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.
- 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.
- Christian Writing Today (Information & Inspiration for Christian Writers): Visit the About page for details about the editor (http://www.christianwritingtoday.com/about/).
- 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.
- 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.