On BlogHer’10 and Writing

A week and a half ago, I attended my second BlogHer conference. It was many things to many people. For me it was inspiring, thought-provoking, educational, interesting, fun, exhausting, exciting, frustrating, troublesome, inspiring, surprising, exhilarating, awesome, and (yes, I’ll say it for the third time) inspiring.

Unlike my first year of attending BlogHer, I made a point of pacing myself this year. I decided to only attend a few of the panels and some of the keynotes. I made plans to do things outside the hotel (like sight-seeing with my friend Heather from A Mama’s Blog). I made sure I had some downtime in my hotel room each day. I made sure I ate a lot of vegetables and fruits. I didn’t try to meet and network with as many people as I could, but instead decided to spend quality time with smaller groups. (Not that there’s anything wrong with networking, but my heart just wasn’t in it this year.) I feel like I’ve been living a slower, simpler life at home lately and wanted that kind of experience out of BlogHer too. I wanted to take it easy at BlogHer, have fun, and be inspired. I think I succeeded in doing all three.

The three panels I chose to attend (and it was tough deciding because there were many I would’ve liked to attend) were Writing Inspiration: Stoke Your Creativity, Radical Blogging Moms: Don’t Even Think About Not Taking These Bloggers Seriously, and The Mega “Mindful Monetization” Session. I took something away from all three of them, but the one I’ve been thinking about the most lately is the Writing panel.

You may have noticed that my post count has gone down significantly lately. No? You haven’t noticed? Aren’t you sweet. 😉 As always, its not that I don’t have anything to write about, its that I’ve been lacking the motivation to just sit down and write. The writing panel gave me some ideas on how I might “stoke my creativity” and work on getting in the habit of writing – even for just 20-30 minutes – every day. (And ya know, I actually took notes with a pen and paper in that panel and now I can’t find my notebook at the moment or I’d mention more specifically some of the ideas shared. I think I’ll write another post down the road with those ideas.) Now that doesn’t mean I will crank out a blog post every day, but I am hoping that the practice of writing every day will encourage me to blog more frequently. The more I write, the easier it will be for me to write a post when I want to. At least in theory.

Anybody want to commit to writing 20-30 minutes a day with me? 🙂 We can do this together.

I will write more on what I found so inspiring (there were a lot of things, mostly people) and what was troublesome and frustrating (not too terribly much, which is a good thing) in a later post.

Also later this week I will be blogging about drinking alcohol while pregnant and whether or not pregnant women should be served by restaurants and bars. It should be a good post and I expect a lively discussion to follow. 😉

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19 thoughts on “On BlogHer’10 and Writing”

  1. I’ve heard great things about 750words.com.

    It’s like an on-line journal, but its not shared with anyone, and the site has programs that process all your writing giving you some interesting information about what you are putting down. Might be worth a try.

    I keep meaning to start myself, and maybe now is the time!

  2. I’ll commit to writing 20-30 minutes a day. I’ve been trying to find the motivation myself to write more, and when I saw your challenge, seemed like just the support and commitment I need!

  3. I’ll join. I’ve been slacking lately, and have been feeling like I can’t possibly find time to write. Need to get with the program, 20-30 minutes should be the right way to jump back in.

  4. Glad to see that some of you could use the writing challenge too. I think I will have to post check-ins every week or so to hold us all accountable and so we can support each other! 🙂

    Brekke – Thanks for mentioning 750words.com. I will check that out!

  5. I’m in! It’s one of the things I keep saying I’m going to do and then procrastinate until the cows come home. Motivation is good 🙂

  6. I have transferred my blog over to self hosting in the last few weeks, so I feel I have been distracted by that. And now I am distracted by cool plugins. So I could use a writing challenge too!

  7. Um YES to needing to write MORE. I’m like you – I have lots of thoughts swimming, but just so little discipline in translating thoughts to words. I’m there!

    Also, thanks to the commenter above for the 750words tip!

  8. I am SO in. Just yesterday, I wrote out a new morning routine for myself that includes writing morning pages every day, plus another hour of either fiction or blog writing.

    It would really help to know that I’m not alone in this. Thanks for a great idea!

  9. Man, day 2 and I am already don’t feel like writing. I really want to work on my fiction. Like I was even thinking about it this morning, and what I want to write next, but I just don’t want to sit and do it. Well, it’s because I don’t have all the details ironed out. I just want to write, don’t want to figure out background. Only have an hour left in the day, so can’t procrastinate much longer though

  10. Amy – This year I embarked on a picture-a-day project. I committed to taking a photo, posting it and writing something about it every day (http://missmyriad.wordpress.com). Some days I wonder why on Earth I thought this was a good idea, but on the whole, I’m loving it because it forces me to write something each day. And, indeed, I have found that as the months have gone on, the writing comes easier and easier. I had gotten rusty, and I’m getting my writing muscles back into shape. 🙂

    I continue to enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.

  11. I committed to a similar routine about a month ago – either morning pages or a run every morning. And I put it on my blog to encourage me to keep it up 🙂 It’s working well for me so far, I hope your 20 – 30 minutes is working well for you.

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