I’ve had a lot of time to think over the past few months. To think, to plan, to do. And I had hoped that one of “to-dos” I would tackle with seamless abandon was writing. I even prepared a writing space & woke up early to write.
Yet, I was never satisfied with anything I wrote. All my musings on my life, carefully thought out opinions or humours posts just sat in my draft folder. I sit in coffee shops staring at the draft folder, trying to figure out what was wrong with the post? Why couldn’t I finish it? Why couldn’t I publish it?
It was frustrating. I had ideas. I had time to do the research I wanted. I had steely determination, if not motivation, to keep going & failing until I finally succeeded. Because I would succeed eventually at writing something that I felt I could publish.
One of the issues has been to answer the question of what do I write about?
I had too many options of topics to write about & not all of them made sense for this blog.
The obvious answer was to use LinkedIn to write about what my more professional interest (i.e. social media marketing, consumer behaviour) & devote this blog to a collection of more personal writing. But, the answer did not seem obvious to me & when I lost my inspiration & just couldn’t write anything. I too a break & did other things.
I started to read books. I started to listen to podcasts. I listened & took in other people’s perspective. I took the pressure off & allowed myself not to write.
It was great! And I felt guilty. But, then slowly I started to write again. With one key difference, I deleted anything I didn’t think was interesting. Which turned out to be a lot of things & I also didn’t want to write for the sake of making noise. I didn’t want to be yet another person writing about Belgium or Ghomeshi, unless I had something of value to add or a passionate perspective on the topic.
I have decided to go with the flow.
And write everyday & publish the most interesting thing I write.