It’s ages since I’ve written a blog, and now I’m out of practice it feels really hard work to start writing again. I’ve been meaning to, for what feels like days, but is actually weeks, maybe months. I’ve made regular notes for blog topics and ideas, and so have been thinking about it, but just not actually doing it. All these great blog ideas mean nothing though, if I don’t actually write them!
But here’s the thing, the longer you leave it, the more difficult it is to get started. I guess this is the same for most things, you see it all the time with things like exercise, and eating healthily. People put it off, or set a future circumstance, or date for it to happen. All too often something crops up and it then doesn’t happen at all.
What I’ve found in the past is that the more you do something, the easier it gets. And the more you practice something, the better you get at it. I’m a big believer in making things a ritual. I intentionally use the word ritual instead of habit, as habit tends to have negative connotations. By consistently doing something it becomes a ritual, easier to do, and you get better at it. That sounds like a winning combination to me.
So… I’m going to start blogging much more regularly. I may even mix this up with different media, and sometimes do videos too. There are a couple of daily blogs that inspire me to do better, and have shown me the benefits of being consistent. One is by Seth Godin (look here) and the other by my pal Philip Dodson (find that one here). Both have been blogging every day for over a year, and I read both religiously every day. I’ve seen them get better and better over time, so I’m hoping taking this approach will improve my own content too.
Going right back to my original point, instead of talking about doing something, or spending all your time planning how to do so, just get on with it. I can’t see any downsides.