Try something new

I’m a blogger/writer and even though I consider that to be creative, I do it so often that it doesn’t always feel that way. That is the reason that I see great significance in experimenting with my writing.

Outside of my 2 blogs I write poetry, occasionally journal and have a notebook dedicated to writing from writing prompts. Most recently I’ve been coming up with ideas for more journalistic style pieces about life and society. They’ll require research on the topics and also time spent learning about journalism but I’m looking forward to trying something new.

Outside of writing I love arts and crafts, basically just making things with my hands. And what I find incredibly significant to my all around growth is that I’m willing to try new things.

Not to be an expert in them but more to broaden and stretch new muscles because my writing mode is different to my arts and craft mode.

A writers confidence

My writing habit was born from journaling which explains why I write with such confidence.

I’m used to writing about my thoughts on life and things I’ve experienced, in fact I’m incredibly comfortable doing it.

Granted a blog is more open than a journal but the practice is the same.

It’s been more than a decade and since I first started journaling and more than 7 years since I started my first blog.

And looking back over 10 years, my writing has improved so much. I can’t promise I’m the best at it but I’m confident that I’m better than I used to be.

Best of all, it’s something I love to do.

Persistence, commitment and return

There are people that are incredibly persistent at what they do and they’re terrible at it.

I think about that alot when it comes to blogging because it’s something I started in 2011 which is quite insane because I’ve never really gotten much from it.

But one of the main reasons I’ve stuck with it is because I don’t really know what else to do with my writing. Plus I like the freedom of being able to write whatever, whenever.

With my lifestyle blog, I suppose I’d like to gain from it what all the other lifestyle bloggers do. But growth has been terrible and I’ve been finding it hard to do alot of things that would probably help my growth because I naturally play small and put myself in a corner.

But this blog despite being fairly new is growing (slowly but surely) and I don’t really play small here, the experience is unlike I’ve ever had in all my years of blogging.

Probably because I’ve committed to consistency and my focus is on posting daily instead of likes, comments and followers.

3 Months of daily blogging!

Time has flown by and one thing that I can tell you about daily blogging is that it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be.

The act of coming up with something to write every single day and sharing it is more enjoyable than challenging.

I thought I’d get ‘writers block’ but any time I felt stuck for what to write I just tapped into my inner monologue. I’d think about something interesting that had happened recently, what had I learnt or experienced.

Some days I’d be really pleased with what I’d written and other days  I’d click publish knowing that it was not my best work.

But it’s unrealistic to expect that everything I write will feel like the best thing that I’ve ever written, that’s something pretty useful that I’m learning on my writer journey.

Over the past 3 months, I missed one day of blogging and instead of berating myself I just posted twice the next day. Through that I learnt to not be so hard on myself with this daily blogging thing.

I love that I’m writing more and sharing more because as a result of it I’m thinking differently and even though this isn’t as challenging as I thought it would be there is some level of challenge involved.

For me, it’s that challenge of committing. I’m an ideas person and I get excited by new things. In the past my excitement has run out rather quickly and I call it quits and just move onto something else.

But I think that part of me has changed as this is post #90 and I’m still excited about this blog.

Everyday I give myself the opportunity to do something I love and share it.

More of the same

A few days ago I had this idea to delve into a topic totally unlike anything I have written about before.

I had drafted a post on gender.

I thought it would be good to try writing something new but also this particular topic has been on my mind for a while.

Then just days later I realised that what I had written didn’t really belong here.

I think that perhaps I was just trying to come too far out of my usual writing space.

As much as it’s good to try new things I think it’s also important to recognise that you don’t have to share every thoughts/opinions/musings on every topic that you think about.

So expect to see more of the same stuff from me about experiences, mindset, feelings and life.

No prior planning

It’s very rare that I write a blog post on the spot with no prior planning and minimal editing, I’m too rigid for that. I like to have that spark of an idea come to me which spurs me on to write and luckily I get it often.

I have enough thoughts and ideas to write at least daily but what I often find challenging is extracting the idea from my brain. Sometimes the final product is disappointing its like making a cake without a recipe and when you take it out the oven it’s flat, or burnt.

But I’m learning (and constantly trying to remind myself) that it’s okay if not every blog post turns out perfectly. Some days no one will read what I write and other days I’ll publish something that becomes my most viewed post.

Not every post can be absolutely perfect and considering I’m only on day 29 of daily blogging that is okay.

 

Godin, writers block and the inner monologue

I’m less than a month in and I feel like I’m already of running out of things to write. Maybe I’m trying too hard to be interesting rather than just pouring out thoughts. But I need to remind myself that first and foremost this writing everyday and posting it thing is for me.

But at the same time if I ever think that I’ve run out of things to write, the words of Seth Godin come to mind. He talks about how writers block doesn’t exist, he advises people to write like they talk and says that we never run out of things to say, we don’t get talkers block etc. And Seth is right too because my inner monologue is always on the go throughout the day, and I write every single day and have done for years.

I think the problem is too much focus on 365 posts, which is overwhelming rather than just one thing every single day.

I think that sounds much more manageable.