Finding Your Passion for Blogging Again

Have you ever lost your passion for writing blog posts? I think it’s safe to assume that this has happened to you, someone you know, and of course people like me. Yes, it happened to me but was that something I set out to do? Of course not! The moment I realized my blog writing wasn’t receiving the attention it deserved from the writer, a.k.a. me, I had to ask the question “How did this all happen?”It isn’t something that happens on purpose. A lot of factors contribute to this. Some of us lead very busy lives but I don’t want you to assume that I’m saying “I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to write a blog post.” Because, well, that’s avoiding responsibility and if I said something like that to Head dragon Master, Ric Dragon, I know he would respond with “Own it!” I don’t like hearing him say that so I make sure to own up to my responsibilities, to avoid hearing such words. Ric’s a great guy though, so don’t get the impression that he’s not. You can tell by his beard. (See example below)

Ric Dragon (White Hat SEO) Vs Jeff Bridges (Black hat SEO)

Anyway, I realized that the reason I hadn’t written a blog post in so long was due to one reason: There was no passion or desire to write a blog post inside of me. It really bugs me to write that and to hear myself say it inside of my head, but that was the truth. So here I sit writing a blog post for you, my internet friends, on how to discover your passion…again.

Personal Life vs. Work Life

It’s a constant uphill battle when it comes to balancing your personal life and work life. We strive for this balance so one side doesn’t pour over into the other because that proves to be disastrous in most cases. Why is this? The answer is fairly simple: It’s the negative aspects of our lives that get the best of us. Listen, no one’s perfect. Sometimes you have a rough day and you can’t help but think about the things that are stressing you out but if you let the stress get to you, productivity in your personal lives and work lives will meet a slow demise. Sometimes this could lead to the neglect of certain things we task ourselves with, like a blog, for example, but fear not brave internet warriors. There are ways to counteract these unfavorable times.

Drive Your Passion

You always hear about passion driving us but why can’t we turn the tables? Is it so outlandish to think that we can get behind the wheel of our own passion and drive it to the destination we choose? I don’t think so. Passion is a strong feeling but you need to take control to give it direction. While on Twitter the other day, I saw part of a tweet that read “Passion is overrated” Perhaps it was taken out of context and for all I know it could have just been a small joke between two people, but that fragment adhered to my thoughts like a leech. I had to humbly disagree. Without passion, aren’t you just getting by? You need passion to make both your work and personal life meaningful and whether you’re blogging for work or just for yourself, this is a major factor. Now the question is how do we rediscover this passion?

Re-identifying Your Passion and Utilizing It

Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath, take a step back and review your past blog posts. This, I find, helps you rediscover your passion. It’s a clarifying moment when you think “Oh. That’s what I was about.” After reading Ric’s blog post about corporate wellbeing programs and social media I noticed that Ric had a passion for history and it shined within his blog post. In fact, Ric is always able to get his point across by relating it to a historical event which I find to be rather cool. This is just an example but everyone’s passion is tailored specifically to their personality. For someone like me, my passions lie within art and music. Both of which, I wasn’t actively participating in and it directly correlated with my blog writing ceasing to be. Coincidence? I think not. Once I realized this I decided to draw up a little infograph for our DragonSearch Facebook page, based off of the results from a question we posed using the new Facebook Questions feature. The question: Are you familiar with how to use Twitter?

Are you familiar with how to use Twitter? Infograph based off of Facebook Questions Poll

I figured I would accomplish two things at once, killing the proverbial two birds with one stone.  As you see in the picture I created a cartoon character to accompany my infographic. At work, I’m passionate about social media. Outside of work I’m passionate about art and music. Do you see where I’m going with this? Like I said before, Everyone’s passion is tailored specifically to their personality. It’s not a something you engage with a cookie cutter approach which brings me to my next point.

Don’t Flip Burgers

This is a fundamental rule over here at DragonSearch. We don’t flip burgers. Everything we do is highly strategized and executed. There is no cut and paste. This is a rule not only do I apply to my work but also apply to my life but I’m only human and as a human I made a mistake. I started “burger flipping” when I wasn’t at work. I developed these routines for myself that I didn’t even realize I had done! As a result, I got in a “funk” as I like to call it and it obviously affected my blog writing. Word to the wise: Sometimes routine is good, but a routine without meaning or accomplishment isn’t.  Just ask Andrew Dice Clay.

Hopefully after reading this, that is to say, if you are one who needs to re-find their passion, this will help. What do you think? Do you think passion is overrated?

 

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4 comments on “Finding Your Passion for Blogging Again

Shonet Newton

Mike,

You make quite a few valid points about the myriad reasons people stop blogging. There is usually more than one reason why people neglect a blog they initially enjoyed.

If those who have blogs have lost lost interest, then I’d say it’s time to reevaluate why the blog was started in the first place. I’ll admit I’m guilty of abandoning my first blog, mainly because of the imbalance in my work life vs. personal life, but also because I didn’t have the passion for the focus of the blog. Hence, it floats out there in cyberspace like an outdated satellite.

Speaking about using your passion in a blog, here’s an interesting article that addresses similar issues.

http://www.careerealism.com/2-important-myths-passion/


Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu

Hey Mike,

I think a lot of this “passion” thing can come from actually being interested in what other people are saying on a topic or question. We all know the truism “social media is not broadcast”, but I think a lot of people forget that though when it comes to writer’s block, or “passion block”. When it is time to write a blog post I think often people come to the duty with a kind of “What do I have inside me to broadcast?” question, as a default of old habits when thinking about media, and also thinking about what might be interesting about ourselves in the world.

So, I certainly agree that locating your passion, and writing from it is key to effective, compelling blog writing, but a secret back door way into that is significantly being interested in other people’s ideas around one’s supposed passion. By getting involved in what others are saying (A blog search on Google perhaps?) right away there is a content waiting for you, and already an invested other. This is something I forget too. Blog about what someone else has said, and what you might think about it. Direct your audience over to someone else when possible. Sometimes it is missed that blogs are a social media community, not just a tab on a website, and that the strength of purpose in them is to horizontally connect people.

By connecting to what others are already saying, the wheels start turning I have found. No longer are you the source of the content, the “conversation” is.

Great post on passion and blogging. Glad you made me think more about the same for me.

Cheers,

Kevin
@mediasres


Michele Price

Love the “flipping burgers”.

Too many people settle for flipping burgers or try to sell to a customer with a flipping burger mindset when that is not their market.

I had a marketer try to sell me on putting everything I did to a formula and give just packaged services only. They thought that would increase the business growth.

BIG mistake. I am not a bugger flipper. Like my friend Gary Vaynerchuk I care too much to do the fast food version.

Mike I like that you are asking good questions, that is key to being able to go deep on any topic.

If you feel time is an issue for work life balance I would recommend you read a book by Gay Hendricks called The Big Leap-study living in Einstein Time chapter ;)


billcarlo23

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