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.

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  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

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