I need to write more

Write-MoreOne thing I have always struggled with is writing more, or as much as possible. Currently I don’t like writing, and usually have to force myself to do it. It’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time.

I was reminded again about this when I visited one of my favorite blogs, Zen Habits. Leo Babauta runs a great blog, one of the few I can always get great lessons and take aways. One of his latest blog posts really struck a chord with me.

Here’s a link to the blog post:

http://zenhabits.net/writer/

The #1 lesson he has learned as a writer is to write every day. From where I sit today that seems pretty impossible. I’m not sure it’s a goal I really want to focus on. What I do want is to simply write more than I do now. Currently I write when I feel like it, which isn’t that often. I would love to have time to write every day, but with a full-time job and a newborn at home, my time is very limited.

My Writing Goal

Instead of writing every day, my goal is going to be to write one blog post a week. I started writing this post on Monday, and hopefully it will go live on the blog by Friday. That’s the goal. I want to be able to keep that schedule every week. I think that’s a realistic goal, don’t you? Maybe one day I can reach the “write 1,000 words every day” goal that Leo has. I don’t consider myself as a blogger or a writer in general so I’m not sure what the right goal will be for me.

I think if I can make this a habit to produce one blog post a week, it will become part of my weekly routine. That way it won’t feel like such a chore to write and publish a blog post. I just need to make it a habit. I’ll keep you up to date on how this goal goes, fingers crossed!

Writing Conversationally

Another goal I have in my writing endeavor is to write more conversationally. I want to write more like I would be talking to you face-to-face. I see lots of blogs that “talk at” the audience. A very rehearsed and informal tone. Who wants that? Would you enjoy a conversation with someone if they spoke like that? Of course not! I find it very difficult to follow those types of blogs even if the information I’m trying to read is important. I just can’t do it.

Reading a conversational tone blog post is much easier for me too. The information just seems to flow better, even if there is extra filler that normal conversations have. I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling, so I want to make sure I come across more laid back and conversational. This will probably make my posts a bit longer, but I think they will be better because of it. This is a blog, not Wikipedia. I don’t want my blog to read like a research paper.

I’d really like to know what you think of my writing style as well. Do you find it easy to follow?

How Much Do You Write?

So, I’d like to know… If you have a blog (if you don’t, why not?) how often do you write posts on your blog. Let me know in the comments below. If you are up to it (no pressure…), we can keep each other accountable for writing a post a week. Leave me a link to your blog in the comments and I’ll add it to my RSS feed reader and help keep you on track for writing a blog post a week.

If we all make ourselves publicly accountable it can be an amazing motivator.

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3 Comments

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply March 21, 2014

    Hi John,

    as you, I am also not a great writer, so writing one blog 100 word post a day seems to me like a goal I will never hit. But we are working on it.
    Up to now I wrote one post a week in average, but I am trying to increase it and come up with some more content.
    However, I added you to my feed reader, so I am counting on you.

    Cheers
    Torsten

    • John

      Reply Reply March 21, 2014

      Hi Torsten,

      I think with practice we will both be much better writers then we give ourselves credit for. I’ve also added your blog to my RSS reader and will be keeping up with your weekly posts!

      Thanks,
      John

  • Steven

    Reply Reply March 30, 2014

    Hi John,

    All too often the problem people have in the beginning is that it sometimes feels like you are shouting into the wind. While a blog is supposed to allow you to connect to people and communicate your ideas with them, without feedback in the form of comments you soon become disillusioned with the whole process and simply give up (I’m using “you” in the general term, not personal).

    Keep going and you will have your audience and it will get easier to continue writing these great posts. My own blog has had two huge gaps in the posts, but that is going to change again.

    I look forward to your next post and striking up a conversation with you!

    Have fun,
    Fred

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