Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

I have to admit to having a love/hate relationship with writing; there are days when I would absolutely do anything rather than put pen to paper. These are the times when I can so easily become distracted by a zillion things. The bottom line is I detest working to deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise; which may well be because I am just a lazy undisciplined trollop but also because much of my life and most probably yours too is dictated by so many time bound appointments. Subsequently a treasured hobby which has previously brought so much joy can so very quickly become a routine chore when limits are set.

Most of my posts are written and then re-written in Microsoft word then edited continuously to the point that I’m still frequently unsatisfied even when I’ve published and then still think I could have done something better; so in many ways I probably make blogging much harder than it need be. On days when I am struggling for inspiration, I often start by imagining that I am writing to one of you, particularly if it’s something that has made me laugh or caused me to shed a tear; which somehow makes the process more worthwhile. As a born procrastinator, I know that if I don’t sit down and write a post immediately when an idea hits me, I am going to struggle if I leave it until later on. However, give me a subject which I feel passionately about and it’s a surefire labour of love which can keep me typing away until the wee small hours.

So please tell me what motivates all of you to write & post every day and what keeps you sat at your computer typing away when Bubblewitch or Facebook beckon?

If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page
– Mark Houlahan

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77 thoughts on “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

  1. I’m a really new blogger (although not a new writer) – I always liked the idea of it, but somehow couldn’t trust myself to be consistent enough. Then I found I was reading so many blogs and it seemed like a fun way to be able to say something, I just decided to start and see what came out. It’s not what I expected. I think my motivation is just to have a voice, it’s fun when people comment and you know people are hearing what you are saying, but I think mostly I just like being able to say what’s on my mind.

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    • Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging; I’ve only been doing it a year so I’m still a relative newbie. I’ve found the banter with other bloggers is the thing I enjoy the most! I think I set myself too rigid a timetable when I started and now I’m easing up a bit more. But it’s nice to know that others have the same insecurities about writing that I do!

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  2. My motivation is to make people chuckle (or maybe laugh out loud) while reading my posts about life in the 1950s. Today’s installment is Nun Cake, found at 1950 Suburban Adventures.

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  3. When I started blogging I had tons of ideas and the best intentions. I decided upon blogging once a week and then never stuck to it. I just publish when I have something worthwhile to publish. Like you I write and rewrite and then rewrite it again. I personally think that makes my posts better. Many of my posts written in Word, never make it to WordPress, because I’m just not happy enough with it.
    In your case I’d say just take it easy and publish whenever you WANT to, not because you feel you have to. Hope this helps 😉

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    • I am a lot more relaxed about blogging these days and not so timetable rigid as I was initially – I’ve learned so much! But there are days when I just need a kick up the backside to start up but I liked what you said about do it when I WANT to!

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  4. I’ve actually found that rather than having to find the motivation to blog, the blog gives me motivation to do things. Today’s post was a prime example. I knew I had to write something but had no idea what so instead of spending yesterday sitting on my backside doing nothing I went to look at the tombs. Like you said, if you have a passion for something or have something interesting to say then it comes easy. I think you do a brilliant job and love your posts as do many others so draw on that for your inspiration. PS. Didn’t find any treasure but didn’t find any used condoms either so it could have been worse!

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    • I am still laughing about the used condoms!!! I think you may have a point as life for me has pretty much been looking after the patients, blogging and shift work so I probably do need to get out a bit more (says she having spent a few weeks in Turkey) in my day to day life – meant to say are you still loving it and did you make the right decision?

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  5. I set myself the targtet of posting once a week – which is a little pressure on the one hand, but also not a millstone round my neck, on the other hand. When I feel like writing, I write , and like the rest of you, lick the post into shape for a while. Then I store it in my Drafts section of my bnlog, so I’ve got a nice little trove of posts ready to go whenever I’m busy-busy, wrapped up in a book, ill, or away on one of my trips. I definitely wouldn’t enjoy having to churn out a daily post – that would take all the fun out of it! Maybe this works if the writer is on an epic mission – on foot across the Sahara – and people are following your progress with bated breath, but for a mundane little life such as mine : uh=uh. No way!

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    • What a fab idea, I clearly need to get myself organised and motivated. I haven’t any epic journeys planned other than work and family but there’s always something more pressing to do and I like your timetable too!

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  6. Ah, we feel for others as we have an easy time of it – our blogs virtually write themselves. We’d find it very hard to come up with inspiration on a regular basis and congratulate all who do. The advice from Pleun is good.

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    • Well I love all your pictures and could read your rescue stories all day – that’s if Tescos sold enough tissues of course! I just sit down with a cuppa and it’s a pleasure going through your posts – really sets me up for the day

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      • And we adore every post of yours – seriously. So, don’t post when you don’t feel like it – we’ll wait until you do and for the laughter or tears you evoke.

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  7. I’ll never know how some people write 1000 word posts two or three times a week. My goal was two posts and now I’m down to one. I think while some can devote their life to their blog, with three small kids I often find life gets in the way of mine. Then I have alter my perspective and remind myself that life is more important and without it there’d BE no blog.
    Like you, I’m easily mistaken for a lazy trollop but I know I work best when I have no pressures – I’m just not one of those people who thrive on adrenaline, I get agitated instead of focused. Creativity is a wild animal, when you try to capture it and choreograph its movements it’s spirit disappears into the ether. I try to remember I blog because I love it and it’s my place to be and do whatever I want. As soon as I slide towards writing FOR my readers instead of TO them the whole thing becomes joyless and mechanical. There, I’ve waffled on long enough. Great to have you back xxx

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    • Aisha I aspire to be as organised & disciplined as you – really! and I love what you said about capturing the spirit and I think I too started with an unrealistic timetable and it runs me instead of the other way around and that’s when it becomes a chore. Great to be back and I truly mean that x

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  8. I have sometimes have quite a while that goes by without writing a post and that’s not good! I too have several drafts sitting in WordPress waiting to be finished or improved. Sometimes I start with good intentions and a real wish to write a post and then the photo won’t go in the right place or something happens to interrupt me and it all goes to pot. At the moment I’m wanting to continue the sequel to my last post and feel quite encouraged by a friend asking me about it – so who knows I might just get going again. I agree with Pleun that it’s good to write when you actually want to -I love your posts – but it’s got to be fun for you too! And don’t worry, we can wait for the time to be right for you.

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    • I’ve got a few drafts that I started then abandoned so maybe I do need to revisit them but I realised today that life can either get in the way of blogging or become part of it so I think that I may have got my mojo back at last

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  9. Blogging allows me to write about my travels – Scotland, Turkey, the USA and a few other places. My target audience is friends and family but the real bonus is the interest from the blogoshere. People like you add a fantastic dimension to enthusiasm to write more. Keep up your most lively writings and inspire your followers.

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  10. I suffer every time I write anything. Nothing is good enough but I never would have guessed that you struggle with the same problem. You must however be doing something right, because your posts flow with what seems like effortless ease and I for one, really enjoy them. 🙂

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  11. I just do it for the enjoyment it gives me. Posting my travel pics reminds me of the great times I’ve had, and it’s great to interact with other bloggers around the world. It’s like having an extended family. 🙂

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  12. I don’t know what keeps me going. I could spend hours on one single blog post that ultimately only gets read less than twenty times. I’m relatively new and I don’t post frequently; maybe that’s why.

    But my posts being read at all already provides consolation and the encouragement I need. Getting ideas across, you know. There are so many great ideas out there, including those written by new bloggers like me. I’ve made it my mission to let their voices be heard too.

    In the end, I think, I just blog for the sake of writing and getting better at the craft, to prepare me for greater works in the future.

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    • I’ve only been blogging a year and you are most definitely right, blogging has without a doubt made me a better writer but what I’ve enjoyed the most is the encouragement that you get from the blogging community and that my friend is worth more than gold.

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  13. I rarely sensor myself when blogging…I just get diarrhea of the fingers and let them fly. Occasionally I’ll stop to correct a thought or typo to be more clear, but that’s about it. My manuscripts are a different story. I need breaks. I need a clear head. I need to walk my dog. To do the dishes. To make dinner… In other words, you’re not the only one who finds herself procrastinating. 😉

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  14. Bad music, great music, a random thought that stays with me long enough I think I need to talk about it…Inspiration takes many different forms. I am trying to learn to worry less about a structured schedule and more about the quality of what I do write. I don’t want to post just to do it. I write better when there is a good story worth sharing.

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  15. Rewriting/editing/proofing is all part of the process for me. When I began my posts, I assumed I would draw interest from senior women runners like myself. Not the case. There are a few, but definitely in the minority. I love that readers are all over the globe and such a mixed group. I enjoy your posts so keep at it – at your pace.

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  16. I don’t seem to be able to post more than about once a week, and that seems like plenty. I love hearing from my blogging buddies, and feel a satisfaction from completing each post. It does sometimes feel like a burden, or that it takes its toll on the writing of more serious and long term projects–manuscripts or storytelling programs.
    I let weekly photo prompts go by with reluctance, if it’s something I know I could address, but just don’t have the time for; but we have to make choices. I never seem to have problems coming up with ideas though. The many weekly prompts help, although I take artistic license with them. I try to find ways to weave a story or at least a cohesive idea into it, that will hold some meaning to me or my readers. When I think of what I want to say, the story is no longer a burden, but a challenge, and I have fun with it. I sure wish it didn’t take so long, but I am a slow writer.

    I love your voice–wouldn’t have guessed the words didn’t drop like pearls from your lips–or your fingertips!

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    • I wish Naomi! I love what you said and I do think I need to relax more about a blogging timetable and maybe it will all come together and I do like stories that you weave although the one about your mum was one of my favourites

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  17. An excellent post and great discussion. Your idea about writing to one of your followers as a way of composing your thoughts was quite ingenious. My blogs are letters to myself. They are thoughts that travel through my mind that allow me to explore humanity’s need to find meaning and purpose in the everyday. Writing is my way of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. We are finite creatures yet we live within the infinite. We plan and yet it is the randomness of our journey that provides the challenge and inspiration to live big, to love fully and shine brightly as we traverse the years. Blogging captures progress and positions the time and space of shared experiences. For in the end,it is about the connections that we make along the way that makes all of the difference.

    Life is remarkable….

    “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    ― Anaïs Nin

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  18. Dallas, you know me … I write about everything that just pops up … and there always something on my mind. I write in words first most of the time … then paste into the post – then I have to read it and changed about 10 times, because of my Swenglish – we put words is a different following than in English, and sometimes it comes out so bad .. sometimes I notice it .. sometimes I notice it days after.
    A post for me – takes time .. because I want to find a tune that suits the post … I want to find the right images, some carry one, but I enjoy every moment .. every like .. every comment.

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  19. I write what comes to mind, whether what is going on in the world (politics) or what is going on in my life or my history. Truly it is a matter of what mood I am in. Like you I use Word as the starting point. I do not set deadlines or goals. It is simply what I feel like. My blog is my personal space so I feel no compulsion to do more or less. I would far rather interact with others than force myself to do something I enjoy, thus take the pleasure from it.

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    • As I read through the comments I realise that I have probably have been setting myself some pretty unrealistic targets and probably need to be a little more chilled otherwise I’m not going to be blogging in another year’s time!

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  20. Well Dallas your posts always seem so spontaneous I always look forward to them, don’t worry about how often, just let it be writing for your own enjoyment. I started off blogging when I set off around Australia with Jack in 2010 mainly to record the journey and to let family and friends see were we where. Once started I was hooked, in the early days they did not put likes on posts and I hardly ever got comments. But times have changed and I really find the likes and comments keep me motivated. I enjoy the interaction with blogging buddies, I hardly ever read books or magazines these days and TV remote gathers dust in the corner. I find myself evaluating almost every thing I do as to how I will post it and what photos I need to take for the post. Oh dear life revolves around blogging these days…..

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    • How times have changed you have zillions of likes and comments now. I seldom watch television now, although I do read but I’m more likely to read other blogs with my morning tea now which was a habit I started in Turkey and I really enjoy it – basically because I’m nosey and love the banter!

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  21. Depends on your reason for blogging really. If you’re just doing it for your own benefit then you don’t need to impose any demands on yourself and just write when you feel ready

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    • That is very true but I think that when you first start blogging it’s so easy to be overwhelmed by all this very seasoned and experienced bloggers that seem to know what their doing as opposed to mere amateurs – like me!

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  22. Oh, I’m like you – a procrastinator of note. If it weren’t for deadlines, I’d probably never do anything 🙂 What you say about thinking that you are writing to one of us really does show in your posts. It always feels like a personal letter. I love it.

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    • If I were you I’d want to sit there all day playing with Miss Pixels; she must make it hard to concentrate. Ours are a tad too old now and just prefer to lie across my keyboard and snore! I’m glad you like the letter idea; when I get an idea for a post I’m usually writing it with one of you in mind.

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  23. It’s comforting to know that bloggers like you have the same problems – I sometimes have the biggest writer’s block when I have literally nothing to write about, but I want to write something. My motivation comes from everything – a film I watch, a book I read, something I learned – it is pretty much all over the place. That is why my blog is titled Organised Clutter – because it is all over the place most of the time with no running theme.
    There are many times when I wish I had concentrated on a particular theme, like books only, or just fashion – but I guess my theme is my mind, I write whatever crosses my mind. It is difficult to write something everyday but it is amazing having something to write about on a daily basis. Your posts are always full of funny anecdotes and interesting pictures – it’s what makes them unique and that is why you’re so popular. It’s blogs like yours that inspire me, I look at the work and effort other people put and it makes me want to make mine better.
    That was a bit of a ramble – but you asked quite a question!

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    • I most certainly did ask for inspiration. I consider myself more of a people watcher than a writer and I just record what makes me laugh or cry and now that I’ve come to know so many of you; I know that many of you share my humour. Incidentally, whilst I was in Turkey I noticed on FB that you were blogging about a book or a film I’d seen and I wanted to join in the discussion but sadly couldn’t access the link to WordPress which was just a tad frustrating! I don’t like being left out you know!

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  24. Great post, Dear Dallas! As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging much of late, not because I have no inspiration, but I don’t know where to start! The world of growing your own food is endlessly fascinating and perplexing (as your Da well knows…how is he BTW?), and I usually get caught up in moving dirt and seeds around, and taking pictures of every bug, and don’t get anything written. I’m going to try and do better. I’m writing a post on the Bee crisis today, HOPEFULLY, (if bees are imperiled, so are humans) and uploading a new episode of “Late Bloomer.” And I’m behind on my Crazy Train blogs! I’m going away for 8 days and hope to have time while in Tennessee for cup of tea and read all the ones I’ve missed! Might I point out the obvious? The fact that you take so much care in writing your blogs shows that you are the true writer I know you to be! Publishers, come and find Dallas Dyson!!! – Kaye
    http://www.youtube.com/user/kittrellkaye (new episode coming today!)

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    • Oh bless you Kaye, from your lips to God’s ears! But life does take over and if you’re doing what you enjoy best then that’s the secret to a happy life. Dad’s back to full strength (don’t we know it). Have a great time in Tennessee looking forward to seeing your pictures x

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  25. I so know where you’re coming from. Last year I did the challenge if blogging every day and it did become a chore. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing but when it becomes something I must do every day then it becomes a struggle. This year I write when I have something to write about which is not necessarily every day. And I’m enjoying it again. My biggest problem? Thinking of interesting titles for my posts!

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  26. Hi Dallas! When I started blogging, I sent up a post twice a day. That quickly went to once a day, then dropped to a few times a week. I’m lucky if I post once a week now. I have no rhyme or reason, I simply post when I want to babble about something. I’m easily distracted, and I don’t always follow through with what I’ve started to write.
    I love the stories you tell here, Dallas. You’ve shared some beautiful thoughts and tales, and you’ve made me laugh out loud. Just keep doing what you’re doing, because you do it so well. I look forward to whenever you post. 🙂

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    • Thank you Maddie. The more I hear from other bloggers the more I understand that we all started with really high maintenance timetables which has relaxed as time has gone on. I think it’s arriving at that realisation that is the key

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  27. I think every writer struggles with writing sometimes. There are occasions when you get into the flow, as you say, with a topic that means something to you, but even if you feel enthusiastic sometimes it can be a painfully slow and arthritic business. I think you have to try and find a balance of self-discipline and allowing yourself time for thoughts to flow. Deadlines work for some people but not for others. I know of writers who claim to write 1,000 words every day as a discipline and I admire that determination but I’ve tried it myself and not been able to keep it up. For me, that’s too much pressure, I’m not always in the mood to write, and I would rather not write for a few days and then knock out something reasonably good when the mood takes me. On the other hand, any time spent writing is good practice so perhaps it’s worth doing regularly to keep improving, even if what you write is sub-standard. As for motivation, blogging is a wonderfully motivating way of writing because you know people are going to read what you write and often comment on it.

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    • I’m a better writer for blogging beyond any shadow of a doubt but I couldn’t sit down and write a 1,000 words everyday but that doesn’t stop me admiring those that do. It’s finding what’s right for you and not stressing about it, although it’s taken me a while to get there and reading what works for everyone

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  29. Agree. I can’t quite understand how people post every day – as I struggle to get out one a week after the time it takes to retest and rewrite a recipe and then add a story.

    What keeps me coming back to your blog is that you make me laugh. You can even make the bad things that happen to you and others seem light-hearted. You have a great view of the world — to be able to find a bit of humor and love in just about anything.

    And what a great idea to ask your audience what they like. I will do that soon….

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    • I enjoy seeing the funny in all types of situations even when sometimes it’s a little bit overwhelming. There’s a lot of work that goes into your recipes and the pictures so I completely understand why you would only be able to do it once a week and I’m complaining about twice a week when it’s just me and the laptop. I always think that my fellow bloggers come up with the best ideas too.

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  30. Oh Dallas… it’s so good to have you back, but like others have said before me… post only when you feel like it. In so many ways I have it easy since I let the images do the talking for me, but at the moment I’m getting swamped under posts to read and comments to make…. and travel time and bad internet connections will have me trying to play catch-up when I get home.

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    • Hello lovely lady; I think a lot of us have reached blogging burnout and can feel a bit overwhelmed. I have learned so much in the last year but now I realise it’s all about having an achievable timetable; haven’t bothered about stats in yonks so as long as I enjoy doing it I will continue and besides I’d miss all of you!

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  31. There must be a lot of reasons why people write… sometimes in the hope that ssomeone out there’ will finally understand them. And there are so many ways of writing, as well as styles. I’ve known some writers who wrote painfully and slow, but when reading their writing, it seemed so easy… one could just sail along with the narrative. I really do hope you keep on writing, because I enjoy your blog very much. And for whatever reason you write, I hope you get some satisfaction.

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    • I love the interaction with other bloggers and I’d most definitely miss that and it’s nice to know that everyone has addressed their blogging schedules at some point but it’s what finding what makes you happy and isn’t that the secret of all things in life?

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  32. Good post! I personally need to feel non-stressed while still having a topic. That’s when the stars align and I can go and go. And as always, once I start I’m able to keep going. It’s *starting* that is the hardest step.

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  33. Oh, I am a serious procrastinator! I feel your pain. I know exactly what you mean when you say if you don’t write about an idea right away the idea fizzles and it never really gets the attention it deserves.
    When I start to feel writers block or lazy or apathetic I take a little break from writing and go back to read some of my favorite posts I’ve written and the comments that come with them. It reminds me that I really do love this little hobby I’ve created and that I’m good at it (in my mind anyway). I also read my favorite blogs in hopes of a little inspiration.
    Every now and then I make a list of the topics I want to blog about. It makes it seem more manageable and also feels good to cross something off my list once it’s posted.

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    • What a fabulous idea! I do the reading of blogs but sometimes I use that as an excuse for not sitting down to writing and I do the list thing but I think sometimes you can get blog burnout if like you, we don’t take enough breaks

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  34. I am a lot like you Dallas. Hate deadlines and strict schedules. The excitement of the first few months of blogging spurred me on to do more until I started feeling overwhelmed. Especially when I returned from a break. Blog burn out if you will.
    I think it is essential to take a step back and figure out what suits us best. So now i post at my own pace. And try to participate in fewer challenges and only if I have something worthwhile to show/say. Seems to work……when I get over my ‘starting problem’ 🙂

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    • That is exactly how I have felt; I think that when I started blogging I felt that I had to keep up with everyone else but we all do things at our own pace and I’ve had to find mine the hard way. And I have the starting problem too especially if I can read something instead with a good cup of tea

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