Lately, I’ve had that feeling I imagine any blogger has had, if they’ve blogged long enough.
- There must be a finite amount of ideas to write about in my particular subject…..when am I going to run out of new stuff to say? Will it be today? tomorrow? next week?
- There can’t be that much to say on this subject. Surely I posted on this last year? The horror of horrors – what if what I just posted was a repost of something I already did????????
And….insert mini panic attack.
Because I really really really enjoy blogging. But if I run out of things to write about, that will be The. End. And that would be terrible.
Well, my fellow BB’s, I am here to reassure you that for the foreseeable future (meaning all of next week), I still have things to write about! Amazing!
Blogging has instilled in me a writing “discipline” that will be very handy if I ever write regularly as a career. As I have never considered myself a writer, this is a very novel (pardon the pun) idea.
I carry a writing notebook or my ipod around with me constantly. Three to four times a day I have a fabulous idea for a post and I write down a one sentence synopsis of what I want to write about. This is what my list currently looks like:
- Thirty minute criteria thoughts
- Book reviews – ti, black stallion, feet first
- First love, horses and the conscious decision every day to stick with something even with it’s unpleasant. Making the choice daily. How horses aren’t really my escape anymore – they are too much a part of who I am. Music right now provides an escape from who I am – horse person, runner, supervisor etc. The honeymoon period resisting the temptation to move onto the new thing.
- Writing discipline
- Preparing for a hundred
- Sword work
- Essential rain endurance equipment
- Alternative horse media
- Crew bag
- What to expect at your first ride (why it will be different from a training ride)
- Never selling a horse
This is typically the amount of posts in the “queue” to write. Items are added at about the same rate as they are removed (ie written and posted).
Invariably when I sit down to write a post, none of the items on the list are good ideas anymore. In fact, they are all AWFUL ideas. But I resolutely sit down, pick one of the ideas and run with it, because it is a good idea, I just need to recapture the mood of what inspired it. And you know what? It usually turns into a GREAT topic that I have a LOT of fun with. This has happened so many times, I have a rule – once I put a post on the list, it gets written. It may take 6 months – but it gets written. In reality, it’s not the idea that has to be good, it’s the writing and structure.
Thanks to blogging, I have more patience writing on topics that are (currently) uninspiring, which will make me a better writer. (and to be perfectly honest, as this is my THIRD post today, how could I even be worried that I’m going to run out of topics?).