I figured it might be a good idea to start off my new blog with looking back on my first ever blogging project and why I did not manage to keep it up. Therefore, I am wondering about what is really meant by the idiom “Consistency is Key” and what I have confused it with in the past.
Although this blog is an all-new project of mine, it is not the first blog post I am ever writing. In fact, I created my first blog just shortly before going to China for studying two and a half years ago. Back then, I wanted to write all around traveling and document all the amazing things I experienced during my time abroad. It worked well for a while and I received great feedback from family and friends, but eventually I lost interest and my drive to continue publishing. What happened?
Driven by Expectations Rather Than Joy
Reflecting about why I started the travel blog in the first place, today I know that I was probably too focused on what I was expecting to come out of it, also on what I imagined others to expect from it. I really enjoyed the process of setting up my first blog in WordPress, learning all those web design basics and tweaking every small detail, every pixel. But then when it was actually time to start publishing, some of the joy faded away.
I felt like now that everything was set up and ready I need to deliver. I started putting deadlines to publish new articles and to post random inspirational quotes on social media, just for the sake of keeping things going. Long story short, the blog doesn’t exist anymore and under its domain you can apparently now find a shitty clothing shop.1 Rest in peace.
I managed myself to kill the joy of publishing on my own blog by trying to make it fit all the requirements and rules I thought exist.
Turning off my Street Lights
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash
Learning from my own experiences, today I have a very different view and plan for this blog right here. My best friend came up with a well-fitting metaphor for the situation I was in for the most part of the last years, trying out lots of stuff.
I was behaving like a moth in the night being stuck with lots of
So now, instead of being stuck with the street lights, I turn them off or find myself a nice little forest without light around and focus on what is coming from within myself. Apparently, not just metaphorically, street lights really make it difficult for
Not Looking for a Key, but a Consistent Me
Based on my own experiences, I now know that consistency alone, as in steadiness, is not enough for me to be able to stick with working on something. It needs to be connected to joy from within myself for it to be sustainable.
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- The domain of my first blog Journey of Bliss.
- Article about street lights distracting moths from pollinating plants on The Independent.