My Guru’s Advice Finally Came Back to Haunt Me


My blogging guru warned me.

When I read his advice on blogging several years ago, he said that I should have a stash of articles in my writing quiver in case I hit a dry spell.

I didn’t do it.

I faithfully wrote something twice a week almost every week for years. Then it hit me.

Call it writer’s block. Lack of time. Loss of interest. A passion recess. Whatever it was, it infected me last summer.

I’ve been thinking about why I started this blog and how long I want to keep it up. I started blogging in 2004 to promote my first book. According to the publishing gurus, a successful author has to keep an online presence/platform in order to sell books.

Here’s a sad fact: I haven’t built a large platform or sold a lot of books. Since this is true, it’s hard to get inspired to write a book and keep a blog going when you don’t see a significant increase in readers.

Could be a clue that maybe my writing isn’t that wonderful…

Or it could be that some people like my stuff but we live in such a cluttered, information-overloaded world that it’s hard for readers to notice.

(I’d like to think that the reason for a lack of increase in readers is the second reason, not the first.)

Whatever is going on, I’m not ready to recommit yet to twice a week blog posts. I might do it and I might not. The truth is most people will never know or care. I do want to continue Mission 227  whether I do it publicly or not.

I’m okay with that.

But for those of you who HAVE noticed my recent slackness, THANKS for noticing! Thanks for asking when I’m going to write something again. Thanks for asking about my writing projects. (I’ve been invited to write an article for Leadership Journal. I have to get on that. Still need to finish my second novel too.) Thanks for encouraging me. Obviously, I’ve needed it.

I’m putting this in my quiver for next week. I’m going to start another one when I finish this one.

Maybe inspiration is coming back…

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  1. Jeremy Myers says:

    I have about 150 articles in my quiver. The problem is that about 148 of them are junk. I posted two of them this past week, and my wife said to me “Um… when did you write this post?” “Why?” I asked. “Well…. it’s just not… your normal writing… quality.”

    Yes, she was very tactful.

    I have found that if I write a post and then save it for later, I don’t like it when I get back around to it later.

    Anyway, I am glad you are writing however much you can write. It is tough to keep pumping out material.

  2. elena says:

    I want to encourage you. I even translated your post “My life is perfect” in Italian. Lots of people liked it1
    My blog is about minimalism, simple living and personal growth. I am one of the few born again Christians in Italy and I translate meditations from English into Italian, since we haven’t got lots of resources available in our language.
    Here is the link to the post I translated
    May God bless you

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