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Here it is another day, and I'm sitting at my laptop without much to say. This doesn't mean I'm not thinking a million things, but somehow, the process of putting words together that would make sense to anyone else is not going according to plan.
One reason I began blogging to begin with was to improve on this very subject. I have so many thoughts swimming around in my head, but I have trouble picking one out and translating it into something interesting I can share.
Like all things in life, it takes practice. So here I am, doing what I always do when I don't know what to do -- I write.
Several things have happened to get to this point. Last week was my daughter's mid-winter break from school, which means we've been crafting and playing all week and I haven't been doing my normal productivity routines. Of course I could write about that -- the fun break from our normal routine or the necessity of routine for productivity. But I have no passion for those topics, at least not right now.
I'm writing on my novel heavily right now. I'm having a really great time with it too! The story is written, I'm working on the editing portion of it. It is a slow process, but I am beginning to see how the story will come together in the end. Additionally, it is great practice in my writing process. I'm still learning how to manage an extended project, so any progress that moves me forward is a victory in this area. I could write about this as well, and I may, but not today.
Today, I just want to be in the moment. However, my mind is blessedly not on overdrive today. I feel calm and peaceful; however, that does not lend toward productivity. After a week with a laxed routine and lots of fun and rest, it is nice to feel refreshed in my mind and body. It also means I have to get back to my habits.
I love those days where I can go through several projects and push them forward with confidence and intention. If I'm honest though, that happens for about three days every two weeks. I wish it were more consistent, but it isn't, even with the productive routines in place.
The rest of the time, I just make it work. Or I ramble on because I have things to say, they just aren't tidied up into a nice headline and bullet points.
Maybe I just want to talk for a minute without having to tie it all up into a nice neat bow.
I've been thinking a lot lately about why I blog and what I want out of the process. I'm not really in this for the page views. I mean, don't get me wrong, I really appreciate every single person who reads my writing, especially when you respond in some way so I can connect with you. I really enjoy that part, the building of community.
However, I don't want to create click-bait articles and gimmicks to prompt someone to view trivial articles. I want to create substance and be proud to share my perspectives with the world. I want to put myself out there and see what happens.
Of course, developing articles, writing and editing all take precious time. The blog is important to me, but so are several other things in my life including my novel, my family and myself. I need to find a balance. That is the trickiest part of it all.
I am going to write more on my blogging goals soon because those thoughts have been circling in my head for a couple weeks now. However, that is not today either. I like the blog being a place where I can develop ideas, I can share research about things that interest me and I can discuss things going on in my head, my life or the world.
Do you ever have this problem? Days where nothing seems to come together just right? I try to keep ideas flowing and inspiration in front of me, but some days, it just doesn't convene easily.
My solution is to write. Kind of like Dory in Finding Nemo... instead of "just keep swimming, just keep swimming," I "just keep writing, just keep writing."
I am working on being in the moment more. For me that means to let it flow. That works for writing, yoga, projects and life. Keep moving forward and trust the process. And above all else, just keep writing!