How To Write A Blog When No One's Reading

This is the trouble with a blog, I think. You go in with such great expectations that if you post faithfully, people are going to read. "If you build it, they will come." And frankly, they just don't most of the time. People have lives. People have books to read. Maybe people just don't feel as inspired about the same things I do. I don't know. So why do I keep writing when I could almost literally name for you every person who visits my blog? I don't really know, actually. I think I've filled my head with a few grand delusions. The first is that someone important will discover my blog and hire me to write something for them. The second is that I'll get rich and famous of my own means, and this blog can serve as a time capsule for the time when I had to pay my dues.

I don't mind having dreams like that, in all actuality. I think I'm allowed to be completely impractical once in a while. Especially if it's enough to keep me going at something that gives me practice. At the very least, I can believe my writing skills improve with each post I write.

But if I want to be a screenwriter, why not just focus every day on writing scripts? This is probably a deficiency of mine, one that makes me doubt if I'm meant to be a professional screenwriter, but I just can't focus on a feature length project all the time. Not because I'm not interested, but because it's too draining. Writing 120 pages of anything is hard, and so is planning to write that many pages.

Maybe it'll get easier as I move more feature length screenplays from the "to-do list" to the "done list." But then again, maybe it just won't. Maybe long form will always be this difficult for me. Maybe my writing style is better suited for shorter works. I haven't decided yet.

But until then, there's no harm in writing just to write.