I’ve been wanting to sit down and blog for a while now, and I’ve had that age old problem of not knowing where to start. As I sat here trying to think about why I’m having trouble blogging, the thought came to me that until I started to use the offline blogging tool MarsEdit I didn’t have much of an issue.
So, I hear the question being asked, “Why don’t you stop using it?”.
The simple answer to that is I don’t want to. I like using the app, it’s a pleasure to use. When I’m sat on my laptop, hitting Cmd‑1 to post a link and a few thoughts about the page I have just read makes the simple posts a pleasure to use. Then there’s the advantage that I haven’t always got access to an internet connection (although I do have it at home now!), so being able to work on a blog post without it is nice. I think the problem stems from a deeper root.
When I bought MarsEdit, I think somewhere a change in my mindset occurred. I began to hoard a few titles in my local drafts, some slightly fleshed out while others were just titles with a sentence to remind me what the post was meant to be about. Now when I worked purely in the WordPress interface, I had the odd title but most of the time they didn’t amount to much. But with MarsEdit drafts I felt this pressure to write a backlog of posts so that I can just chuck one out when the timing seems right. But it wasn’t just the pressure to write a backlog of posts, it was a pressure to write a backlog of articles. Big long posts about something. Now for many people this is what their blog is for, writing big long posts about stuff. But I don’t work like that. Every time I try to do it, I fall flat on my face.
I guess what this post is doing is re-aligning my focus. I’m not a blogger who can sit and write great long articles, I don’t work like that. I’m not the greatest writer and I’m the first to admit that. I’ll leave the big long posts to the people who are good at it like Shawn and Mr. Gruber, what I will do is bring my blogging back to me. If I’m in the mood to blog and have an idea then that’s it, I’m gonna write about it. I’m not gonna jot down a title start a post and then leave it for revisions to be made, for me that’s not what blogging is about, that’s journalism. I’ll just write when I want to and keep the links rolling.
With that I only have one more thing to say.