Ironically I stared a blank wordpress page for about 10 minutes, watched several (one TED talk and some funny youtube) videos, decided I should clear out my SD card, contemplated turning on the TV for background noise, drank lots of water (and to be honest a few other embarrassing activities) all in an unconscious effort to procrastinate writing this post. That said at least I had the topic idea ready to go!
I’ve decided to write more on this blog for 3 main reasons:
- I like to create content
- It’s giving me a space to keep record of daily events and memories
- I like writing as a creative outlet
Also I want to take blogging more seriously because as I am on Mat Leave and have the time to dedicate to this hobby.
That said, this hobby requires a lot of idea generation and organization….
Which is where my EdCal (Editorial Calendar) comes in. For the month of May, I created a make shift calendar using this cork board and some washi tape. Having a physical (vs an online or digital) place to store my writing ideas has already proven to be more effective. I have been able to go check the calendar to see what I need to write about and giving myself a hard deadline makes the whole process more of focused work for me (which is something I crave). And is the main reason I have posts being published at 5am in the morning!
So for the month of June I have set a goal for myself to write EVERYDAY Monday to Friday! (So that’s writing 5/7 days a week). I pieced together ideas for 4.5 weeks of blog posts As of right now, my post ideas are being recorded to a google sheet. And this is what I’ve learned is the magic of getting over a wall in your creative journey, make lists and use post its :)
I plan to add my google sheets list of ideas to my cork board EdCal. It makes it easier to move writing projects around. Plus as mentioned above, there is a different type of focus that is accompanied by actually seeing your to do list.