I recently took a few days to reflect and recharge. I tirelessly watched the sunrise as it gradually gave definition to the waves that swelled, crested, and crashed beneath it, all without a digital device interrupting me.
As I watched intently and uninterrupted, I thought a lot about my reflective practices, processes, and tools this year. I had thought I would have an opportunity to do more blogging this year, but for many reasons, this hasn’t been the case.
Instead, I have spent a lot of time learning and making sense of many changes with colleagues via conversations and collaborative projects.
I also found ways to maintain some “pre-blogging” activities such as collecting bookmarks, writing lots of notes, journaling, taking pictures of images that represent useful metaphors, and continuing to work to improve my sketchnote making and doodling abilities.
Even though I didn’t develop a routine blogging habit this year, these pre-blogging activities are helping me move closer to developing a blogging habit in the following ways…
- developing better insights, or perhaps a tighter focus for my blogging goals
- developing better repositories of images and ideas
- establishing and improving my systems to organize, collect and create materials around my blogging goals and across digital and social platforms.
- providing opportunities to develop better overall visual communication skills
Keeping these ideas in mind, I know that I need to set some priorities, deadlines, and boundaries for myself if I’d like to start blogging on a routine basis. Here are my current ideas for beginning to establish a blogging routine:
- Use a few select blog categories to focus blog writing, idea and image collections, in a way that contributes to a greater discussion. Quite serendipitously, I ran across John’s Stepper new post about goal setting and purposeful discovery which helps illuminate more ideas on this topic.
- Make a blog topics spreadsheet, with a ‘priority’ column, and category column that I can use to make decisions about what I should blog about first and how these topics relate to my goals.
- Commit to sharing my story when I go to an event or present at a conference.
- Blog with fewer words. (I’m considering limiting myself to approximately 400 words for awhile.)
- Use more visual prompts and metaphors.
- Start with a realistic goal (e.g. 1 blog post per month?).
- Set an appropriate time aside. (I’m working on determining what this means.)
- Learn how others have set and mastered committing to this habit.
Having this list is a bit like seeing the sunrise over the horizon. There is more I’ll have to do, more questions to answer, and more I’ll have to commit to in order to see the daylight of establishing a more routine blogging practice. In the meantime, I’m learning a lot, which in itself is worth taking the time to establish the practice.