As a lover of blogs, many times I would find public blogs in the blogosphere that terminated abruptly without a proper closure from the authors. One week of unannounced hiatus from blogging could easily stretch to months, years and eventually become an evermore farewell. You will not pose much of a disturbance to the blogosphere if you are writing for yourself, keeping a private journaling blog set only for your viewing.
However, to sustain the practice of online spiritual journaling still requires discipline and consistency on your part as there is no one to monitor your progress and to cheer you from the sideline.
I think a good way to help you to upkeep and maintain your blog is to see your blog as a living organism. You have to keep it healthy and alive! Some blogs stay in a coma and get resurrected after years. Can you imagine waiting for a part 2 post of a story from a public blog that you are following regularly and finally getting it, after years?
Also, the consistency of the posts reflects whether the blog or her author is healthy or not. Has any problem occurred to the the “DNA” (focus, direction and scope) of the blog? Has any event in the author’s life disturbed his/her motivation and clear frame of mind to write? I had derived these from my own experiences when I failed to sustain a private interest blog and eventually had to leave it dormant (Fortunately, I had revamped and revived this blog during the course of writing Secret place blogging!).
Be consistent. Set from the start the minimum number of posts that you will post every week, every month, or unfortunately, every year, and stick to that. For a private journaling blog, it is still valuable to have a yearly posted one, though it will be difficult to write a quality yearly summary post relying on your memory without any notes taken throughout the year.
When I was creating this blog, Secret place blogging, I found it really difficult to make any progress because of procrastination and a mental block (Some call it the writer’s block). I found the secret to get things moving lies in getting myself to visit my blog (logging in with the user name and password). If I do get past doing that, then I will be able to get some work done at least on the unfinished blog and make some progress. When I continue to do that, momentum will build up, I will become more productive and will eventually complete the blog, which I did. Good job!
Give yourself ample preparation time for the following before you officially start your private journaling blog so nothing will disrupt the momentum once you have started your blog.
Settings, customization and design
Get all the settings, customization and design done step by step. You must love your blog to want to visit it regularly, so take time to construct it in a way that you will love to visit and write in it. The next page of this blog – Get started now – talks more about how to get these done.
Set the “DNA” (focus, direction and scope)
Set the “DNA” (focus, direction and scope) of the blog right at the start by writing the “About” page. A well-written “About” page clearly defines what you set out to achieve in your private blog and gives you the scope of the topics that you can write about. You will also define the minimum number of posts that you will post in your blog (goal) and set a dateline when you will conclude and end your first blog (preferably in a year’s time or less). Successfully concluding your first blog gives you the sense of accomplishment to continue blogging.
Also construct the items in your menu, other pages besides the default ones, and post categories. You can also write a few introductory posts to get used to writing before writing and posting the official first post.
If you need more examples on how to write an “About” page, you can read my previous post – My own journey of online spiritual journaling.
Hope the “About” pages have given you more ideas and clarity to construct yours.
The next page of this blog – Get started now – talks more about how to get all of these done.
Set the date or event for the official first post to launch
Set an official date or event that you will start your blog. A year from it will be your one year anniversary of blogging which you can celebrate.
The official first post on the start date is important to kick-start and propel you, to give you the necessary momentum to continue writing.
After posting the official first post, do not hold back any impulse to write and post in your blog having the fear that you will mess up your blog. The limit which you have set is for the minimum. You can have several posts a day. Keep posting to create a momentum to write and post regularly. Also re-read and edit the posts that you had written and posted every time you visit your blog before you write a new one. Make this a ritual to re-read, edit, write and post a new one.
Eventually you will get used to this ritual, and reach your dateline, assuming in one year’s time, in no time. Celebrate. Email and share with me.
If you do experience a writer’s block, which is rare, you can still write and post a short post consisting of one or two sentences to describe your emotions to keep the ritual going. A writer’s block doesn’t last, your blog will (A cliche or prophecy?).
Keep and maintain your momentum. It is the life of your blog!