Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Writing a Blog is Hard


Did someone say writing a blog was easy?  Well, after struggling with my first blog post, you will certainly never hear those words come from my mouth.  It is tough.

I admire the bloggers who have a bottomless pit of blog ideas, the bloggers who can post every day of the week and still have time to have a life.  I envy those bloggers.  I want to be one of those bloggers, or do I?

I have to admit, I entered the world of blogging with a credulous mindset.  I have always loved to write, but up until the past couple of years, my writing was private.  It was between the computer and me. Two years ago, when I made the decision to take my writing to the next level and began entering contests, it was then between the judge and me.

Writing a blog has propelled me into unchartered territory.  It is not just between my computer and me.  When I select publish, it is out there, a permanent fixture in cyberspace for anyone to criticize.  For me, that is scary.

Taking criticism has never been one of my strong points.  I remember when I was in the third grade and missed one word on the spelling test, a classmate said, “That word is so easy.  How could you miss that?”  I felt so ashamed.  I cried myself to sleep that night believing I was the dumbest student in my class.

For me to leave my cozy and private cocoon to begin a blog is certainly out of my comfort zone, but I feel it is necessary.  I will never move forward with my passion by not taking a chance and putting my writing out there for others to read.

What is the worst thing that can happen?  So what if people think it is bad?  I am only beginning my journey.  There is still so much to learn.  I feel I have everything to gain by announcing to the world, I am a writer.  Yes, I am still in the infancy stage, but I will not be afraid.   It is in my blood and I want to let everyone know.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

8 thoughts on “Writing a Blog is Hard

  1. Writing a blog has propelled me into unchartered territory. It is not just between my computer and me. When I select publish, it is out there, a permanent fixture in cyberspace for anyone to criticize.

    This is how I feel too. I’ve tried blogging a couple of times before, but dropped it, through a combination of not having a clear idea of what I wanted to blog about and not really wanting to ‘put myself out there’.

    Now all I want to do is showcase my writing. I don’t mind getting crits on my work, constructive or otherwise, because I can use that to work out what makes a reading audience tick (and thus improve my writing).

    Basically, I have moved from writing in an isolated vacuum, to writing for an audience. Its a daunting shift, but one I need to make if I want to improve as a writer.


    • Thanks for stopping by! It’s nice to know I’m not alone. You have taken a big step by putting your writing on your blog, good for you! You’re so right, it will make you a better writer. Maybe one day I will be that brave.


  2. I think you will find blogging to be a great stress relief, and often times fun! I decided early on I was writing for myself. Of course, we all want others to read it and like it, but the best part for me is the writing. There are times where I struggle, and sometimes when the ideas flow freely. My longest dry spell was about 2 months- other than that I have posted regularly for almost 2 years! Good luck to you, and welcome to the blogosphere!


  3. “I will never move forward with my passion by not taking a chance”

    That is such a true statement and can be applied to many endeavors, not just writing. That is the mindset we should all approach each day.


  4. The hardest part I found was working out that I needed to be honest to myself. If you write a blog trying to guess what other people want, you’ll never be comfortable. Be true to what you feel and it will come naturally.

    Good luck from another new blogger.


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