Is It Really Worth It?

in Silver Bloggers5 months ago (edited)

I've been on Hive for a few months now. In the beginning it seemed quite easy. Everyday, except on some weekend days when I was busy with family things, I would turn up on Hive, via my favourite DAPP Ecency, and write something. I was always encouraged by the response I got, which made me want to write even more. I was thoroughly enjoying my Hive experience.

Of course there were days when I just didn't know what to write about. I'm not a writer in the sense that I'm a trained writer. Some days I would stare at the screen, but eventually I would come up with something. The great thing about when you first start on Hive is that everyone wants to encourage you, there are people on here who go out looking for newbies in order to encourage them to stay. The problem I found is that it gives a bit of a false sense of how well you are doing because once that stops you start to see your posts tank. Then you start to wonder if all that early attention was not a real reflection of the quality of your writing. Or at least that's what I have found.

At first I ploughed along doggedly, determined to build something on Hive that will last. But then I stopped posting while I was away on holiday with my wife. Since coming back home I have struggled to get started again. All my good intentions of posting, commenting on at least 5 posts and curating new content have not come into fruition. It's like an inertia has come over me. Even writing this post has taken a monumental effort, as I'm writing I feel like stopping.

Maybe it's inevitable when it comes to something like this. At the beginning you have lots of enthusiasm that keeps you going even when it isn't easy, but it then it tails off as you realise that anything worthwhile takes work and determination. It could well be that the sense of inertia I feel is nothing more than laziness. Some of it is no doubt discouragement from when I've written something and it's lay virtually unread in the depths of the blockchain.

So what's the answer to this? If I'm honest I'm not sure apart from forcing myself to spend time on Hive even when everything in me is screaming to do something else. The problem with that is posting just because I feel that I have to post may just make it a chore, and what I write will be even more uninteresting.

What am I to do? I will probably plod long trying to post and get involved on Hive as much as I can and hope that something will spark my original enthusiasm for it. Time will only tell if this is successful. At the moment I'm still wondering if it's worth it.

I couldn't find a photo to fit this post so the picture is of me sat in my garden. Taken on my laptop.

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You actually know what the issue as you've said it yourself.

When you're writing for the sake of writing and it becomes a chore, that's when things start to go wrong. Some people write everyday because it comes natural to them, others shit post every day because they want those 10 cents, and that will eventually stop as well when they run out of content to shit post and start plagiarising.

If you're neither of these groups, then just post when you feel like it. Being active on hive doesn't mean you have to post. You can just engage and comment. It's equally effective and regarding

 5 months ago  

Yes, you're right. I have got out of the habit of being active on here. Part of it is feeling the need to post everyday. Maybe I need to get back to just interacting on here rather than Facebook!

I'm sure people would appreciate you being active here on Hive, loads of people do it and don't post often.

I'm just using FB to keep in touch with a handful bif friends and family other than it's getting more and more annoying now with loads of ads!

Like everything, my interest in blogging ebbs and flows. Sometimes I want to do it everyday, and then for a while I really don't.

 5 months ago  

That makes sense. It's difficult to maintain consistency, but at the same time if you write just because you feel you ought to, the chances are that what you write won't be that good.

I didn't know what to expect when I joined Hive (which was another name back then). I had a couple of good friends that were here and they encouraged me to come. At first I posted nearly every day, only skipping a day here or there. Since I wasn't used to writing daily, it eventually got a little harder to figure out what to post. Over time, I have leveled out to just posting when the spirit hits me. Sometimes I don't post for days or a few times, even weeks. Other times, I post multiple days back to back, simply because things came to mind that I felt like sharing.

I think the key for me is not putting pressure on myself to post when nothing is in my mind to post about. That way when I do post, it is all fun. I do come in every day and throw some votes and comments around. Eventually I have created some good relationships with folks that post about things I like. It does take time and consistent engagement with others.

Hang in there and don't fret about it.

 5 months ago  

Thank you for your encouragement. I have decided to at least try and spend some time commenting and voting every day. I don't think I will put pressure on myself to write something every day as like you say, it takes the fun out of it.

You probably keep going and keep going because when one lose encouragement, you need to encourage yourself from within

 5 months ago  

I agree sometimes we just need to give ourselves some encouragement.

This is a good honest testimonial of some of the struggles on here.
I agree there's definitely a lot of support and encouragement for people to keep posting when you first join and then it drops off... It can feel like a ghost town on my page even when I've been on here for years and made a lot of connections, especially compared to my Facebook page.

However, I think it can help if you limit yourself to posting about things that are really interesting to you so that you enjoy it regardless of the reception you get and then others will likely find it more interesting as well because you are more passionate about it yourself.

Additionally one of the keys to success on here is to join the discord channels and socialize with people further and make a bunch of friends or join the various groups. I don't really have that in me and thus I'll likely never reach the levels some of the bigger names reach, but if you're willing to go into the private rooms and socialize in a similar way that people in big business and government do behind the scenes and make connections that way you'll do much better.

It's a difficult platform in my opinion, but it's also very rewarding in ways too if you stick with it. Try not to burn yourself out too much though! Do it if you enjoy it, otherwise people will likely be able to tell that you're not really having fun and enjoying yourself and I think that kind of energy is contagious whether it's positive or negative or more neutral.

 4 months ago  

Thank you for your encouragement and detailed response. I'm still not posting as often as I would like to and I also find the whole Discord thing really isn't for me. The last few weeks haven't been easy, but with autumn and winter approaching, I will probably have more time to spend on here. I always used to say that the money aspect of Hive was just a nice bonus and was my main objective. But there is no doubt that making a little bit of money on here would be nice. I just need to get my head back into the place it was before I took a break.

You're welcome. Yeah, I'm not a fan of the discord scene either... A lot of big egos fighting for attention and for private backroom deal, it just feels weird. Not to say all the channels are like that! There's some good channels, but most of them seem really slimey so to speak for lack of a better word.
Yeah, of course I agree... I'm primarily here for the lack of censorship, but it would be nice to make money too! I think most people are here for the money, so I don't blame anyone for having that in their minds... It's one of the main things that sets it apart from the more popular social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Yes I have experienced this too. I post in @actifit every day and somehow find it easy now. Pick a community and stick with it. There's something for everyone here! But don't slip into the trap and expect miracles 😜
!alive

 5 months ago  

That's good advice. I tried Actifit but I couldn't work out how to get it working. Besides, I'm an ols bloke and not very active!

Please give @actifit another try. I'm 65 years old, you're never too old to get active. Even if it's just a few steps each day is a good way to get into the routine.

 5 months ago  

I couldn't work out how to set it up to get Hive added to my account but I'll another look. My health and mobility isn't brilliant which limits my activity but any extra way of making some Hive would be worthwhile if I can work out how to get it to work.

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 5 months ago (edited) 

Stay away from the "I want" trap.... and just listen to your gut. Stick around to have fun! ...and most important: don't do it for others, be yourself!


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