The last few weeks have been good for me as a writer and a blogger. I talked three of my friends into starting blogs, and offered advice on where to start, what to write, why everyone can benefit from having a blog. I read a few new blogs, met a few new people, and had some thoughtful conversations through comments. I began reading Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg at the suggestion of a writer friend (who is the next person I’m going to convince to start a blog). The book talks about making your mind free to write, keeping your pen moving, and writing writing writing often. Upon reading and reflecting on my own writing/ blogging habits, I realized some things:
1) I realized that despite my reading blogs, getting friends to start them, and commenting, it’s been far too long since my last post.
2) I realize that I’ve had dry spells between posts before.
3) I realized why this happens.
The reason I stop posting for weeks at a time is not because I have a shortage of ideas, but just the opposite. I have a list of 5 or 6 things to post about, two of which are mostly written out already, but I haven’t posted any of them. Why? Because I’m picky. Too picky with what I post. Then I loose momentum. Then I spend weeks writing a post, little by little, to make sure it’s good to make up for the lack of posts.
Solution: stop being so damn picky with what I post and just post.
It’s the only way to keep my pen moving, to get more people reading this, to really get this blog where I want it to be. Plus I love to write, I love to post, I love it when my friends read and talk to me about posts, and I love even more when new people read and start a conversation. I’ve been brainstorming on how I want to combine and the long neglected Prestopedia Blog, what kinds of things to post, details details details. But this planning process also took the place of actually posting. This blog will be getting a face lift soon, a new name (possibly moving to a new address), a seriously awesome blog roll for seriously awesome blogs, and more frequent posts.
And now, my dear readers, I must ask you: