When you have to chosen to be a writer or blogger, you would spend a lot of time churning out content. The task is even more challenging for a freelance or a full time writer may be required to write on topics that is not a personal favourite.
There will come a time when writers or bloggers suffer from burnout or writers block- you can be staring at your notebook for an hour or so without any inspiration for any content. When this lasts for more than a day or a week, it gets really demoralizing and stress gets added on to stress, causing even more stress since our bread and butter depends on it.
If we are working in a normal job 9-to-5 regular job, there are known protocols and step-by-step guide to follow. This is the challenge facing most people who have chosen to walk the creative field- that there isn’t a clear black-and-white, or yes-no way to approach the problem.
Below is an excerpt of an interview with Tash Aw by S.H Lim. Tash Aw, a Malaysian, is an award winning full time writer based in London. Like all of us, he also experienced the writer’s block and ‘down time’. He offered insight on how he handled this problem:
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In the end, as a blogger or webmaster, you’ve have to develop your unique style instead of being a follower in order to succeed. True, you can adapt business models and success routes by other leaders in the field but in the end, you’ve got to have our own unique proposition. And there have to be genuine interest and passion. If you are into anything purely to make money, there will not be long term sustained motivation. Halfway through or just some minor setbacks would be all you need to give up.
A number of the websites/blogs today I visit today seemed to have this trend:
- The primary focus of the blog is to endorse a product- but it does little to provide other value or solutions that visitors were looking for. So they never came back
- Spam blogs that work on stealing and copying contents of other blogs. Sometimes, the content are all similar with other blogs, except it is rewritten using different words to prevent search engine penalization for duplicate content. Advertisements are plastered all over the blog- the person attempts to make money through other people’s hard work. Normally it is only a matter of time before these people are being reported by the original authors.
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