Giving Up Getting It Right
It’s another What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and this week I decided to post a picture of my blog. For the eagle eyed amongst you you will notice that it hasn’t been updated since my last WOYWW post. And that’s something I’d like to change. I’d like to write more often or, more accurately, I’d like to write when I feel like it instead of “thinking” myself out of it.
I was reading Flora Bowley’s blog last week and noticed she had created a ’30 day blog love affair’ for herself. She wanted to shift her relationship with her blog and get back to being excited about writing so decided she would write a post everyday for 30 days, come what may.
I had a similar idea myself recently but quickly dismissed it as coming from the voice that tells me I have to do things the “right way”, i.e. from a “should”, and so saw it as something I didn’t really want to do.
This morning I read another blog that was 5 days into a 30 day writing spree and she wrote about making a commitment to writing for 30 days and suddenly the light bulb went on. I don’t want to make a commitment to writing. That feels too much like a “should” to me. Too much potential for trying to make myself do something I don’t really want to do. But I would like to break through the barriers that stop me writing or posting and see what’s on the other side. And I’d love to do that in a gentle, fun way.
I have a very strong story running of what you need to do to have a successful blog. Such things as:
- know who you’re writing for
- post regularly, on the same days and at the same time
- have a call to action at the end of each post
- use video
- have a social media strategy
- write great headline type titles
- have a point, i.e. know in advance why you’re writing
I’m sure these things work for many people and may even work for me but somewhere along the line I’ve turned these “blogging success rules according to the world of other people” into the “right way” to go about it. Rather than helping me they are blocking me. I go to write a post and then veto it because it’s not the “right thing” to write.
That’s pretty sad since I actually enjoy the process of writing my blog and, from the lovely comments I’ve received, my visitors enjoy reading it.
So for 30 days I’m going to experiment with writing a post every day, even if it’s breaking the so-called “rules”. I want to see what happens if I can ignore the getting it “right” thoughts and stop worrying about what people might think.
Already I’ve shifted to thinking that this could be fun and I’m excited to see what get’s created.
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Ha, ha, ha! I’ve just unintentionally “obeyed” one of the “rules”. 🙂