Tuesday, March 3, 2015

(Almost) Daily Blogging: why I'm trying

What I am doing: I am trying to post almost everyday for the next few weeks.

Why I’m doing this:  What retirement or semi-retirement has taught me: The less I have to do, the less I do.   And the harder it is do it.

  • BY PRESSURING myself, I may force myself to find new – read shorter   --ways to post. Maybe even more creative ways.

  •   DEADLINES work for me.  If I know I have to post, I will just post – whether it is drivel or not. That’s what I liked about writing for newspapers. What you wrote today was forgotten tomorrow.
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  •  ANOTHER THING I liked: If I was working on a longer piece, I would wake up in the middle of the night with a perfect phrase – just the right words for the piece. I would get out of bed and write it down. My sleeping mind was working on problems. It rarely works that way these days, but just last week after writing a post, I had one those perfect phrases come to me in the middle of the night. I didn’t get up. I went back to sleep – and by morning  it was gone. But I liked thinking about my brain firing up in the mid-sleep as it rarely does anymore. 

  • ·      I DIDN'T blog for almost a year and I want to either recommit or quit or find the right balance. I get overwhelmed with my own expectations.
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  • ·      I AM CONSIDERING redesigning and I don’t want to bother if I am going to be too lazy to create content for it.


·      Goldilocks: I already know how little is too little, need to explore how much is too much. Maybe I can find what’s just right: 2X or 3X probably.


9 comments:

  1. Well, here's hoping that you find the right balance. I've been enjoying your blogging over the last few weeks especially, not that I haven't enjoyed it other times too, but you're on a roll. Keep it up.

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  2. Bryan. You are the inspiration for this. When Lent came along and you suggested adding things instead of subtracting, I thought what could I add. I had been mulling blogging problems -- but that was the push. So the real try is for 40 days (no Sundays-- or I don't have to write on Sundays).

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  3. When I first started out blogging, I tried to post something every day, but that got to be too much, even though I write about things other than books. My goal now is three times a week, which seems to be a workable schedule for me. I hope you find the balance that works for you. I’m enjoying your posts and your book recommendations immensely!

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    1. I think 3 times is probably right. I'm also looking for quick and easy ways to post. Lists, quotes with commentary.

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  4. "I get overwhelmed by my own expectations" .... that summarizes my life.

    I am discovering that finding the balance is more difficult than it sounds.

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    1. And every time I find it, I lose it again.

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  5. I don't care what frequency you choose, as long as you don't quit! I love your posts. I've learned that I do best to take things in spurts. Be patient and indulgent with yourself.

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  6. I don't care what frequency you choose, as long as you don't quit! I love your posts. I've learned that I do best to take things in spurts. Be patient and indulgent with yourself.

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  7. Thanks Amy. I think I am the same way. I keep circling back to the same things, but consistency is not my forte.

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