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.

Barriers

Bar­ri­ers are a strange thing. In the real world they exist to form a sep­a­ra­tion, a phys­i­cal divi­sion between two things. They can be per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary, but they exist for a spe­cif­ic rea­son. Their pur­pose though, is always the same, to pre­vent you from going some­where you shouldn’t.

In the men­tal world things are slight­ly dif­fer­ent. Bar­ri­ers exist of course, but for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, though their pur­pose is sim­i­lar to their real world coun­ter­parts, they stop you going some­where or doing some­thing. The trou­ble is, they aren’t phys­i­cal and that makes them immea­sur­ably hard­er to over­come.
Eigh­teen weeks ago I start­ed post­ing a week­ly arti­cle with a col­lec­tion of links to inter­est­ing arti­cles I’ve read dur­ing the week. I start­ed it because I want­ed to get back into writ­ing for my blog. I thought hav­ing a reg­u­lar post to com­mit to would remove the bar­ri­er that I seemed to have errect­ed over the last cou­ple of years. To a degree it’s worked, post­ing to my blog reg­u­lar­ly has helped me to rebuild my inter­est in it, it’s helped me to estab­lish a desire to post, but it hasn’t removed the bar­ri­er.
For the last few weeks I’ve start­ed each week with the aim that this week would be the one that gets me writ­ing a post a week. Sev­er­al times I’ve draft­ed some­thing, but each time I’ve failed to pub­lish it. Fear seems to be the bar­ri­er pre­vent­ing me from click­ing that but­ton. That lit­tle voice that says “No one will read it, no one real­ly cares what you have to say” squarks away as my mouse hov­ers over the pub­lish but­ton.
So I’ve decid­ed, this week is going to be the week that I break­down that bar­ri­er. The lit­tle voice will be silenced and I will post an arti­cle every Wednes­day from here on out. It is a chal­lenge, but one I want. I have no idea what I will post about, but as Shawn Blanc says I have ideas it’s just a case of let­ting them grow and tak­ing a bit of action on some of them, regard­less of whether they are good or bad, as well as hav­ing a bit of courage to press pub­lish at the end of it.