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.

The Blogging Habit

When I first start­ed writ­ing a blog I was 20. It was my first year of uni­ver­si­ty, and I’d some­how stum­bled across a cou­ple of ran­dom blogs, I’m not entire­ly sure how, but I know one thing. As soon as I saw them, I want­ed one.
I dab­bled with a free blog­ger account, and then in my sec­ond year at uni­ver­si­ty I bought my first domain and installed Word­Press. That was the begin­ning of hav­ing my own per­son­al web­site, a place where I post­ed to almost every day, where I taught myself how to build web­sites. I looked at oth­er peo­ples blogs, I copied what they were doing and began adding my own twist on to things. It was fun, a hob­by, a thing I did to stretch my cre­ative mus­cles, a thing to learn on. A thing to think on.
In the four­teen years since I first began to blog, I’ve post­ed to my site at least a few times a year, often sev­er­al times a month, and in a few bursts every­day for a cou­ple of weeks. This year has been one of my most active on years for a long time, but most of that activ­i­ty has been short posts or pho­tos. There has been very lit­tle in the way of full blog posts, every­thing has been verg­ing on the micro end of the scale. Whilst that’s fine, and has coin­cid­ed with me using Twit­ter and Insta­gram less, over the last few months I’ve been fight­ing an itch to try and start writ­ing a longer blog post a day (in the work­ing week at least) but for what­ev­er rea­son I’ve resist­ed it.
Over the week­end I spot­ted a tweet from Austin Kleon in my time­line. He was link­ing back to a post he wrote just over a year ago after he had kick­start­ed his dai­ly blog­ging habit. A cou­ple of sen­tences in that post jumped out at me.

I had no idea how bad­ly my writ­ing mus­cles had atro­phied. After a cou­ple of weeks, I could feel the sen­tences com­ing eas­i­er.

It began to sink in, that rather than think­ing about try­ing to write a post a day, I should just get on and do it. It doesn’t mat­ter real­ly how good they are, the thing is to just get on and do it. But, I still man­aged to put the thought to the back of mind. Then I read the final point of his post.

Maybe I’m weird, but it just feels good. It feels good to reclaim my turf. It feels good to have a spot to think out loud in pub­lic where peo­ple aren’t spit­ting and shit­ting all over the place.

I iden­ti­fied with that. The whole rea­son I start­ed a blog four­teen years ago was because I want­ed to. I enjoyed it. It felt good to have a place on the Inter­net that was mine, it was fun to have a hob­by. So here I am, post­ing again. In a slight­ly longer for­mat than I have been doing for most of the year. We’ll see how long it lasts, but the main focus, is to have fun and devel­op my hob­by again.

6 responses

  1. @philbowell Good stuff, I know exact­ly how you feel. I’ve been try­ing to write wee­knotes this year. Most weeks I find myself won­der­ing what I will write about and then it all comes tum­bling out. It does feel good to get it all down and put it out in pub­lic.

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