“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”
David Damron of The Minimalist Path suggested I write a blog back in January. I’ve been stuck for some reason. Since January 18 I could not for the life of me bring myself to submit a new post. Sure … although I had draft give post since then, yet I had difficulty completing the articles because my inner-critic kept holding me back: “My writing is incoherent. No one will want to read this.”
The strange thing about it all is that I have no problem at all posting lengthy comments to someone else’s blog. The thoughts just flow … and I care not one iota whether the comments are incoherent or not. I’m merely holding a one-on-one conversation with the blogger. So easy … so breezy.
To be very honest, I’ve never been much of a linear thinker, and disciplining my mind to follow one train of thought to a successful conclusion is quite difficult for me, especially when it comes to writing a blog. (That’s why I’m a clutter-er in the first place — my mind is totally and completely undisciplined). I’ll start on one train of thought when I begin the blog, and by the time I’ve reached the end, I’m totally and completely someplace else.
The most recent post by Sean Ogle of Location 180, “Stop Maintaining and Write Incoherent Blogs,” hit a home run in the ballpark of my procrastination. I am once again on the blogging train … and here I am posting again after an 18-day hiatus. Thank you, Sean! His suggestion that I write an incoherent blog was a great idea. Shucks! I can write an incoherent blog in my sleep … in fact, I’ll make my rambling blog my signature style … as I’m sure there are many people out there, ramblers like me, who will find my blog just as useful as someone who writes in a more linear fashion.
The problem is not that what I write about may be incoherent. The problem is my perception that incoherence is necessarily a bad thing, when in fact it really isn’t. I’m sure there are millions of people out there who may find my rambling blog style quite useful, as readers may be just as rambling in their thinking as I am in mine. And because some people are ramblers by nature, they may have a very difficult time following a linear thinker’s blog and may lose interest because the content is way too boring for them (like watching paint dry) … they want excitement, frequent changes in content, twists and turns in exposition, lively tell-it-like-it-is prose, and deep-down genuine sharing of the blogger’s life in the hopes that it will help the reader on their journey in this stranger-than-fiction phenomenon we call life. I firmly believe that as long as what I say represents my genuine feelings moment by moment (no matter how imperfect my musings may be seemingly written), the fact that I ramble won’t matter at all in the end. Besides, most readers may not even notice.
Sean’s post resonates with honesty and heart, and cast a reflection on my own struggles in the blogosphere to help me overcome them. Knowing that I am not alone makes the challenges of facing my fears of inadequacy that much easier. Case in point: I posted a blog today for the first time in 18 days… Thank you for sharing, Sean Ogle!
I would like to extend a special thanks to Jesse Bishop of A Life Reinvented for linking his site to mine, thereby creating a substantial increase in traffic and views on my blog: ” . . . Vita Reid of The One Minute Minimalist reappeared on the scene with a semi-coherent and very readable post after a sizable absence. . . . And we may think that people don’t want to try to read what we write. But how will we know unless/until we try.” Very well put, Jesse and I thank you for giving me the impetus to carry on despite the challenges of being creative in the blogosphere.
From this day forward I shall post incoherent blogs and be proud!
What has been your experience? Please feel free to post your comments below.
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