So, it's been a couple of months since I began to blog.
At first, the words poured out so fast I figured I'd never run out, and so I committed to posting five days a week.
Then I started to struggle. In hindsight, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.
I became over-conscious of what I was writing. All the little (critical) voices in my head, which had been surprisingly quiet to that point, started clearing their throats, whispering behind their hands, and snickering.
Too many pictures! the voices said. Too much weather! they said. Too much humour that relies on being able to see the writer raising an eyebrow or winking. Too many big words, too many simple words, too many words, period. Too many links, too much use of the phrase "a lot", too self-centred, too friggin' much about the cats ...
The ideas dried up under the onslaught. Self-censoring and self-editing were not improving my work; they were murdering it.
In what was probably a happy coincidence right about then, life became unexpectedly busy and I had less time to think about writing and less access to our home computer. Such is life; I went to twice-a-week posting, and I don't regret it. And I've told the voices in my head to move along, nothing to see here, vamoose now like good little voices.
Still, I am curious about how other people managed their blogs at first. If you choose to answer, you can use the questions below or anything else that springs to mind.
Do you remember your first few weeks or months of blogging?
Did you have a firm goal or purpose in mind when you began, or did that evolve over time?
What advice would you give a newbie?