Write the spaces, the silences within,
that speak the loud, louder, loudest of them all.
My post is late this week and I have many excuses.
I usually write a draft on Fridays, but last week I was out of town visiting friends. While on the most-enjoyable twelve-hour bus ride home (ugh), I tried brainstorming ideas but just couldn’t focus. Crowded, smelly buses and no sleep will do that to your concentration and creativity. Once back home, as my Sunday-night deadline loomed, I panicked and just blew off writing completely.
In the light of the morning, with a clear head, I realized just how much pressure I’ve been putting on myself to post regularly every week. I’m of the mindset that consistency is key with blogging (and many other things), but sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and evaluate why exactly you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.
I blog to connect with friends, writers, interesting people I may never meet, to share my thoughts, and to hopefully inspire on some level. In short, blogging should not be an anxiety-ridden endeavour. My deadlines are self-imposed. The world will not stop turning if I post a few hours or, heaven forbid, a few days late. I forced myself to publish this later than I would have liked just to prove this to myself.
A wonderful writer friend of mine reminded me of the need to stress less in his latest post:
There’s no getting around it: things need to get done. Bills need to be paid, deadlines met. So in all the chaos of daily life, where can you take the pressure off yourself? Has something you used to consider fun become a chore? Can you bring the life back into it?
Song of the week: “Speed the Collapse” – Metric