I have a problem that I suspect puts me in a group of people far larger than you would think — I find myself writing more infrequently than I would like to. Perhaps I’m delusional, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.
And there’s one thing that I blame — it’s not that I don’t have enough to say, it’s that I have too much to say.
But that in itself isn’t the problem, it’s the false belief that epic posts have to be long, extremely profound and well though out.
Can Shorter Be Better?
You might wonder what that looks like, and there’s a possibility you might find out here on my blog or in some other place I haven’t thought of yet.
While I think there’s value in long posts, especially when there’s a purpose in them, I’m also a believer that streams of consciousness have a place.
I’m not talking about 140 character style updates, rather bits of our lives that we wish to share which our readers might find interesting.
Like a quote. Or a video. Or a link to a post that creates reaction.
Guilt of Holding Back
As I mentioned before, my problem is that I have too much to say or too much that I want to share. I feel as though I need to compartmentalize my thoughts and bottle them up into epic posts.
But the idea of writing an epic post is daunting, so I fall victim to fear and seldom write what I truly feel.
So I write nothing …
… and continue to have these emotions and experiences that I want to share stockpile in my head which always results in feeling overwhelmed.
Diaries and Journals
Over the past few months, I’ve seen a trend that I found interesting.
I’ve been seeing more and more sites calling their blog a “journal” or “diary”.
— Brian Gardner (@bgardner) October 28, 2013
The idea of a blog is now being replaced by the concept of a “diary” or “journal” — which really aren’t new terms, rather the ones that I think “blog” was created to replace on the first place.
What resonates with me is the idea that a diary or journal is personal, and can consistent of shorter insights — not necessarily long posts.
If I can convince myself that I’m able to publish shorter, more frequent pieces of content AND have it received well by my readers, then I might be onto something. With that said, are you interested in hearing …
a) what I think, when I think it?
b) what I think, when I actually have the time to sit down and write what I think should be an epic post, which means it’s going to be longer than it should be, because that’s what people expect and epic post to be, right?
Hit me with it. What side of the fence are you on?