Sometimes Writing is Tough
There are a lot of reasons for not writing – and people all over the Internet write about them and how to overcome them. In fact, one of the great “fall backs” when you don’t have anything to write about is writing about your difficulties.(Though I would never do anything so cheesy)
The problem is obvious – you get distracted, you get burned out, you get writer’s block, or sometimes you feel like you don’t have a new idea. But I realized recently that I sometimes have a different problem when I write here. I get paralyzed by the fear of writing something that is less than important.
AgentGenius has been the site of some really great discussions, and some of them were pretty weighty – and the site has broken some important real estate news, in fact I had the pleasure of doing that once and it rocked – I still remember the excitement of getting the news, typing the post, and knowing that we would be breaking out with it before any of the more traditional news sources. And with the bar set so high, it is often tough to write something more mundane because you feel the need to be outstanding.
It Doesn’t Need to be
Last week I participated in a twitversation with Jim Marks of Virtual Design. Jim asked a few people to take part in a twitter conversation which asked the question “What would you tell a REALTOR whi is new to blogging to help him/her write compelling copy?” The idea was crowdsourcing a Blog Post, and for 15 minutes, all of the participants gave their suggestions in 140 character bursts. A great idea, but not the point of this post (though it is a great thing to do if you have a problem finding a post content) One of the tweets from Kris Berg held an epiphany for me. “Don’t obsess. World peace doesn’t hinge on your post. (Now I am off to get a haircut. See? I’m not obsessing.)”
As the light went on in my mind, I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders. No longer bearing the responsibility for World Peace, I was able to just sit down and write a post – hoping that it would be interesting to someone.
Oh yeah, there was a second tweet that reminded me of the “write” priority “Write about things you read, Write about what you think, Write about what you agree or disagree with, BUT WRITE!” The genius who helped me through that part of the process – (I blush) was me.
I guess sometimes you just need to remember what you already know. So get out there and just write something. You need to be part of the conversation if you want to have any input.