I’ll admit it: I’m not a very consistent blog writer, or reader, for that matter. I’ve come to the conclusion that it has more to do with overwhelm than a lack of desire to write, or read. In my mind, I see too many options in the way of topics, ideas and blogs to check out. Other times, I see a blank page, and I don’t want to face it. I started a blog last year, thinking it would be a good addition to my website as yet another creative outlet for my mind and hands. I’ve started thinking recently about the reasons why consistently writing for a blog seems to elude me, when I’ve literally written my thoughts down my entire life, in the way of journal entries, pieces of art, letters to friends, personal reminders and more. Upon reflection, I think part of the reason has something to do with a piece of advice I heard this week while watching Chase Jarvis’ interview with Tim Ferriss on CreativeLive’s 30 Days of Genius series: when approaching a new or existing project, Tim Ferriss recommended asking oneself, “What would this look like if it were easy?” In other words, how can we start accumulating and celebrating the “small wins,” as opposed to putting our efforts off for one more day, thinking perfection is the only option? When I apply this logic to the activity of blogging, I can clearly see the obstacles I’ve been unwittingly placing in my own path. These include thoughts such as, “What am I going to fill my blog with?” and “What if I can’t think of anything interesting to put on my blog?” and “It’s been over a month since I posted anything on my blog! I need to write something amazing right now!” Surely, I can manage to document one thought at a time (such as this one), posting highlights that readers will hopefully enjoy and find useful and/or entertaining. So, I’ve decided to take the expectation of the word “blog” off of my shoulders for now, and adopt a new goal that is within my grasp: one small win at a time.
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