Writing

My Blogging Playbook

I asked WordPress to delete all the content on Stealing Your Sunbeams, my blog of 10 years. It had some interesting posts in it, but I’m not overly sentimental about it.

Truth be told, I’m surprised that blog hung around for that long. I frequently get sick of the same old thing when blogging, especially as the posts pile up – I prefer the honeymoon stage of blogging, when you’re all fired up about your blog name and design and cooking up new posts.

As I want to write more often and not just sporadically, I’m starting to think that perhaps it’s a matter of discipline and commitment. Too often, I waste my time dicking around on the Internet, arguing with strangers online about how Duterte’s offensive remarks are disgusting and damaging. Looking back, I could have used that time and energy better by working on this blog, my pet project.
Another thing: I’m easily distracted. I’m like a dog who immediately drops everything he’s doing once he sees a squirrel. I needed a plan to make sure I don’t let this blog stagnate as I am prone to do with my previous ones.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at the blogging plan I just came up with:

  1. Commit. I am going to post at least once a week in this blog. If, of course, something important comes up, I will excuse myself; otherwise, I’m going to dedicate myself to this blog.
  2. Eliminate distractions. Looking at you, Facebook, you sunuvabitch.
  3. Since focus is the key, I’m going to do the Pomodoro technique of working for 25 minutes straight then taking a short break, then returning to writing.
  4. Speaking of focus, iA Writer (I use it on my iPad) is a zenware text editor that is so goddamn plain that you have no freakin’ choice but to keep typing. It eliminated features and designs that clutter most other word processors. Granted, it’s not as feature-rich, but that’s not the point of this software.
  5. I’ll be blogging for humans, not for SEO. While I realize that SEO is so important to get hits on your page, trying to meet the “optimum” keyword count can sound robotic and repetitive. I’ll do what I have to do to be SEO-friendly, but my posts will not revolve around that.

Of course, quantity can never make up for quality posts. I’ll be doing my best to ensure that everything I put on this blog is something I am proud of, something that I won’t regret posting. Just because I want to be more aggressive in posting, doesn’t mean I want shitty content attached to my name.
As I start doing all this, I am hopeful that I’ll become better at writing. Tighter sentences, a richer vocabulary, and better paragraph structures… these are all things I want to work on. So, dear reader, it falls upon you to critique my work. Use the comments section and tell me (politely!) what I can do to improve.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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