It has been a long time since I chose to write a blog. There are many reasons for this but primarily I am fundamentally a lazy human. I was seduced by micro-blogging, by the idea of spouting out 140 characters or just re-tweeting something that someone else had written. I got really lazy and now my writing muscles have all but atrophied.
Then I stumbled upon this article by Jeff Goins. It is a really good read that inspired me to get off my figurative ass and do something every once in a while.
So far, so righteous.
This put me in my usual situation which I’m sure stems from a deep seated desire to procrastinate my days away. I immediately started an online search for the perfect blogging tool. For some reason I look for the tool first before I think about the content. I do this as a photographer, I do this as a project manager, I did it as a student and on reflection I probably also do it as a father.
The thing is that I already thought that knew the answer. I was certain that I was going to to with WordPress because I had loads of experience with working with that tool. Still, I looked up the various options, I didn’t find many surprises. There were a couple of new ones like Ghost that looked nice but not really that dissimilar to WP. I shuddered at the thought of installing Drupal for the sake of a blog. But here I go again, wibbling on about the tools when in fact the most important part is the content.
What should the content be about? I need to clearly have a part of the universe that I can talk about. Wil Wheaton is able to talk about anything he pleases pretty much but then he has been able to carve out a niche for himself as being the lord of the geeks or something. That I am not. I thought that I could write about the various photography projects that I am working on. I thought that I could right about writing. I even thought that I could write about not writing. While I was installing WordPress to my host I thought about writing about how technology prevents us from writing (I refer you to my previous statement about procrastination) as I constantly hit problems. As of this time I have 500 error. I’m pretty sure I know why. I’ll get around to fixing it someday.
So my procrastination fuelled post ended up being fundamentally about procrastination. It should come as no surprise. I am a cautionary tale for those out there who are thinking about doing something but can’t quite seem to find the right circumstances. I blame my children* and my job because they take up too much of my time, preventing me from doing the things that I would like to try to be good at. If only there were more hours in the day for doing such stuff. I’m deleting the Ghost install because I probably won’t use it. The broken WordPress install will sit there for a while on the pile of things that I need to get around to, like the gardening or tidying the shed.
So, I still need to figure out what to write about and where to put it but at least it is clear to me what is stopping me.
*I adore my children and I in fact do not blame them for anything, just in case the sarcasm in that paragraph is clear. I in fact blame myself for not just getting on with it. My job… yeah that is pretty much to blame for a lot of things.