Sometimes the universe works in weird ways. I planned to write about my blogging process, and the day is just throwing in some twists and turns to sort of oddly highlight how my blogging process works. And if his doesn’t make sense, I will tell you that I have a nasty cough and head cold, so my powers of thought are a bit all over the place.
Let’s start at the beginning- the beginning of the day. I usually write my blog early in the morning. My daughter usually leaves for school at about 7:05, my husband leaves for work about 7:45. Around this time, I am thinking about my blog post for the day. The minute my Husband is out the door, I sit and I blog. My normal blog takes me about 15-20 minutes to write, assuming my internet doesn’t go out. Now, I admit my internet service is awesome: my computer is lousy at staying connected. I love writing at this time in the morning: my mind is fresh, my thoughts are sharp, and it is a great warm up for when I begin to work on my novel. I also have this compulsion to have my blog post out by 9am. It’s one of my controlling things…
Now, a few weeks ago, I went to DC. Before I left, I decided to schedule blogs because I knew that being away and keeping to a blogging schedule was just not going to work. So, my “plan” was to write a day ahead from the week before I left. If I included weekends, I would have blogs scheduled for the duration of my vacation. Good plan. I would still write in the morning, just not for that days post.
And as all plans go….
Here’s what actually happened. I would sit down to write, and instead off finishing in my usual 20 minutes, I found myself overthinking my blogs. In the back of my mind I kept thinking “this isn’t scheduled to go live till tomorrow at 8. I have until then to work on it.” This is where the problems began. I started to tweak and play and rework my posts. Now, one would think that these posts were outstanding, because I edited and reworked….Well, one would be wrong. I hated these two weeks worth of posts. I felt they were stilted and didn’t sound like me.
So what did I find out about myself? I need to write my post fresh in the morning. I need to just publish the drivel that I’ve put on the page. I need to stop overthinking. When I write in the morning it’s fun. I’m enjoying it. When I start playing with posts, well, it’s not so fun for me anymore. I second guess. This is not a good position for an over thinker.
As I’ve already started talking to you about my blogging process, I might as well give you the rest of the dirty secrets. You’ve all heard about my obsession with planners…well, as soon as I get a blog idea, I enter it into my planner. For anyone interested, I know what I’m writing about through May 10. Yes. I have that many blog ideas.
Which brings us to: how do I get my blog ideas. Ok- literally everywhere. I get inspired by comments others have made on my blogs. I find interesting things in other blogs I read. My family. My activities. Etc. Etc. I get ideas from my life. My plain, old, boring life fills me with ideas. I guess this is the upside of being an over thinker: every aspect of my life has the ability to become a blog post. Every blog post has the ability to become a follow-up. Are they all equally interesting or great? No. But you never know what will interest people. Topics I thought were a little boring have gone on to be favorites of the blog community, so here’s another one for what do I know.
Now, I also admit that I pre write my Gratitude Saturdays and Week in Review. I begin \those the day after the old one posts, and I just add to them as the week progresses. As these is no central idea, I have no problem with this method. The only problem is that some weekends are WAY busier than others, so I don’t get to add any flourishes to the weekend reports. That’s just life. I’m trying to be chill about that.
But now lets talk about today. I have a nasty cold. I normally get up at 6 and start prepping for the day. Today, 6am brought about a hideous coughing fit, and the decision to pull the covers up a little more. I didn’t get out of bed until 8:30. I went to boot up my computer, and noticed that a update had been installed. Good times. Who knew what time my computer would actually be ready for action.
Finally, install and restart completed. It was after 9. The crazy part of my brain was annoyed that I wouldn’t have my post completed before that. Technically though, it was still morning and it was still going to be a fresh blog post. And there was some sort of irony in knowing that I had planned a blog about blog process 3 weeks ago, and then today it all went to hell.
So, as I type out the last words, it’s 9:56. I’m happy with this post. And I’m going to try not to freak out that it’s “late”.