Restarting a Habit

I tend to approach blogging like I approach speaking: if I don’t have anything to say, I won’t say anything. I’m not going to speak (or write) simply to fill the silence. In some situations, I’ve found that it makes people more inclined to listen when I do have something to say.

Aaron asked me this weekend if I was planning to post to my blog every weekday for just the month of December. I had originally thought I should start in December, but then make it like my Photo Thursday agreement with myself: all year long. Now that I think about it, though, it might be a better idea to just commit to one month of blogging every weekday, then to sit back and see if the content quality matches the quantity. I don’t want to be posting drivel, after all.

It’s not like I don’t have plenty of topics to cover; some topics have been in the queue so long that they’re no longer even relevant. The problem is figuring out when to write. Do I sit down right after my run? After dinner? After chores? At what point will I be finished with my other responsibilities of the day, but still have enough mental capacity to focus on writing? And how do I successfully unplug from my iPhone games, my blogs, my Twitter, long enough to write something coherent?

Writing is a habit and a skill that I’m going to have to redevelop over time. As with all writers, though, Rule #1 is to just get my butt in the chair and start writing.