Marilyn Davis kindly points out that “writing: we all get the same 24/7/365.” Yes, we all do whatever it is we choose to do, yet I have to say that while my website may be open 24 – 7-365 it does not mean I am working those hours.
My publicity mechanism operates on a 24 – 7-365 basis as well (thanks to the tools that I use). One of the beauties of the modern world is that we can choose when we work, yet we can still seem active, even when we are not working. This article is founded on an article that was at one time published on Two Drops of Ink.
Just Taking a Nap…
That little rest did me the world of good just 10 minutes. The concept of earning while sleeping is not new though. Having someone on the other side of the world read your work while you sleep drives many writers.
One of the advantages of being self-employed is setting my own timetable. This is not 24 – 7-365. I do take a little nap in the tilt-back chair, with the massage vibration working. I then continue my work with renewed energy. The chair has heat and massage options that I use for power naps every day.
Go back 30 years and no one would accept that sleeping during work hours was a positive thing. I have found that it is firstly good for your body and secondly good for your work. Put a problem to your subconscious mind while you rest and wake with the answer.
I heard about the concept of power naps more than ten years ago. According to WebMD “a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level”. It is better than coffee. I had long wanted to try it out, but working in an office environment that was simply not possible. There was neither the equipment, nor the will to let people sleep on the job. Today I can because I work from home.
Power naps affect productivity, in very much a positive way. My experience is that I normally wake with a solution in my mind.
The world has changed over the past thirty years. We can as easily reach out to a person on the other side of the planet as we do our next door neighbour. Computer programs doing things for us regularly. We even automate many things. It helps make our presence a global phenomenon.
The only challenge remaining, trying to figure out the settings of the darn VCR… if you know what one is.
In many ways life is easier, but also in many ways it is harder. Yet plenty yearn for the simple life. Yet they also dread life without the technology we know and love.
Many years ago my mother asked me to teach her about computers. That is simple I told her, just turn it on and use it, but NO she wanted to know what made it work, just as she had learned about how to tinker with motor cars when she was young. She wanted me to open up the cover and tell her how the engine worked. Of course the computer’s engine is nothing like a car because there are no moving parts (except the electric motor that spins the hard drive and even these are disappearing today).
I explained that she did not need to know how that stuff worked. She was not satisfied. That was not sufficient. I asked her to explain what solid state circuitry was, she could never answer that question. That is the key difference about computer technology. Nothing moves and it isn’t possible to see the logic path of a computer program in electronic circuits. Underneath we do have a very complex world, but on the surface things can seem very simple indeed, almost as simple as the bullock pulling the cart.
We provide a set of instructions, jobs the computer completes. All we need to get things done. These programs provide so much assistance. and keep us active while we sleep. They could even keep us active after we die.
Following Your Passion
To follow your passion stop being “scattered, running in circles and wasting time”. In truth many, including the most driven of people, do precisely that for a large portion of their life. “If only I could find another 15 minutes” is something many people say frequently. Yet, at the same time people fail to listen to their bodies. The are trying to remain active 24 – 7-365.
I have been known to get up at 4 a.m., go downstairs, and start writing, I openly admit this. This solved a problem for a corporate client. Subsequently I had many curious comments about the time I sent the email. The fact it provided the answer to a problem the team had struggled with for some time was lost on them. This wasn’t about instant gratification, but solving a problem.
A similar thing happened when recovering from my eye problems. Sleeping when my body dictated and completing projects when able. Sadly, I lost more than a few clients at that time.
Accomplishing things is not about when you do things. Its more about what you do and how effective you are at finishing them. This is as true for writing as any other job on this planet. The same challenge faced for the last five hundred years? Although we have different tools at our disposal today. Those desiring publication spend the time ensuring it happens.
Seeking Instant Gratification?
One of the problems the Internet, the blog, and the social web has brought alongside it the need for instant gratification. The desire for instant results. Trouble is, as Marilyn Davis eloquently puts it “you’ll catch a cold before your post goes viral”. Many times I suspect.
The need for instant gratification and to publish 24 – 7-365 drives many bloggers. Too many publish without thinking. A site, full of material that was never proofread, let alone edited. Full of sloppy, imprecise, or poorly conceived statements. These errors are, perhaps, the greatest enemy of the blogger.
While moderating articles for a general publication site I have seen many manifestations of this desire for instant gratification. Articles submitted with barely any thought, jammed together, full of spelling, syntactical and grammatical errors. Most would have given both Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster serious fits and palpitations about the state of our proud language. “When do I have time” is no excuse not proofread and edit your work.
Open 24 – 7-365
Marilyn Davis is correct to point out that “our culture of instant everything has… forced us to live and think at a speed most of us cannot sustain for any length of time”. This is, arguably, reflected by the fact that many of the younger generation do things in short sharp bursts. Somewhat akin to tweeting their life. Trouble is those little shards hardly ever provide anything of value. They become quantitative rather than qualitative. Someone shouting in the wind with the words dissipating no sooner than spoken.
If words used lack quality then what are we left with?
In my view quality comes first and foremost. Your site is open 24 – 7-365, unless there is a service interruption. That doesn’t mean the blog writer is working 24 – 7-365. Serious writers should write most days, but this is a long way from a requirement to publish each day.
The Demand for Copy
There are times when the timing of an extraneous event requires rapid preparation and publication. More often than not it is that dash to publish that causes errors. Just because a writer writes every day doesn’t mean they must publish every day.
Timing is Everything
Thought is Required
Most writers do a lot of thinking, but they are also prone to reacting and changing their stories as things go on around them. I have found it disastrous to write reactively. The challenge — the probability that others steer your work. Often lose track, lose direction, lose rationale. Probably failing to produce anything worthwhile.
I have always thought of myself as both a thinker and an ideas person. Both, intricately linked. The reason I write is as a mechanism to communicate those thoughts and ideas to the world. I spend a lot of time thinking. Generally, the thought process is a key part to blogging. As a blog writer you also fulfil the role of researcher, copy writer, editor, picture editor, layout specialist and publisher. All rolled into one person. That is a tough job.
Each role demands thought to perform it properly. For the best possible result you should spend time thinking about the demands of each role and how it impacts your writing.
Also By Peter B. Giblett
In addition to the material published on GobbledeGoox, Peter also publishes on Two Drops of Ink — Click here to see his work on that site. Other relevant material includes:
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