Maybe posting every day is overly ambitious (and more than anyone wants to read? Still, I’m proud of myself for posting more here in the past week than I have in the last several months.
But I have been writing every day and it’s been so good for me.
Have you heard of Seth Godin? He has a blog called seths.blog where he writes every single day. I listened to an interview with him where he talked about productivity. He said every creative (that’s you) should post something publicly every day. If you’re a singer, post a sound clip or video, if you’re a writer, write on a blog; if you’re a photographer, post a photo somewhere; if you design clothing, post about what you are designing or your thought about design, etc.
At first you might want to post anonymously, get a free Instagram account or a blog or channel and just start putting your ideas out there. Some will be lame, some will be fantastic. But as you work that muscle, you will improve.
If you’ve done something like this before (even weekly) you’re nodding your head. You know working on something, publicly putting your intent out there (even if you think there are only two or three people watching) pushes your creativity into motion. Ideas flood your mind, you start to get a feel for what people like (especially when you get feedback).
Honestly, I give this blog a lot of credit for learning to parent better. Writing about our family made me examine my thoughts and habits; photographing my family opened my eyes to the beauty of our life.
I’ve certainly been teased over the years, “Oh is that going on the blog?” And, if you’re here a lot, you know that less than 1% or so goes on the blog. But it has instructed my thinking on many levels. It’s made me ask myself, “Who do I want to be? How do I want to show up?” I’ve never lacked ideas of what to write about, but I’ve often lacked time.
And that’s what happened this week. Erik was traveling, I was gone for two days, it was dress rehearsal and performance week at the high school (next post!) where I genuinely enjoy devoting several hours to photography and videography.
I’m not making excuses. No one is holding me to this standard but myself and I genuinely want to be here everyday. I’ll figure it out. But I know showing up here several times a week is a gift to myself.