A couple of days ago I tweeted this:
My original intent was to find a person (or group of people) willing and able to help me stay on track with my own writing goals. I was becoming increasingly frustrated with myself for not putting fingers to keys and writing out a blog post that had been renting considerable space in my head for some time. As is often the case within our Twitter community, I was excited and a bit overwhelmed to see the quick and numerous responses to my tweet. In particular, this one caught my eye:
And this one too:
First off, a big thank you to Eric and Laura for engaging me in discussion and challenging me to think through what it really was I wanted out of that tweet. Behind the frustration and general grumpiness that tweet may have showed, I discovered within our #sachat community that there were others like me. Friends who needed inspiration, encouragement and yes, motivation, to start or continue blogging to share thoughts and ideas with the wider group.
While I am definitely in the ‘blogging because I want to’ camp, there can be a large gap between ‘wanting to’ and actually doing it. I even wrote a blog post about it. (Anyone else see the weird irony there?) My biggest blogging barrier (alliteration copyright pending) is trying to work out ideas that make sense in my head before writing them out. Being a strong E on the Introvert/Extrovert scale, my internal motivation is often sparked by external discussions and interactions. I experienced this awesome process originally through tweets with the amazing Bryce Hughes, who got me thinking about mentorship beyond 140 characters of inspiration. As we started commenting on each other’s postings, we found an almost organic process was developing. For every blog ‘conversation’ we had, I found not only more topics to explore, but those topics also found a space to be refined through Bryce’s suggestions and questions. Since I found this process so rewarding, I would love to share it with anyone else looking for some support as they continue on this blogging journey.
Instead of being motivated by the quantity of blogs I expect to publish, I’m looking for people who also enjoy working through ideas with someone else as a sounding board. I certainly don’t expect this will work for everyone, but I know it works for me and I’d love to find some like-minded friends to connect with. While I know not everyone will want to work this way, I’ve seen great things come from these conversations and idea exchanges. While motivation for blogging is best when it comes from within, that inner spark of inspiration can come from external sources, and that’s what I’m hoping this think tank will do. Please feel free to pass along this idea to other friends working through some blogging ideas. I’d also love to hear more from others who may not like or feel comfortable with this idea. What’s your creative process like? How do you work through your ideas? Just as we know there is no one size fits all learning and creative process for our students, I am open to exploring this and other ideas for helping us all write awesome, inspiring blogs.