I like to write the first half of blog posts, or the middle of posts, or the end. Rarely do I like to write a whole blog post.
I mean I would LOVE to write a whole blog post. The same way I would LOVE to run a 1/2 marathon (because running a full one would just be crazy) or LOVE to eat fresh, organic food all the time. They’re great ideas, but the likelihood of me following through on them isn’t looking too hot.
For example, I have more than a dozen half written blog posts in my drafts folder right now. I’ve started writing at least 4 different posts tonight already. No joke 4 different posts. Maybe more. I can’t stop to count now because I know if I do I will lose my focus and this post won’t ever get done either.
The problem is that I have all these “really good ideas” floating around in my head. They come in random spurts, at random times. In the shower, in the car, while I’m doing the dishes. Never do they come when I actually have a pen, paper or laptop in front of me.
So I’m left later to try to gather the remnants of the brilliant ideas I had and transfer them into some sort of readable form, complete with a “pin-able” imagine and (if I’m lucky) some good SEO phrases. (Side note: Did you know there is a red “pin-it” button if you hover over the top of any of my images? And I won’t be mad if you go through my site and “pin” every single one? Nope, not mad at all- pin away!)
Anyway, so often I am left with a few good ideas or phrases or concepts and don’t quite have the brain power or mental stamina or bout of creativity to complete said posts.
Plus, pretty much every personality test I’ve ever taken highlights how much I love Starting new projects, none of them ever say anything about how I am good at finishing them. Nope, not one.
I guess I need to develop a little more discipline in that arena.
One thing that I did for this post that worked out great is absolutely refuse to stop writing. I didn’t let my normal distractions distract me. I didn’t decide I needed to “take a break” to “look for inspiration” on Pinterest or Bloglovin’. I didn’t let myself look for the perfect image for this post until after it was done. And I didn’t even let myself minimize my browser for a moment to look at any other possible distraction present on my laptop. This whole post is just free-form writing. No editing, so second guessing, just write, write, write until it’s done. It’s a good focus exercise and something I need to do more often.
That said, here are a few posts that I’ve been “working” on lately:
Bloggers are Brave and the Power of Vulnerability in Creativity (including some examples of my favorite brave bloggers and a huge shout out to Brene Brown!)
So You’re Thinking about Getting an iPhone 6 (My review on Apple’s latest product. Spoiler alert: you’re going to love it)
The Importance of Travel for Kids (my life wouldn’t be what it was today if my parent’s hadn’t encouraged me to travel in my youth)
Dreaming Big But Starting Small (Taking the first step to making our super-sized dreams a reality)
Tips and Tricks for choosing Exterior and Interior Paint Colors without losing your mind (ok you might feel like you’re losing your mind once or twice, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum)
Before and After Photos of My New Home (I have a fabulous excuse for not completing these quite yet, as the house isn’t actually done yet either. Getting sooooo close though!)
Ten (or more) Lessons I’ve Learned About Blogging (And in my opinion, they’re good, original ones too)
Shows I’ve Binge Watched Lately (and you should too)
A DIY Guide to planting succulents (because if I can do it, you can do it!)
Alright, now that I’ve publicly “outed” myself, perhaps I will be a bit more motivated to finish a post or two this week.
In fact, I am making that my goal for the week- to finish and publish a few of these posts and to finish a few to share in the upcoming weeks as well.
So tell me:
1) Are you a “starter” or a “finisher”?
2) Is there a project you’ve been procrastinating with lately?
3) What tips do you have to wrap up a project? (Obviously, I could use a few tips)
4) Which of the above posts are you most looking forward to reading? (I might benefit from some encouragement, don’t you think?)