“Train yourself to listen to that small voice that tells us what’s important and what’s not.”
— Sue Grafton
You want to start writing a blog… or to write more often on one you already started in a moment of brave inspiration.
But something’s stopping you.
I bet it’s not really that you’re worried your writing isn’t good enough (even though that’s likely there too).
Or that you’re too nervous about sharing your written words publicly (even though that’s likely there too).
Or that you’re trying so hard for perfection that you never let yourself finish a post (even though that’s likely there too).
No… I think it’s something else. I bet that you’re scared into blog silence by the fear that you won’t have enough to write about.
I hear it all the time from my clients, my colleagues, my friends, my family (not my cats. they don’t give a s***t about writing. sighhhh…). And I hear it from myself.
Even after 4+ years of regular writing posts on 2 blogs, I still have that niggling worry that one of these days, the Blog Topic Well will absolutely and completely dry up for heretofore and ever more.
But it never has. And I am quite certain it never will.
Each of our lives — no matter who we are, where we live, who we love, how much we earn, what we believe, and what interests us most — each of our lives is infinitely… yes, INFINITELY… full of meaning in every day, moment after moment.
You just have to train yourself to realize it.
To make the connections between the simple things you notice and the things you most want to say on your blog.
It all starts with a mindset. An openness to experiencing AHA! (light bulb) moments when something you see, or hear, or smell, or feel, or taste, or touch, or read, or dream, or wonder, or hope, or feel, triggers an insight that relates to your blog purpose.
Like this orange door I saw the other morning on my walk to the coffee shop.
How many blog topics can you come up with from this one photo?
For a more personal post, maybe about how you’re finally noticing some light coming into your heart from the shadows of the past.
For a marketing post, maybe about how being bold catches appreciative attention… if it’s done in a tasteful way.
For a life coaching post, maybe about the metaphor of doors: who we “let in” or not… and what we show to the outside world vs. what we keep hidden … and how if we allow some parts of transparency (the glass in the door), it also reflects back beauty to those who pass by (notice the reflection in the glass).
Or for a design post, maybe about the effective use of color and texture contrasts and compliments.
Or a philosophical post about the impact of the way we identify so much in our lives by numbers.
Or a motivational post about stepping up bravely and boldly to the doorstep of your challenge, even without knowing what’s behind the door.
… and so forth.
You see, every street corner, every overheard conversation, every plant, book, and song has meaning in it.
Commit to writing those regular blog posts, and your world will meet you there, serving you delight as a plate full of topics.
For 1-1 support with committing to and writing blog posts, exercise. If you’d like to talk with me about contact me for a free sample creativity coaching / writing coaching session.