Has it really been 12 days since I posted something here?
Excuse me while I don’t apologize. As I’ve said before I’m a proponent of not blogging unless you have something valuable to say.
But there’s more to it than that sometimes…
There are mornings you wake up and you just don’t feel productive, inspired, enthusiastic, etc. Ask yourself, how much do you really get done when these feelings (or lack thereof) overwhelm you?
And I get that as a professional it’s your responsibility, your job even, to trudge through the items on your to-do list anyway. But there’s a big difference in doing what it takes to get an “A,” and being excited about what you’re doing to the point that you know you’re going to do your absolute best regardless of the end critique. Isn’t it these projects, tasks, posts that turn out the best anyway?
Lately I haven’t felt the itch to blog. And so I haven’t.
Instead I have:
- Read a book
- Worked out more
- Tried some new restaurants
- Visited Friends
- Had important conversations
- Fought for something I believe in
- Played a lot of basketball
- Researched some new projects
- Tried some new recipes
- Wrote some posts in other genres you’ll probably never see
Could I have made time for blogging? Without a doubt, but here’s the truth: Blogging can’t feel like a chore, and I do it as much for me as I do it to provide value for my community. I’m selfish sometimes, and that’s okayAndrew Norcross told me he feels like he only writes when he needs to rant.
Well I write when I’m ranting, but I also write when I’m learning, and I need to get my thoughts on paper in order to diagnose the jumbled assortment of thoughts running rampart in my head. I write when I read something that compels me to respond, but I never write when I don’t feel like it, or just because I haven’t written in a long time.
It comes back to the ebb and the flow. It’s the way your productivity mirrors your mood throughout your work day and it’s the way you crave a certain food until you don’t, or the way you always read Writer X until you finally burn out of their content. Chances are you’ll come back, but you can’t force yourself or you’ll end up with lackluster results.
Rest assured I haven’t been too busy making money, but I have been busy doing things that at the time were more important to me than writing here. That’s really the moral of this story: Write when you’re passionate about getting something down, something out, but don’t do it because you feel like you’re falling behind, losing influence, or because it says so on some schedule.
Write when you can’t keep it from spilling out all over the page.
Do you sometimes write a post because you’re trying to stick to a schedule? Because you haven’t written anything in a while and you feel obligated? What about the ebb and the flow in your workplace? Are you uber productive sometimes and not-so-much others?
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