Just something to get me back into the swing of writing again, as I haven’t managed to blog here for a week or two (oops!)
A while ago, I read a great blog post which I wish I could find and link here, about the reason people blog. It basically said – blogging is a way of organising your own thoughts on a topic. It doesn’t have to be a polished piece of writing, nor does it needs to be lengthy or in depth. It’s not an article, even though blogs are online for others to read. Blog posts are for you.
This is a philosophy I’ve tried to keep in mind when writing blog posts, because often when I don’t write for a while, it’s not because I’m out of ideas, it’s because I don’t believe those ideas are good enough or worth doing. What’s worse is, the longer I sit on a topic trying to figure out the best way of communicating it, the less likely I am to ever finish a post on it. My draft folder and notebook are full of such posts! Blogging needs to be done in the moment, or else it doesn’t happen.
Back when I started this blog for my University work, our tutor gave us a set list of posts to write about which would cover the topics discussed in class. Sometimes I wish I still had that framework to keep me motivated! Usually when I’m out of ideas I have a number of sources of inspiration – my twitter feed, books (which I’ve written about) and websites. So there’s an inspiration right there – since I’ve done books, I should do a post on inspiring websites! Yay for inspiration thoughts!
That’s actually another good way of motivating myself to blog. If I say I’m going to write something, and I say it publicly – here, or on Twitter, then there’s a higher chance I’ll manage to do it (it doesn’t always work, however.) Overall, though, the best way to keep blogging to just to… keep blogging. Even in posts like this where I don’t have a whole lot of talk about, even when the posts are unpolished, or a little unfinished. Because blogging is for your thoughts, and those thoughts don’t need to be polished. They just need to be written down.