I was having dinner at the Melting Pot with some friends on Saturday night when someone asked me “Do you write your blog because you love? Why do you do it?” I wasn’t sure how to respond. At the time, I mumbled that it helped me find my next engagement.
As I thought back, I had ideas and opinions that had been bouncing around for years in my head. Writing helped clear some of those random thoughts out of my head, I realized that I was writing about something that I enjoy: Software Development and Scrum. Throughout my career, I have been engaged and managed the development, sales and delivery of software. Most of it good, some of it not so good.
I have been writing about 7 or 8 months now. The first couple of posts I wrote came out without having to stretch for topics. After those first couple, I would have writer’s block after every post. I started wondering if I could continue write. What I figured out is “Enthusiasm will get you started, loving what you are doing will get you into week three.”
I think that quote probably is true in life. How many personal “projects” have you started and not completed. I have a pretty long list. I have created over 57 posts, of which you have seen most of them. Most of my posts have been specifically from first hand experience or responding to those around me. To write that many posts, I would have to say I am into my subject.
What I needed was a way to capture the ideas when they popped into my head, not when I was ready to write. Using the WordPress iPad app, I create draft posts with the ideas when they momentarily appear. I then go back when I have time to write, and pick one that sparks my interest. Others bloggers I have talked to use a paper notebook or create notes on their computer. Which method you choose is not important. What is important is that you capture the ideas. Once captured you can turn them into great posts.
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