Summer is officially over. Kids are back at school finishing the end of their 3rd week. Time to get back writing the blog. I have missed it, but with the busy schedules of the summer it was a nice break. One of my goals this summer was to be outside as much as possible, and taking a break from the chains of my laptop was a big help in making that happen.
I am refreshed after three months. I have overcome my lack of ideas which was plaguing me in June. I have created a mental list of “breakthrough” content and I can’t wait to pour it onto the screen. Oh wait, when I open the WordPress template this morning, and try to figure out where to start, nothing. Nothing at all. How can this be? Where did all of those late night ideas go, or the ones I had while on the mountain bike trail this summer. Lost in the land of writers block. Nothing.
So, the only place for me to start is by reminding myself why I do this. Here are my top five reasons why I blog. Let’s hope that this helps me remember that I do love it.
- It makes me grateful for what I have in my life. When writing, I often step back and think about all of the good things around me. When I am going at 100mph daily, it is so easy to overlook the all of the good around me.
- It allows me a vehicle for creative expression. I have an amazing team at work, and because they are so great, I don’t get to play in the work as much. Good problem to have, but the blog becomes necessary.
- It is something that I do for me. Given my job, my kids, my husband my family and my friends filling up the time in my life, I rarely do things just for me. I am realizing this may be a little ironic assuming that someone out there is probably reading this.
- It allows me to think further out than just about today. Often in reflecting about what to write, I take a longer view of life than normal. When writing, I am not worried about today or tomorrows schedule but instead focusing on something in the future.
- It helps me to open up. I was reading an article today about 5 Habits That Are Destroying Your Ability To Lead. The first one of these is about “Isolating Yourself.” Isolation as a leader can take many forms – from physical to mental to emotional. I never intend to isolate myself from my team, but sometimes schedule makes it happen. I find that when I write, it helps me become ready to be open with my team and takes some of my personal walls down.
So, it is worth it. It is worth the writers block and the frustration associated with ideas not flowing. It is worth directing my small amount of personal time this direction. At least, that is my conclusion for now. Stay tuned as I am sure that over the next few weeks as I get back in the swing of things, you may find me writing a blog titled the “5 things I Hate About Blogging”. But, for now, my commitment is to stick with it!