The Weirdest Reason to Not Write a Blog Post?

Writers block, a creative rut, or outright procrastination, there’s certainly a lot of reasons why I’ve failed to write as regularly as I’d have hoped to over the years, but right now, I have a problem much more bizarre than any of those…

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Okay, so, currently I’m coming up with a lot of ideas to write about – so, check – I have the time to write – check – and I’m very excited about what I want to right about – again, check. But, and it’s a big but, I’m hardly writing anything at all because every idea I’m coming up with, I feel like I should save it for “later”. Later, when I’m a better writer, later when I’m more knowledgeable on the subject and later when hopefully, I’ll be able to reach more people with my writing.

It’s like a crazy mutation of imposter syndrome – it’s not that I feel I’m not good enough to write; I firmly believe that everyone has a unique voice and viewpoint to share, including me. No, this is like some sort of self-imposed, nonsensical, qualification system, whereby I’m restricting myself to only write about the things I’m currently “good enough for”.

And, “good enough for”, what does that even mean? The way to become more comfortable with writing is to write more, and the way to become more knowledgeable about a subject is to study it. By locking myself into this cycle where I won’t let myself write because I’m not good enough, but I can’t get better because I won’t let myself write, is just locking in a course for failure.

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Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s probably quite normal to keep a project or two up our sleeves for the future – for me, that would be writing fiction – but I think the goal then is still to be moving towards that, right? It’s one thing to be not quite ready for a project and to circle it slowly, but it’s another thing altogether to lock it away in a box and put it on the high shelf out of reach for “when we’re good enough”.

And for me, the craziest thing about all this is that this idea of not wanting to “waste” a good post idea really goes against the essence of what I want my blog to be. I’ve never intended to try and write a blog from the standpoint of being an “expert” on any given subject; I’m a human, on a journey, learning and making mistakes, and I’ve always wanted my writing to reflect that – ESPECIALLY when it comes to writing a blog, which is, by it’s nature, a sort of continuous writing piece with ebbing and flowing subjects and opinions, rather than some sort of static encyclopaedia type work. So, yeah, maybe tomorrow I’ll write a post about something; I’ll give it my all, I’ll believe what I write but then 18 months later I’ve learned a lot more or I’ve changed my mind entirely – that’s completely okay!

Growth and change are normal, they are great in fact – if I was ever to stop opening my mind and my heart in order to be able to say “here is my definitive opinion on whatever”, I think that would be sad, and it’s certainly not a state of being that I’m aiming for, or one that I would like to portray in my writing. So, I’ll conclude this long blog post about erm… how I can’t write blog posts by saying; I’m here, I’m bursting with ideas and it’s time to let them come flooding out. And, if you’re here, reading this and you too have felt like you’re “not good enough” or knowledgeable enough to write about something you’re passionate about, then let this post be a little nudge for you – YOU ARE AND YOU CAN.

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I’m Home from Florida

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Hi friends,

This is just a quick post to let y’all know that I am home from 2 absolutely amazing weeks of vacation in Florida. I’m also heavily jet-lagged while I write this, so try not to judge my word-putting-together-ing skills too hard, ok?

So, yeah, 2 weeks in the Sunshine State, and while I’ve been more than a few times before, this trip was completely different! Not a theme park in sight as we instead filled our time with visiting State Parks, nature reserves, beaches, and many an hour spent in rocking chairs, just taking it all in.

I took a real break from thinking about work, and social media – in fact, I didn’t even take my laptop with me – a vacation first for me! This time away really did have the effect of being very head-clearing – I was able to be much more in-tune with myself and see what I am authentically drawn to, and writing is definitely one of these things. So, now that I’m back from the trip, I’m going to be giving myself the gift of time to spend on writing this blog.

I spent a bit of time trying to really work out the focus of the content I create, and I think I’ve managed to break it down to: “a blog about simple living – using entrepreneurship to help with mental health, and to create a life you love”. It might not be super-catchy, but I think it sums it up for me.

With this new mission-statement in mind, I’ve also come up with a sort of content planner, so that things are nice and easy for people to follow – particularly for readers who may be interested in one or two topics, but not everything I write. So, here’s the plan:

Mondays – posts focused on entrepreneurship, and self-employed life

Wednesdays – posts focused on mental health, or wellness issues

Fridays – posts centered around simple living or minimalism

Sundays  – posts about applied minimalism, primarily about my capsule wardrobe.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at the beginning/end of the month: additionally, I’m going to write monthly update posts on each specific area of business that I’m working on. These posts will slot in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of the month, and rolling over into the beginning of the next month.

So there we have my somewhat ambitious content plans for the blog – if you have any specific post requests or questions you’d like me to answer, please feel free to share them in the comments below, or via email at timorousentrepreneur@gmail.com

Right, I’m off to eat something and attempt to change out of my pyjamas… or not, jetlag is rough!!