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When you write a new blog entry, how do you decide what to write? And how do you decide how to write it?

I’m sure everyone does this differently, and it’d be interesting to hear some answers. As for myself, I usually write when I’m feeling inspired. I can write without feeling inspired, but it’s much harder for me. Firstly, it’s not fun. Secondly, words are hard to come by — I can spend an eternity perfecting the second paragraph. And lastly, even if I manage to finish the entry (and I often don’t), I often hold off on posting it. If I don’t really like it, why would someone else?

Unless I’m really sleepy or really upset, I do read my entries before posting them. I read them to ensure they meet my not-very-stringent criteria for published entries. Firstly, the entry must be entertaining. Secondly, it must be as concise as possible. Thirdly, it has to be as self-contained as possible.

All of these requirements can be, and have been, waived in some circumstances. For instance, important updates aren’t required to be entertaining (although if they are, it’s a bonus). Entries aren’t required to be concise if I’d have to edit out the interesting parts, or render the entry meaningless, to make it so. Entries aren’t required to be self-contained if they’re a follow-up to another entry. I’m also more likely to waive requirements if I haven’t written anything in a while.

Really, the hard part of blogging for me is motivating myself to write. Inspiration doesn’t strike that often, or at least not at times I’m actually at a computer. I have no shortage of things to write about (including this, I have eight drafts!), but I don’t feel like writing about any of them. Not even this, but I decided it looked like the easiest draft to tackle. Hmm.

Anyway, that’s the convoluted manner in which I compose my blog entries. How do you write yours?

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3 Comments

  1. I wish I can say that I only write when I’m inspired… I usually do. But sometimes, I write because I NEED to write. I don’t think I can exaggerate how much I love to write stuff down. Like you, I usually don’t run out of ideas… I have 72 drafts! But I can be a little picky about what I publish because sometimes, there are things I write about which don’t seem to come together at the end and I work on the same posts for days/weeks/months until I feel satisfied with what I’ve written.

    As much as I hate the idea of writing for an audience, some of my posts are definitely geared towards an audience. I write about topics which are intriguing to me and which I want to hear other people’s thoughts on.

  2. For me, I just write when I’m feeling inspired.. Photography and travel helps! p.s LOVE the bloG!

  3. I generally ‘store’ things I come across in every day life or happenings during the day in my head to write about at the end of the day. Or earlier if I can get to a computer.

    When I’m uninspired I write about random things that don’t really make sense (like my pancake entry), which usually are random facts and things about me or my pets or other random thoughts.

    When I have the time I read my favourite news pages and if the story is interesting enough I will write my 2 cents about it.

    So it really just depends on how I feel when it comes to writing.


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