I keep up with a fair number of blogs, most of which show up on my iGoogle, but a few I get sent directly to my e-mail. Sometimes that’s the best way for me to actually be aware that there’s a new post, sometimes it just gets lost in my inbox. Plus I don’t even know how many little boxes of blogs I have on my main iGoogle page. I sometimes forget to look at them.
So this morning I finally got to a post from Penelope Trunk, the Brazen Careerist that I got a few days ago. I went to her site instead of just reading it in my e-mail, and then decided to click on the “How to Blog” tab on her site. It’s not like I haven’t done this before — numerous times. I just read it though and thought to myself “Yup – great advice. I totally agree.”
That does not mean that I actually follow the advice.
This is clearly shown by my lack of posts in (almost) the past year.
And now that’s going to change.
Probably the number one reason (or close up there) why I get stuck:
2. Pick a topic — you can change it when you know what you’re doing.
This is like dating. Pick something that seems good, and if it isn’t, try again. Don’t get hung up on topic. As in dating, you’ll know when you’ve found one that’s the right fit. There are some obvious things, like pick a topic you have a lot to say about, pick something that interests you, pick something that will help your career. This is great advice, but you already know that if you look for a perfect match you’ll never actually go on a date.
Ah, yes. Relate it to dating, and now it totally makes sense to me since it’s a current (fun & interesting) past time of mine (possibly more on that later — I have a lot to say about that topic). This also goes back to my first post about how it doesn’t have to be perfect. Clearly I need to be reminded of this, and often — possibly with emblazoned neon lights that are in front of me at all times. <shrugs shoulders, throws arms up & grins — at least I’m cute, right?>
But yes, the whole topic of blogging (and job searching) can be related to dating and not trying to strive for perfection all the time (among other things). *sigh*
So now it’s time for a little challenge for myself…. To blog twice a week… for now… just to get me started.
My friend’s Grandmother has a saying “Manhattans are like breasts… One is two few and three is too many.”
Good logic in my mind, particularly about Manhattans, it applies here for me as well at the moment. One blog post a week is too few, and three is too many. Although, if I write more than two a week, it’s okay too.
It’s out there.
And now I have to do it.
Because otherwise, we’ll both know if I don’t.
And we don’t want that now, do we?
***Update… it’s really my friend’s GREAT Grandma — but the lady knows what she’s talking about when it comes to Manhattan’s 🙂