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

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Blogging Is Blogging

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.
Happy 2008!