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.

Thoughts as Nest Eggs

Today when you say “nest egg” many think of mon­ey saved and put away, but a lit­er­al “nest egg” is a real or fake egg that you put in a nest to encour­age a bird or a hen to lay more eggs there. So what Thore­au is say­ing is that by sim­ply writ­ing down a thought, you encour­age more thoughts to come. When you have enough thoughts pushed togeth­er in the same space — a col­lage of thoughts, jux­ta­posed — they often lead to some­thing total­ly new.
This is the mag­ic of writing. 

Austin Kleon wrapped up a recent post with the quote above. The post on one lev­el is about jour­nal­ing and writ­ing in gen­er­al, but do you know what else that quote describes? A blog.
A blog is noth­ing more than a series of thoughts writ­ten down over a peri­od of time. When you think about it that way it’s incred­i­bly free­ing. There should be no pres­sure. Instead there should just be turn­ing up to write down a thought and see­ing where it takes you.

6 responses

  1. @philbowell what a great way of putting it. Some­times I feel like it’s just a waste of space and atten­tion throw­ing stuff out there, but I do find the more I write, the more I have to write about, and some of it is kind of good

  2. @philbowell i don’t even mind no response, I just feel like I’m con­tribut­ing to noise
    Which is why i am lean­ing towards a sep­a­rate writ­ing space. Not pri­vate, but not… pro­mot­ed, for lack of a bet­ter word

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