Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mental Constipation: Blogging Doesn't Have To Be That Complicated

It has been nearly a week since my last article. Not sure why it has been so challenging lately, but getting a post out feels like pulling teeth. Have you ever experienced that?

This morning, while getting out of the shower, my mind once again ran through a series of blog topics and entertaining titles to match. This is nothing new. In fact, I find myself thinking about my blog multiple times a day. The problem, as I understand it, is not the lack of ideas but rather allowing myself the opportunity to let it all go.

Come to think of it, I have around 12 or so posts still sitting in draft mode awaiting the light of day. It got so bad at one point that I ended up erasing a couple dozen posts out of frustration.

Whatever the reason, I am too hard on myself. Nobody expects me to write like other well-known bloggers, so why should I?

Blogging is supposed to be fun. The medium provides me a voice to express my own thoughts on a variety of subjects. Unfortunately, the more I write about web technology, the more pressure I felt to stay there.

Today, I sense a change in me. I'm not happy unless I can have the flexibility to jump from topic to topic as the urge hits me.

Another self-imposed constraint I seek to remove is this rule to write something substantial and mind-blowing. Don't get me wrong, I am a smart guy, but sometimes I want to be a total flake and write about the mundane observations of the day.

In the end, and I'm talking to myself, writing a blog should not be that complicated. Like Simon Cowell to Andrew Garcia on the American Idol, I say, "Stop thinking about writing and write."

Until next time...

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