Are You Dumb Enough To Blog?

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Frustrated_Getty Image“Why the hell am I doing this?”  “Does anyone read my posts?”  “It’s hard to make time time to write.”  “I don’t know what to write about.”  “What’s the ROI, anyway?!”

Danger.  Danger.  Danger.

Any of these questions and doubts show up for you?  The Breakfast Blogging Club usually meets twice a month in person.  Sometimes, it feels like a long time in between meetings.  During these long stretches, I often ponder, “Am I making a difference for anyone?”

Danger.  Danger.

With all that time between meetings, I start to doubt why I do the BBC.  During and after our meetings, I’m in heaven.  I love the people. I like to share information. I like to think I’m good at creating an environment that’s energetic, supportive and conducive to learning.  And I like to see the look on people’s faces when they ‘get’ it, and am pleased when participants take action and publish their blog posts.

But in between, I go into a funk.

Why the hell am I doing this?

GremlinI hear that internal grumbling gremlin, “It doesn’t make a lot of money.”  “You should be doing something else instead.”  “Why aren’t you ______?!”

I think it has something to do with being by myself most days.  It’s probably the one thing about being an entrepreneur that bugs me the most.

There’s no tidy conclusion to this post.  It’s all a journey and an evolution.  I’ll keep at it.

How about you?  Do you ever feel this way?  And what do you do when it happens?


7 Comments on Are You Dumb Enough To Blog?

  1. Beth Barany on Wed, 3rd Feb 2010 11:35 am
  2. Love your photos! And that gremlin. I think I know him personally…

    I hear you. The isolation of being a solo-entrepreneur can kill ya’.

    Like many solo-entrepreneurs, I work in cafes; I ask strangers weird questions to get the creative juices flowing; and I picked up the phone and call folks when i’m feeling stir crazy.

  3. Mary Doan on Wed, 3rd Feb 2010 7:21 pm
  4. I always wonder, “is anybody out there?”, especially when I go a few days with no comments! I try not to look too often, but it’s hard sometimes!

  5. Ien on Wed, 3rd Feb 2010 7:58 pm
  6. Thank you, Beth.
    Nothing makes me feel more connected (today, at least) than shared isolation.

  7. allison bliss on Thu, 4th Feb 2010 12:05 pm
  8. Oh baby, do I feel this way most of the time! who’s actually reading my blog? how is it furthering my marketing? I had some good interest with my OLD blog in the early days of blogging eons ago, but my current one stinks, is not building audience as fast as I’d hoped and I’m not sure it gives any value that people appreciate. I so so so need your club. Now if only you pull out a few hours of time from the sky for me I’d be there. One day, one day!

  9. Beth Barany on Fri, 5th Feb 2010 2:57 am
  10. Ien: I love that — shared isolation.

    Allison: We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Mary: I know it’s fun to get comments. I like them too!

  11. JP McDermott on Mon, 8th Feb 2010 4:31 pm
  12. Yes I feel that way – and then I’ll get a comment (like this one 🙂 that my post meant something to the reader and I feel like I am making a little bit of a difference. I think the key to successful blogging is to sustain your writing and don’t give up.
    You’re doing a great thing, Cheryl!

  13. Cheryl on Wed, 17th Feb 2010 2:17 pm
  14. Thanks for the comment, JP. I think, when we boil down everything we do in our work and even in life, we want to make a difference. And often times, that difference isn’t apparent. You are right on when you say don’t give up!