It’s easy to slack off.
That’s been especially true when it comes to this blog. I’m not really accountable to anyone and there are no set deadlines. I’m doing this for myself.
Still, I enjoy interacting with you all and want to put out a good product.
Two months after typing the first word, I finally posted about our November visit to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
Part of the delay was due to slacking off and another part was the result of something else that can get in the way of progress just the same.
I was trying to be perfect. And I’m not even the perfectionist type!
I’ve been testing different writing styles recently and each time I wrote that particular post, it didn’t feel right. I’d write one iteration, go back to it a few days later and write another. Before I knew it, several weeks had passed and I was left with a jumbled mess of cut and paste paragraphs with no flow.
Finally, I realized something.
On a post like that, no one really cared about the words. Most readers would do a quick skim to get a basic idea of what they were looking at. Their focus would be on the pictures.
With that in mind, I cleaned up the post last night and clicked publish.
This same basic concept has been plaguing my writing lately. Instead of just writing and seeing what comes out, I’ve been looking for the perfect topic. Something that doesn’t exist.
I end up writing nothing.
On the other hand, on days when I actually get a post out, I’ve had no real plan for what to write. I just start typing away and letting the words flow. These posts come out naturally and are written in no time.
I read an article a few days ago about journaling. I think this would be good for me. And not electronic journaling. I’m talking about going old school, pen and paper style.
Even just a few minutes a day. Nothing big. Simply scribing my unfiltered thoughts.
I’ve got a bunch of old notebooks lying around. Those will do.
For too long now, I’ve been trying to get out the perfect message and, in doing so, have paralyzed my creativity. Moving forward, I’m going to be more mindful and let my thoughts flow.
I think journaling will be the perfect way to do just that, which hopefully will lead to some interesting posts.