|Image Credit to Hugh MacLeod.|
But I have to wonder, and do wonder: Can one person really produce creative/thought-provoking/worthwhile/carefully edited content every single day - or even every other day for that matter? Am I cut out for this? So much thinking, typing, editing, second-guessing, and retyping go into every post I write. And to be a successful blogger they say you need to write something - anything - as often and consistently as you can.
"Churn out the content!!" I read over and over and over again on the, "How to become a successful blogger!" websites.
"Ok," I tell myself, "I want this. So, that's what I'll do. I'll write stuff!" And then, I sit . . . staring at the tan "New Post" tab, the empty bright white box, and the little blinking cursor that reminds me of all the time I'm wasting not churning out that content.
Interesting though, how the second I draw myself away from my computer screen, away from the time bomb cursor, the blaring white box, and the intimidating "New Post" tab - the ideas start to flow out of my mind like water from a breaking dam:
Then why, you may be wondering, do I even blog? Why not just forget about the blinking line in the white box in the "New Post" tab? Why not simply live? Here is my answer: Sure, I get the general ideas for my blog posts when I simply live. Topics, themes, and pictures come to me. But it isn't until I really sit down and type, that those ideas come in to full bloom. Blogging, for me, brings my life into focus. As I write, my simple everyday experiences become more memorable and more meaningful. Ken Robinson shared a wonderful speech that I discovered on TED a couple years ago:
One thing he said really stuck with me. He said that some people, "have to move to think." (And I think he would be ok with me paraphrasing: or make music, or calculate, or make lists, or organize, or craft, or build, or draw . . . to think.) As for myself, I have to write to think. When I take the time to write about the thought "seeds" that come to me during the course of my daily living, I find I see them for what they really are as I write about them.
My simple living makes more sense to me because I write about it. So, I live to write. I write to think.
And that's my secret to never running out of things to blog about, as well as the reason why I blog. The funny thing is, I honestly didn't realize any of this until I sat down to write this post. See, I told you so! ;)
What about you? How do you make sure your blog idea well doesn't run dry? And what do you have to do to think?