Writer's Block & Posting For The Sake Of Posting
I think the title of this blog post says it all, but still, today I would like to discuss the aforementioned topics as they are related and I consider this to be an important issue in regards to content creation online.
I've had writer's block in the past and I have it again right now. But as usual, the idea of writing the post I'm writing now came naturally. It wasn't forced, nor did I sit thinking about what to write. It is my personal view that all the best ideas come at different times, so you've just got to be patient.
I am a big fan of Youtube and subscribe to many different channels that produce varied content. I've been using Youtube since the very beginning and even have my own channel (although it's full of very basic, unprofessional music videos). I remember when I tried to create my own content back in 2010 in a unsuccessful attempt at joining the Youtube community and becoming one of the many millions of content creators. I deleted my videos pretty soon thereafter, simply because they were awful, but more importantly, because they were forced. This is where the 'posting for the sake of posting' element comes into play. I stopped then because I knew that what I was creating was not entertaining or in anyway useful to anyone. These videos wouldn't even get me the views and potential revenue that I craved at the time. It was cringe-worthy stuff believe me....
But anyway, the point in all of this is that I see Youtubers and content creators alike (bloggers, writers etc) who will produce anything just to achieve the views or interest that they crave all the time. I feel that this is a very negative way of approaching content creation. This can lead to obsession and in extreme cases can lead to incidents such as Logan Paul's recent mistake. I feel as though the best thing to do is to attempt content creation naturally (i.e. when an idea comes, embrace it and work on it). Don't attempt to force ideas just to keep your audience engaged. People aren't stupid, they will realise and your work will generate the right kind of impression.
I feel as though this is exactly what I did with 'Englishman In Estonia #10'. I'd been ill for the past 3 days and just wanted to get something out there to capitalize on the recent increase in Facebook likes and website views I had achieved off the back of the Estonian World article I posted.
In summary, I think it's important to simply produce and release content when the time is right, and you have spent time perfecting it and making it good enough for your audience. But remember, this is for you. One thing I had to learn is that everything creative types produce should always be for themselves and never simply for the purpose of pleasing the audience. No matter what you do in life, people will love you and hate you simultaneously, so you might as well do what you want and not care!
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- Christian Reeve
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