A bloggy friend asked me to write a post on how I get inspired to write so many posts. (Although she put it much more eloquently than I just did.)
My husband said a few months ago: You don’t talk as much.
I paused for a moment and said: Maybe it’s because I blog now.
And it’s true. I’m a talkative person. I have lots to say. My husband often gets this look. Not quite glazed over. I like to think of it as WONDERMENT. He says: Wow. You think A LOT. About A LOT of things.
And I do. Which is why I moved from guest blogging to my own blog. Because my guest posts had one category: motherhood. And while I LOVE motherhood (Full disclosure: I am writing this while my children are SLEEPING SOUNDLY), I also love writing, politics, my husband, my friends, spirituality, religion, dancing, and trying to find my keys.
But even with varied interests, I have tricks that keep me going…
I think “in blog” during the day. If my kids do something funny or a strange event happens, I make a note (sometimes literally) and/or take a photo. I usually can’t write until the evening and my mind is like a sieve these days. (I remember this post as the first time that I thought: I am SO blogging about this.)
I use milestones and events to push me along. I have done Bloggers Unite events (although I think that their site is down right now). I have written about local events. I chose to mark birthdays and other holidays in my blog. These help me to keep writing.
I tweet too much.
I stay up too late.
I TRY to separate my blogging and website time from my looking at other blogs time. Because otherwise I read everyone else’s blog without writing my post. (On the flip side, I can’t spend all my time writing. Just like in poetry, I have to READ poetry to grow as a poet. Which is probably why I haven’t grown as a poet in quite a while.)
In the end it probably comes down to this: When I began my blog, I decided that I would post six out of seven days a week. Not so I could be SUPER BLOGGER but because I am undisciplined. And if I write less, I will keep writing less until I’m a ZOMBIE BLOG. (I just made that term up. Please use it. We can all be in the urban dictionary.) I’m just not good at stopping. Or starting again. So I need to just KEEP WRITING.
I chose to blog because I love to write. And I didn’t need a publisher to okay my work. I didn’t need envelopes and stamps and wasted time wondering if I’m doing IT right. I just needed an idea and the courage to put it on a computer screen. I actually had NO CLUE that I would have so much to say and have so much fun saying it.
And I’ve realized my bests posts are the ones that I am the most nervous to post. Find what you’re scared to tell the world. And then tell it. Unless it will get you arrested. Then tell it ANONYMOUSLY.