog hits the blogosphere. Every morning, someone wakes up with the strong belief that their true calling in life is to be a blogger. Along the way some dreams get crushed by things like zero traffic, vile responses, blogger’s block and the worst of them all – reality. However, every blogger out there has a defining moment when they decide that they are going to add the word ‘blogger’ to their array of titles. I decided to become a blogger a very long time ago when I was still in my Form 6 vacation. I happened to read a number of well written blogs on a certain dating site that I frequently visited at the time. I was impressed by the stories people wrote that I told myself that one day I would write a blog and have a woman fly down from Beverly Hills because of the awesomeness of the blog. That hasn’t happened yet but I am still hopeful. Everyone has that decisive moment when it sparks inside of them that blogging is their true calling.
The Glaring Mistake
Usually before you click ‘post’ on the blog you are preparing, you try as much as possible to read through to make sure there are no mistakes. Oftentimes a mistake or two or three or seven will skip your eye. During such times, you can trust the keen eyes of spell check critics and grammar Nazis to point out the shoddiness of your work. If you are okay with criticism, you will thank the critic and head for the ‘edit’ button then fix the little bug. If however you are not good with criticism, you might retort with not-so-courteous words which might result in name-calling and insults flying over the www. I have had my fair share of uppercuts and left hooks with the grammar Nazis and spell critics but I have to admit that they are part of the reason why I try to weed out the mistakes over and over. Even the most obvious mistakes like the difference between ‘peak’ and ‘peek’ might skip your mind until a certain friend notices and offers a definition for both words. Then you thank him and quickly make the correction. Right after that, you are likely to look into the mirror and try to find an explanation for the inexcusable mistake. And then it will hit you – no man is safe from dumb mistakes.
The Viper Named Plagiarism
In today’s world, one can be able to access any blog within a matter of seconds – as long as it is on the internet. It therefore means that even the most intellectually stunted person can appear very knowledgeable and insightful if they copy and paste a smart blog and pass it off as theirs. Fortunately, there are tools that can help one to track the originality of a blog post. My worst fear as a blogger is to have my work look just like another blogger’s work. If it happens once, I might send myself into an induced coma. If it happens twice, I am definitely slitting my throat! On my tombstone shall be the words “Here lies the man who feared to be like others”. With many people hitting the blogosphere to open up blogs, one would hope that there are many creative minds out there. But Alas! A good number of blogs are actually plagiarized or simply unoriginal, so much that you can read two blogs that are written at different times and feel like you are reading the same damn blog! But we soldier on – hoping that people will eventually get creative.
Fight temptation as much as you possibly can
The Bloggers Block
A good number of bloggers have a commendably sustained moment of ingenuity. They will churn out interesting pieces over and over with no end in sight. Then on one very ordinary day, when they least expect it, the bloggers block will attack. The bloggers block is that moment when you sit and stare at the PC hoping for ideas to fall down from the sky into your head but the only thing your mind can focus on is the consistently blinking cursor. For a very long time, I have fought and barely won the battle against this block. Occasionally though it might lean in a little and you will read a less-than-motivational blog post. However, on a whole, I am one of the people who will do whatever it takes to fight the block. A few of my friends have given their blogs a few weeks of rest so the block can wear off but I personally think the only way to beat the Bloggers block is to actually blog. If your blog is the kind that has many readers, you might however want to be careful not to churn out rubbish in the name of fighting the block. And this is why I think consistent content creators should be knighted, given medals of honour and have streets named after them – fighting this block is never easy.
Effects of the Blogger’s Block
The Surreal Ego Boost
Usually when you do something you are passionate about, the least of your worries is reward. You are just happy to do what you inwardly love doing. However, if you somewhat get rewarded or even just recognized, it warms your heart and it acts like fuel to your engine. On the 15th of November (a few days ago) the first ever Social Media Awards in Uganda were held and somehow I managed to win the award for the best blog. Up to now, I am still in a dream-like state of mind because I was in the running against some of the finest bloggers I know. Being nominated alongside Ernest Bazanye, Ruth Aine, Guru 8 and Actor Odongo was a privilege. Winning the award was an honour! I am still having a hard time convincing myself that I deserved the award but I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who somehow felt like I did deserve it. If I had a few shillings to give out, I would gladly give them out but since I am only but a blogger, I shall request that you settle for this humble appreciation. When I become rich I shall buy each and every reader of this blog a ticket to heaven with a Plus 1 for your evil wife or husband. You are all so awesome!
I leave you with the weekly inspiration that says a lot about this blog …
“My blog is a collection of answers people don’t want to hear to questions they didn’t ask.” ― Sebastyne Young
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