If you are a Creative of any capacity the best thing you can do is blog.
No really, I have learned that blogging can really help you get your stresses, thoughts, and emotions out. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to share everything you write.
I use journaling as a blogging device. I took a little journaling seminar at Azuridge with Jill Drader and I loved her ideas about journaling, let yourself be free, writing for clarity, and opening your mind up to freedom. And I applied the techniques and tips she shared to help me blog. I have started to write more and share blog posts more because I have found comfort in sitting and typing out my thoughts. The odd thing about the journaling, was that, for months after I took the little seminar, I couldn’t do it. See, Jill suggested using a paper journal and I love paper, I still keep a paper planner because it’s just how I visualize my calendar and keep everything in check. But here is a twist. I was using a paper journal, but I just couldn’t sit and write. It felt like homework to me. I felt like I “had” to write something just to say I journaled. But when I started leaving a Pages Document (Word Document for you PC users) open, I found myself sitting down and writing almost everyday. It has allowed me to sit down, free write out ideas and thoughts and then I can decide what I keep, what I delete and what I share. Sometimes I just write out lists of to-do items, or thoughts about personal struggles. Sometimes I write with the soul intention to share my thoughts. Other times, I write just to get the thought out of my head and then I can move onto thinking about other things.
Journalling has made a huge difference in my blogging. I can sit down write as much or as little as I want. I can start a thought or a post and then leave it when I want to, and pick it back up when I want to. But this way I can always be writing and posting. And with my paper schedule I can see what I need to write more about and what I need to schedule and post later in the month.
So if you are having a hard time blogging, feel silly about it, or just don’t know where to start. Try opening a Journal, Pages or Word Document and start typing. Just type whatever you are feeling or thinking and then walk away from it and decide later if it is something you feel comfortable sharing with the world. It is a great place to start and once you do it for a little bit you’ll find trends in your writing and you’ll be able to get a lot more posts published!