Write when you are inspired.

Much space has been given in the blogosphere to the topic of writer’s block. So many bloggers with so many blogs and they just can’t think of anything to write (or so it would appear).

And they see this as a problem.

So do I, but in a different way.

The bloggers see this as a problem, because they want to write something but can’t think of anything to say. The problem with this, as I see it, is that so many people who have nothing to say, want to speak.

This is generally a great way to create trash.

Speak just to hear your own voice.

Write just to see your own typing.

Hold meetings just to say you have met.

Watch TV just to do something with your time.

Drink because you are bored.

All the most wasteful uses of our time and energy are the things we do without having a good reason to do them. When you write just for the sake of writing, I can almost guarantee that your writing will not be worth reading.

Let me ask you about two blogs.

Blog A publishes occasionally. Every week, every month, irregularly – whatever. Every post is meaty and meaningful. Every post inspires or provides useful information or gives something of real value.

Blog B publishes regularly – every week or even every day. Regularly. The writer follows all the advice of how to overcome writer’s block, and writes lots of articles even though he has nothing of import or useful – or inspired! – to say. Sure, occasionally he does, but most of his posts are already written in different ways on other blogs and don’t really add much to anybody’s knowledge or inspiration.

Which blog will you choose to read?

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4 thoughts on “Write when you are inspired.

  1. You make several good points. I agree that quality over quantity wins every time. When I started my blog, I published every day. Lately I publish 2-3 times per week and my traffic is up. I’m focusing more on quality than quantity and it’s making a different.

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  2. Great insight David! When I first started my blog, I posted multiple times a day for several months – but began to dread writing. I then cut back to posting on MWF and saw a sharp drop in readership, but I didn’t care.

    Then 11 months ago I relaunched my blog and re-committed to posting on a daily basis (M-F) and haven’t looked back. Since then I’ve seen steady traffic improvements and comments. Not that it means anything, but my Alexa traffic ranking has improved from 27M+ to about 890K.

    I’ve got a long way to go to break 100K, but I’m committed to getting there. Thanks!

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  3. Well this actually fits with the psychology of our culture, nowadays we are all about more, more more, we want more stuff more traffic more of the “good stuff” without really looking at the quality of it.

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  4. I like the point, there is so much bad content out there. This is partly due to people who need to continuously post content and also people who think that everyone wants to hear everything they have to say. These people might have some gems occasionally but they think that people also want to hear their trash.

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