I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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Blog Block

The last week or so I have been try­ing to write my dis­ser­ta­tion, I’ve actu­al­ly made progress as well, but it’s kind of caused me to neglect writ­ing any­thing mean­ing­ful up here on the blog. It’s sad­dened me a lit­tle, as I’ve been enjoy­ing all things blog relat­ed recent­ly.
The trou­ble has been, that as I’ve been spend­ing the day sat at the com­put­er with Word open writ­ing my diss, the last thing I’ve want­ed to do is sit and write a blog post. Actu­al­ly, it’s more that when I do sit to write a blog post I’ve not known where to start or what to write. I’ve had the ideas, but the age old for­get­ting them, or not know­ing how to put them into a post has struck. Guess you could call it a Blog Block!
How­ev­er, one thing that seems to be rear­ing it’s head a lot at the moment, part­ly due to the dis­ser­ta­tion, is that I don’t feel very organ­ised. On the out­side I might look it, my room and desk are always fair­ly tidy and use­able, my diary is always open with the weeks events and meeting/lectures in it, but for some rea­son I don’t feel I make the most of my time. So, I’ve been try­ing to sort myself out a lit­tle, bit, get the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty a bit high­er. One thing I suf­fer from, is that I’ll remem­ber some­thing I need to do at the most ran­dom point, but by the time I’m in a sit­u­a­tion to do it, I’ve for­got­ten it! I bought a Mole­sk­ine in the sum­mer to try com­bat this, but it seems to have spent most of the last few months sat on my win­dow sil gath­er­ing dust. So I’m now try­ing to devise some sort of method for keep­ing it on me at all time and to organ­ise how I record the lit­tle task I remem­ber, but also how I record the blog ideas and design ideas I get at ran­dom times. Hope­ful­ly this will stem the flow of ideas that dis­ap­pear into obliv­ion and help them join the few that fil­ter out into the blog.
There’s also anoth­er rea­son why I seem to be shy­ing away from the blog posts at the moment and that’s I feel like I need to sort stuff tech­ni­cal­ly all the time. I recent­ly installed Mint, which has been very inter­est­ing in show­ing me how many peo­ple actu­al­ly vis­it my site and how often they come back, but I keep find­ing myself con­stant­ly debat­ing whether to use Mint to track my feed or to stick with Feed­Burn­er. It almost feels like I’m falling into the trap of being more both­ered about how many peo­ple are com­ing, than pro­vid­ing those that do with qual­i­ty con­tent. So with that comes the con­cious effort to stop check­ing Mint so much and try to spend the time pro­vid­ing the con­tent.
The dif­fi­cult task in all this, is to not neglect the impor­tant stuff, my work, and focus on the get­ting and stay­ing organ­ised side of things. Also, I need to make sure not exclude God in it all. I have been pray­ing all week about work, par­tic­u­lar­ly the days Lucie is in school, but then I just realised I did­n’t pray about it this morn­ing. Per­haps thats why today has been so unpro­duc­tive, at least in a work sense. Maybe more evi­dence I can’t do things on my own, and need the Big Fellers help in all this.

12 responses

  1. It is fun­ny you bring this up, I have recent­ly had trou­ble keep­ing track of your entries, you have been so active!
    Take my blog for exam­ple, I blog often and yet I still don’t feel as though many of my entries are that mean­ing­ful, nonethe­less it is still very dif­fi­cult to start writ­ing a mean­ing­ful post isn’t it? I find it extreme­ly dif­fi­cult. If I am hon­est with you I think that my blog must be bor­ing to a read­er, but that’s beside the point.
    Good Luck on over­com­ing your “Blog Block”, I hope you find your way out 🙂 .

  2. It is fun­ny you bring this up, I have recent­ly had trou­ble keep­ing track of your entries, you have been so active!
    Take my blog for exam­ple, I blog often and yet I still don’t feel as though many of my entries are that mean­ing­ful, nonethe­less it is still very dif­fi­cult to start writ­ing a mean­ing­ful post isn’t it? I find it extreme­ly dif­fi­cult. If I am hon­est with you I think that my blog must be bor­ing to a read­er, but that’s beside the point.
    Good Luck on over­com­ing your “Blog Block”, I hope you find your way out 🙂 .

  3. Ha, I was rather active a cou­ple of weeks ago, but it’s large­ly my notes which I am so active with, although hav­ing my diss has meant I;m less able to look around the net for inter­est­ing lit­tle bits and arti­cles to show you all!

  4. Ha, I was rather active a cou­ple of weeks ago, but it’s large­ly my notes which I am so active with, although hav­ing my diss has meant I;m less able to look around the net for inter­est­ing lit­tle bits and arti­cles to show you all!

  5. It almost feels like I’m falling into the trap of being more both­ered about how many peo­ple are com­ing, than pro­vid­ing those that do with qual­i­ty con­tent.

    I fell into this same thing, I final­ly had to get rid of my stat counter all togeth­er because it was get­ting so engrossed in stats instead of con­tent. I will install a new one but not now, I still need to focus on con­tent.

  6. It almost feels like I’m falling into the trap of being more both­ered about how many peo­ple are com­ing, than pro­vid­ing those that do with qual­i­ty con­tent.

    I fell into this same thing, I final­ly had to get rid of my stat counter all togeth­er because it was get­ting so engrossed in stats instead of con­tent. I will install a new one but not now, I still need to focus on con­tent.

  7. Yeh, I’m tempt­ed to do that, but I paid for Mint so ral­ly don’t want too! Just going to have to make a con­scious effort to curb how much I mon­i­tor them, it is real­ly fas­ci­nat­ing though and I think a trap which many fledg­ling blog­gers, like myself, can fall into!

  8. Yeh, I’m tempt­ed to do that, but I paid for Mint so ral­ly don’t want too! Just going to have to make a con­scious effort to curb how much I mon­i­tor them, it is real­ly fas­ci­nat­ing though and I think a trap which many fledg­ling blog­gers, like myself, can fall into!

  9. Well I tech­ni­cal­ly could unin­stall it, but I paid for it so I wan­na use it! hehe! At least I’ve realised I’m get­ting bogged down in num­bers, which kin­da sucks the fun out of it, so I can try change that!

  10. Well I tech­ni­cal­ly could unin­stall it, but I paid for it so I wan­na use it! hehe! At least I’ve realised I’m get­ting bogged down in num­bers, which kin­da sucks the fun out of it, so I can try change that!

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