MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis which is my diagnosis of choice. I feel the need to say this because not everyone knows/remembers that I have MS and some people may not know what MS stands for… so there you have it.
This post is based off of 7 blogging hurdles and how to overcome them – a personal account. When I read, liked and commented on this post of Goldie’s , the idea of coming up with one from an MS perspective, was born!
Before I start, I want to say that Goldie has an amazing site. If you have not been there already, please be sure to check it out because it is more than amazing. Each post is full of thought-provoking content that is entertaining and intriguing to read.
7 Blogging Hurdles that I Face with MS
- Getting side tracked is the biggest hurdle that I face when it comes to completing a post. For instance, I have started some posts multiple times and then edited, re-edited, then read it all over again over the span of a few days and sometimes a week. I used to start my posts multiple times because I would get side tracked and begin doing other things that needed to be done. How do I combat this? I am glad that you asked… Now, I have learned to sit down to blog when all my other tasks are complete. If something pops up while I am in the middle of blogging, I make a note of what needs to be done so that I can go back to it when I have finished my post. This does not always work because… life happens! Sometimes things still pop up that override my writing. However, I have noticed that since I started putting other things on hold while I write, my writing has improved.
This video is comical and it shows what “side tracking” can do!
2. Noise and distractions are a close second on my list! I need the room to be quite when I write or I cannot concentrate… at all! I have to take a break from writing when there is a conversation going on, loud laughter in another room, a loud show on TV, the phone ringing, my dog barking or anything else. So, in order to avoid these distractions, I plan my writing around the noisy periods and sit down to write when I know the house will be quite. Sometimes I get a surprise and the house might have noise in the “normal quite time” periods, so I have learned to write in the kitchen with the door closed, because nobody else goes in the kitchen unless it is time to eat! 😉
3. Forgetfulness is an MS gift that MSers must learn to live with. When I first started blogging I had a plan, but I found out that I forgot what it was from time to time. So, in an effort to never forget my plan again, I came up with a schedule for myself.
- Mondays I like to educate and /or inspire others.
- Wednesdays I share a recipe.
- Fridays are my fun day with art, a newby poem (up to my third now), crochet or a visit to somewhere that I have been.
- Sundays are my favorite because I talk about my walk with God.
4. Diminishing skills are something else that I feel MSers must learn to accept. With me, I have found that my spelling of easy and hard words alike, are slipping from my memory bank. I love Google because of this! She is my friend!! 🙂
5. Getting overwhelmed happens to me so easily! I am not sure whether or not this is tied to MS or if it is simply a Christy trait. I will still give you my remedy just the same… PACE yourself and breathe! At the end of the day, who cares if you did not post on that particular day. No boss will call and say that you are late. You will not even get a comment asking why you missed a day. So, put up what you can when you can. Also, use tools like the scheduler so that you can write more on the days that you have time to do so, and simply schedule them for the time that you do not have time to write.
6. Staying motivated has not reared its ugly head up on me yet, but I see where it can given enough time, so let’s talk about it. Goldie had some extremely great points on this topic so please be sure to read those as well. I would simply like to add that having pep talks with yourself works wonders! In life, we tend to complain and/or get complacent over time. So, after putting more time in, you may need to remind yourself that you are doing this blogging thing for… you, for your readers, or for whatever reason you originally had. Staying abreast of your mission helps you stay focused and kepps you going!
7. Never stop learning! With MS it can be a bit more of a challenge, but who cares! In life we teach ourselves the things that we want and need to learn to succeed. Currently I am learning about ways to write better, and I am trying to learn Romanian. Both challenging but I will be better for it in the end. My writing will be too!
What hurdles do you face? How do you address them?
I hope that this finds you all having a great Monday! I hope that you have an amazing week too!