Blog-spiration: Deodorant Edition

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.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

26 thoughts to “Blog-spiration: Deodorant Edition”

  1. I think I talk less, too. Instead of barraging my husband when he gets home, I'm more quiet because I have this outlet. I love this outlet. It makes me happy. (Though I think my baby is still too young for me to do six posts in a week. She just turned five months and her naps are really on and off. Err.)

  2. Everything is blog fodder to me! And I'm blessed enough to live with 3 boys who are the equivalent of live-in staff writers.

    I keep a notebook in my purse, on the kitchen counter, and on the nighttable. I write down snippets. And I always have something to turn to there, so I'm never “dry.”

    I do love your posts, they are so varied and always interesting.

    I'm struggling with how to focus. I don't want to appear scatterbrained. But I'm like a bipolar blog, one day up, next day down…you know?

  3. I also think in blog, and I'm a huge fan on whiteboards and post-it notes. If I think of something, I write it down. I make a particular point of keeping a notebook in the bathroom, because the 5-10 minutes I have in the shower every morning is often my longest stretch of uninterrupted time to think and that's where I'm most likely to have coherent thoughts and ideas.

    I like your approach about separating the time you spend on your own blog and the time you spend reading other blogs. That's the problem I keep running into – I sit down to write a post, and I end up spending an hour reading and commenting on other blogs. I'll have to give your way a try…

  4. Oh great post and some interesting thoughts and comments. I love your terminology, thinking “in blog” as I do the exact same thing and I have a blogging notebook in which I write down things as they happen, especially the funny things my daughter says as otherwise I will never remember them word for word later. I too wondered what I would write about but now I have started I can't stop thinking of things to write about!

  5. “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.” – I agree.

    And it's funny but like you I also see my world in blog, and love to write, except it's cutting into the time I need to spend on household chores and work and other dreary things not child-related since I do it when my baby's asleep. I've made a decision this past weekend to post 3-4 times a week at most, and salvage the other parts of me that leave unattended while I blog into the wilderness. Parts including my partner and my laundry. Both of which are rather important to me, especially when I run out of clean underwear.

    I hope that doesn't make me a Zombie Blog. (Do I get points for using this soon-to-be urban dictionary term?)

  6. I think that my husband misses it a bit (but only a very little bit 😉
    And yes, when N was younger, I didn't write at all. I started guest blogging once a week and writing poetry again when she over six months, and I didn't start my own blog until she was nearly nine months old.
    I totally agree with err to the napping issues! And I'll add an UGH.

  7. Ooh, are your boys available for guest posts?
    I worried about seeming all over the place too, but then I remembered that I started my blog so I could write about what I want to write about, not necessarily to fill a niche. PS. I don't find your blog all over the place. Maybe I like scatterbrained? I don't think that you need to change though 😀

  8. LOL! Okay, so now I know how your family must feel.
    Alex standing over them with her mental notebook thinking: I am so blogging about this.

    I feel honored to have inspired your wonderful post as it's an encouraging piece to the rest of us reminding us that we too have something worth saying. Keep blogging!

  9. I always admired how you can write and sound so fresh everyday! You need so much discipline to write, especially when your days are hectic with young kids, and I agree – the only way to do it is to keep going or you lose that momentum. I also totally agree about not needing a publisher to OK your writing. That is what I love about blogging – you don't need an Editor to control what you can or cannot share with a larger audience!!

  10. This is great!! I think in “blog terms” too, but so often forget to write my “notes” and when I sit down its all gone!! I really need to start jotting down my thoughts – I love having something to say 🙂

  11. “Find what you’re scared to tell the world. And then tell it. Unless it will get you arrested. Then tell it ANONYMOUSLY.” U = adorable

  12. I TOTALLY need a pad of paper and a pen in the bathroom. It's definitely my
    downtime too 😉

    Are you into school supplies too? Because I love me some post it notes and
    new pens… I'm not sure that I use them efficiently although blogging and
    a sieve for a mind helps.

  13. You score like 100 points for using zombie blog! And I think posting 3-4
    times a week does NOT qualify. What do you think? Like twice a month =
    zombie blog? Are we being too harsh?
    And I totally understand having to figure out the balance between blogging
    and LIFE. I spend most days waving at balance as a fly past it in one
    direction or another. (And my house is often a mess. Even pre-blogging.)
    I'm glad that you're finding what works 🙂

  14. Thank you. I'm glad you are in the momentum boat too. Sometimes I think
    that it just reflects that extreme thinking that I am so fond of (or maybe
    we both subscribe to it?)

  15. I think in blog form now too! I find myself composing blog posts (lots of which I never even get to write) in the car, in line at the store, in the shower. It's interesting to start looking at your life from a different perspective.

  16. Alex,
    As usual, you provide simple wisdom that is easy to understand. Tonight, I am feeling like a bit of a jerk because I only posted once in the last few days. I'm sure the fact that I started my new blog in between assignments at work means that my expectations for myself are too high. I'd never be able to keep up with your goal of 6 posts in 7 days but I can keep it simple and jot notes of “bloggable” moments to share when I get a chance. Thanks for the inspiration.

    D. Rene.

  17. I blog therefore I am. Sometimes I feel like this. And other times I feel like I blog despite who I am. Does that make any sense? I guess what I struggle with lately is finding the time to blog without neglecting my family and the rest of my life. The other blogs and bloggers and my blog become so important to me that it is hard to separate my bloggy life from my other life (I don't want to say REAL life, because I think bloggy life is real too.) Anyway, I am always inspired by writers like you who seem to keep it all together. Blogging, commenting, replying to comments, etc. And manage to have a healthy relationship with their family members. And of course, I loved this post, as I always do your writing! You are very talented and you always make me think.

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