Howefitz, Where Ya Been?
I read this this morning, and I got very nervous:
Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure.
Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.
I believe that everyone should write in public. Get a blog. Or use Squidoo or Tumblr or a microblogging site. Use an alias if you like. Turn off comments, certainly–you don’t need more criticism, you need more writing.
Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.
If you know you have to write something every single day, even a paragraph, you will improve your writing. If you’re concerned with quality, of course, then not writing is not a problem, because zero is perfect and without defects. Shipping nothing is safe.
The source of my nervousness came from the fact that I had shared similar sentiments here on this blog. This blog that I’ve abandoned for a year, that is. I still agree with these thoughts, and I’m ashamed to report that I haven’t been living up to my own expectations. So, I’m following Seth’s advice.
I tried to turn off comments, but I couldn’t figure that out. So until I do, they’ll still be there.
Ironically, comments was what sent me packing from blogging in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed being part of an online community, and I appreciated the feedback. That feedback, however, became an obsession, to the point that I think my writing suffered for it. Either I worried about what that one commenter said, or I wanted to please everyone, and my voice eventually was lost.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
On top of feeling like I was starting to live life for the soul purpose of sharing it online and seeing what people online thought of it, I changed careers, moved 4 times within five months (!!), broke a car, got a new one, had one child begin Kindergarten and another enter Senior year. I’ve been busy. And that busy-ness has given me a lot of excuses to cut myself off from everything and focus on myself and my family. I’m grateful for that time, however, I am starting to feel lost once again. After a year, it’s time to dip my toe back in the water.
I am going to try to write once a day, probably on lunch break, and those rare occasions when the kids fall asleep before I do. (When I say rare, I mean it. Don’t look for too many late night posts from this tired Daddy Blogger!)
I thought about outlining what types of topics I could be discussing going forward, but I need to slow down.
Let’s just see what happens…
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