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My mojo is always in flux. That's true in general, but especially with respect to blogging. I frequently mention the ups and downs of my mood, but I hope you can tolerate a little more dwelling on the topic.
I feel genuinely enthusiastic about, say, 15% of the photos that end up on here. The visuals in my last two posts both disappointed me. (Here & here, if you're curious.) I expect myself to be a better photographer, or at least a more consistent one, given that I have access to good equipment and know the basics of how to use it. I wish I could remember that mastering a craft takes a long time.
Bill Gates said (or maybe wrote, I dunno), "Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years." The point is that people expect fantastic short-term results and disregard the potential long-term payoff. I find that plausible. Another tech titan, Mark Zuckerberg, emblazoned the Facebook offices with this encouraging-yet-hardass maxim: "Done is better than perfect."
What I'm saying is that I create content for a blog post almost every day, and it's unrealistic for me to expect constant fabulousness. It's not that I should be satisfied with mediocrity, but that I shouldn't be so damn harsh. Beating myself up doesn't make me more skillful or entertaining. In fact, it decreases my motivation.