I talked last week about how I’m enjoying using the Editorial Calendar plugin to help organize and plan my content here. It’s helped me plan out my content this week and last as I rededicated to blogging 6 times a week.
Well all last week and all this week, there’s been a blank spot on Friday, Sept 11th. I simply couldn’t decide on a topic for today’s post. Now in the past, my blogging philosophy has always been if I can’t write something awesome, don’t write anything at all. Which sounds like a good idea. The problem I would often run into was, if I missed one day, it seemed to increase the pressure to make sure I got a post out the next day. But it also had to be an ‘awesome’ post. So if I couldn’t come up with an idea for an ‘awesome’ post on that 2nd day, just wait till the 3rd. After I had gone 2-3 days without blogging, it was very easy to justify not blogging again till I had that ‘awesome’ idea.
As you can imagine, that often led to gaps of a week or two between posts. Sometimes longer.
When I was planning out the ‘relaunch’ of my blog over the last few weeks, it came after I saw this wonderful interview given by Kobe Bryant. What really struck me was this portion here Kobe talked about how he had to show up every day:
Kobe’s comments about showing up every day and being faithful to the people who were paying to see him resonated with me. I was thinking of two separate stories that relate to the value of showing up, and what happens when you don’t.
When I first started blogging in 2005, I had no idea what I was doing, and I wanted to study how other people were blogging in order to improve my craft. I would use Technorati’s blog search (remember them?) to find new blogs, and I wanted to find great blogs that weren’t yet ‘known’, but I also wanted to see how other new bloggers were growing their blogs. I found this one blog, and I started with the first post on the blog. For the first couple of weeks, the blogger had a new post every day like clockwork. Then starting on the third week, the posts came every other day. Then one post the fourth week. Then a couple of weeks later, the title was the post “Why isn’t anyone commenting on this blog???”
That was the last post on the blog. I knew at that point I’d just seen this blog die. Anyone that’s started a new blog knows that it typically takes months if not years to build a decent and engaged readership. Especially in 2020.
Here’s the second story that Kobe’s comments reminded me of. I talked yesterday about how Twitch content creator Nickmercs is using YouTube to create new content. Nick regularly gets over 100,000 viewers for his Twitch streams. That’s in 2020, so keep that in mind when you see this tweet from 2014:
It’a not a sprint, it’s a marathon. pic.twitter.com/9tmRx4BbVg
— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) August 19, 2020
Here’s Nick in 2014, 6 years ago, happy that he had 170 viewers for that day’s stream. From 170 to 100,000 in 6 years. Not bad.
So I think there’s value in creating the best possible content you can, but it’s also important to show up as often as you can.
Or as Seth Godin likes to say “Done is better than perfect.”
Well today’s post is Done. The blank space on the calendar is filled. On to tomorrow.