So often I will get an urge to write a blog post to then open up WordPress to a blank page and have no idea where to start or what to even write.
It seems I have a desire to express myself, but when it comes time to get it down on paper (or on the laptop screen), I second guess myself. I get all judgey on myself and feel like I need to be writing something profound, or structured, or with a deep message.
So what then do I want to happen when I open up a blank new post? What is the purpose of the urge to blog if I feel stuck so easily?
Well… to get down to basics…
I want to express myself. I want the words to flow out. I want to feel connected to something. I want to feel as though I am talking or communicating to someone.
Because when I don’t express myself, or tap into my inner imagination, and don’t let it out into the world, well, then I feel like I will burst. Or I feel agitated and obsessive and actually extremely unproductive.
I will admit, though, that there is a tipping point for me. I often teeter between feeling a desire to write a post and feeling inspired, to obsessing about the not so important parts like planning, strategising, what I ”should” be doing, the ”rules” to blogging, and all that not-so-fun (for me anyway – I know it is some people’s jam) stuff.
But what if I ignore the rules? Throw out the box rather than try to fit into it? Perhaps I should experiment with no box, no rules.
I have noticed that with my personal Instagram account I have stopped worrying about that perfectly curated feed, the balance, the colour scheme. I have just posted photos that are real, that reflect me and without overthinking it.
It feels much more freeing doing it this way. I am not a business. I am not selling anything. So why the heck worry about how my feed looks aesthetically from a branding perspective? It is just way too stressy, time consuming and not a priority.
I feel lighter and can put that energy into my family or myself.
I am trying to take that same approach to this blog. Just write to express myself. I am not a business, I am not selling anything. It is my outlet, my personality projected out into the world. It is meant to be fun, therapeutic, and to lighten my energetic load.
I hope you don’t mind.