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Blogging Frustrations and Feelings about Failure

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Information: Blogging Frustrations

Blogging has been around for almost twenty years now. Although some say blogging is on its way out, I don’t see a lot of people giving it up. Like everyone else, I sometimes have trouble coming up with material. But I have two primary frustrations with blogging right now.

  1. Someone else had the same idea. When I started Blog4Writers back in 2010, I searched and did not find anyone who was using a tagline like mine: “Information and Inspiration for Writers.” Recently, I have discovered two other blogs that use similar tag lines. Please understand: I’m not saying that they copied my idea. I’m just saying they had the same idea at some point. If you get a great idea, there’s a chance that it occurred to someone else. Check these out.
    1. Christian Writing Today (Information & Inspiration for Christian Writers): Visit the About page for details about the editor.
    2. JStokes Writing Ministries website and blog (Inspiration and information to help you live and write for the kingdom!). Jeaninne and I have exchanged ideas and encouraged each other since we discovered that our blogs have a similar theme.
  2. Someone else has my name. There’s a another Emily Akin, a consumer reporter for a Houston TV station. She encourages people to contact her with consumer complaints. Guess what happens when they search her name online? They find my contact page instead. I get one or two inquiries a week about a problem with a landlord or other consumer dilemma. I took the contact page down for a while. When I put it back up, I added graphics and a statement about my identity so that those who were looking for the other Emily Akin might know they were in the wrong place. Want a laugh? Take a look at my contact page. Believe it or not, I still get at least one inquiry per week. What else I can do besides change my name?

Inspiration: Feeling Like a Failure?

We writers struggle with all kinds of negative situations. We might experience harsh critiques from readers or critique partners. Our work is rejected by publishers—often. Sometimes successes are few and far between. When I’m feeling like a failure, I sometimes look for inspiration from other writers or historical figures who experienced hardships and prevailed. Here are a few of my favorites.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison

I don’t see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal. Jerry B. Jenkins

Readers, feel free to share your favorite encouraging quotes or frustrations with the writing life in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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8 Responses to Blogging Frustrations and Feelings about Failure

  1. Terry WhalinNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    Emily,

    I begin each day on my twitter feed with an encouraging quote. Here’s one from yesterday from Chuck Swindoll: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

    Admittedly the writing life is frustrating at times. Last week on my blog I wrote about what is holding you back as a writer. No matter what frustrations you face, there is a way around it–the key is to keep moving forward.

    Terry
    The Writing Life

    Follow Terry on Twitter here

  2. Crickett KeethNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    Emily, this is a great post and one which hits home with me. Every week, I struggle with, “why do I keep writing a blog? Is it making any difference?” But every time I try to quit, I can’t. I have to keep writing. So, thank you for writing this. It’s encouraging to know I’m not alone in my feelings. As long as the Lord lays on my heart to keep blogging, I will do it. I’ve often said, even if it just encouraged one person, it’s worth it. Thanks, Emily!

  3. Cecelia LesterNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Emily: I, too, have felt discouraged. Then, something happens that buoys my spirits. Re: someone else having your name. When I googled mine, I found another Cecelia Lester who lives in the east and is a doctor. I haven’t had any problem with people getting us confused. Sometimes, I include my middle initial when I sign my name. Would that help with eliminating the problem of getting that other Emily’s e-mail requests? Some married women use the initial of their maiden name. Just wanted to help you with your problem. Blessings on you and yours.

  4. Emily AkinNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks, Terry. I know you have encouraged a lot of writers in your time, both online and in person.

  5. Emily AkinNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    Yes, just think of the one sheep that was lost. That’s the one you need to reach. When I get in the mood to quit, someone “randomly” tells me how much my writings have meant to them. You reminded me of an experience that I need to share on the blog. Like Jerry Jenkins said, “Obedience is the goal.”

  6. Emily AkinNo Gravatar September 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Thanks, Cecelia. Strangely enough, my middle initial being “M” also causes problems. When I search for Emily M. Akin, my site does come up first. But there are quite a few people named Emily Makin in this world. So far, none of them are writers, though. My middle name is Beatrice. I really don’t like the name, but then, neither does anyone else. Thanks for your suggestions.

  7. Paula GeisterNo Gravatar September 21, 2016 at 3:00 am #

    These are universal problems for writers and and it’s fine to voice the frustrations in a healthy way. I’m hoping to stay upbeat and take my frustrations first to the Lord. However, sometimes it just feels so good to have a venting session with a flesh and blood person who understands. One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Edison (what a great example of perseverence and innovation): “There ain’t no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something.” While we do have certain rules put in place by God, I believe it helps to go with what God gave us as far as our intelligence and creativity within the bounds of His rules. Thanks for continuing to blog and support your fellow writers with information and inspiration. Cheers!

  8. Emily AkinNo Gravatar September 21, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    You’re right, Paula. We need to voice our frustrations or they will eat us up. And voicing them to God is the first step. Sharing them with other writers helps, too. God does indeed make the rules. The Jenkins quote is one of my favorites, “Obedience is the goal.”

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