I backed away from Facebook (not entirely though) a few months ago, and as a result my volume of new blog postings increased. I want to take it a step further. A step to revisit and tackle the question how to blog more. The main bottleneck is that I usually end up creating long posts, providing context which sometimes evolve into essay like things. That is not a bad thing, my blog is a space to think aloud, but it means long gaps between those type of postings. There are many smaller things I could blog about just, but I usually don’t, as I am worried it will end up as a long time-intensive posting. Setting targets of x blogpostings per week never worked in the past of course. The material then stays in my Evernote (yeah, still found no alternative).
So I am strivng for a more light-weight and unhurried way of creating blogposts of the non-essay variety. Short references with just a short observation, and/or a minimum of context. Over time it could be a more established routine, but for now I’m just looking at possible ingredients of such a light routine.
Ingredients that are involved I think:
- Don’t write postings in WordPress, but as notes in Evernote. This keeps the ‘publish’ button out of view, which to me seems to signal I can only log out of WordPress if I finish the posting.
- Write more about what I do, re-use material I use for my work
- Allow multiple notes in different stages of construction to exist simultaneously. What gets finished gets posted.
- Listen to feedback, use it.
- Look through the stuff I bookmarked a few times a week, to either blog a few links on a topic, or jot down a few thoughts.
- Use small chunks of time to write a few lines, 10 minutes on the train will do and will add up.
- Link back to more of my existing postings if I want to add context and let the reader decide to go down the rabbithole of my musings.
- Delete sidepaths, associations, contextual stuff while writing something
(I deleted at least half a page of additional stuff while writing this posting)
- Create and use ‘templates’ or repeating styles for certain types of postings, so as not to start from scratch. E.g. I’ve been posting some week notes recently and I use an empty template for it, which speeds up the writing, as it provides a clear path, where a blank screen allows me to go down all kinds of other paths.
- Stop trying to be complete or exhaustive with linking to other sources, a few links suffice to weave the web as it is meant to be after all.
- No need for pictures in every post, let alone the ‘perfect’ image to illustrate something.
- Allow imperfection and unfinishedness. It doesn’t matter, if the purpose is to keep a log, or trigger interaction.
- Writing is its own purpose. Produce first, improve later.