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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