There is a WordPress forum thread entitled “Do you write because you have to or because you want to?” It also mentioned writers’ block, as it applies to bloggers.
Most responses were interesting, one or two pretentious – this was mine. Since, ultimately, I write for you – whoever you might be – I thought I’d share it with you.
I write because I want to, and also because I can. Would I write if I had no readers? Yes, but I’d certainly write something entirely different!
And I write because I have a regular readership who, if I want their loyalty and interest, equally deserve mine.
I have had spells when I haven’t written for a while (I’m seriously ill, it’s not always possible), but being blocked is never a problem. Nor, really, should it be for a blogger.
For a professional writer it’s different – novelists can all too easily write themselves into a corner and find themselves blocked for a while, it kinda goes with the territory for pretty much every author at some point. And that’s understandable. A blocked blogger, though – nope, I just don’t get that.
For me there’s a whole world out there to rummage around in, and on any given day there will always be something that will spark my interest and creativity. But then, I spend a lot of time reading online too – if inspiration won’t come to me, I’ll go looking for it. I’ve been writing blogs now for six years, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been stuck for something to write about.
It helps, of course, not to give your blog a name that ties you to a specific subject – that’ll seriously cramp anybody’s style (especially if there are many thousands of bloggers writing about it). But, if you can’t write about whatever your chosen subject is, write about something else – some of my most successful posts have been written just on a whim – you simply cannot predict what will take off on any given day. So try something new, it might surprise you.
I started out saying that one of the reasons I write is because I can – I’m one of those people who, if they can’t do something well, would rather not do it at all. For some people, the end result of that attitude would be not doing anything at all, so I suppose you might say I’m pretty lucky.
You’d be wrong. It takes work, and a lot of it, over many years. (Note that this is not the same thing, at all, as being a perfectionist!)
NB: This is a slightly changed and expanded version, if you click through to the original.