Open 24 – 7-365… But I am Tooooooo Tired Right Now!

Open 24-7-365? Sorry Were closed by Tim Mossholder CC0 Public Domain

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…

 

Earning while sleeping by Wealth Attraction AccademyThat 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.

 

Reaching Out

 

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.

 

Simpler Life?

Simple life by rmac8oppo CC0 Public Domain from PixabayIn 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?

 

Polaroid instant camera by WerbeFabnik CC0 Public Domain from PixabayOne 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.

I once had a post go viral. This was one I wrote for a gener­al writing site. It got more than 10,000 views day one and more than 25,000 through the rest of the week. That article contrib­uted to the only payment I ever received from that site. Harder today, given the changes that Google has made to their SEO specific­a­tion and index­ing engines. That site is no longer active.

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

 
 
The instant world we live in frequently overloads our senses. I hail from a 24 – 7-365 city and at an early age knew nobody could survive a year if they expec­ted to be awake the whole time. We are not robots. We have limit­a­tions. But not every­body realises that!

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

 

Demand for copy from public domain library owned by Peter GiblettThere 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.

Think about this for one moment. When a famous person­al­ity dies suddenly. More than 95% of published mater­i­al was already written months (or years) before their death. It has simply been on file, ready for this eventu­al­ity. When the newspa­per prepares that morning’s edition, printed with ten pages celeb­rat­ing that person’s life, there is very little written at the last-minute. All editor­i­al staff need to do is add the facts about their death. 
 
The other pages celeb­rat­ing their life updated by a writer in the course of their every­day work. Writers keep facts current and correct. The story has been ready for public­a­tion for months. Newspaper staff even do this for teen-stars so they are not caught out should the worst happen.
 
 

Timing is Everything

 
 
An article about an event is best penned at the event. Knowing how last year’s Halloween festiv­it­ies occurred prepares you for this year. Penned at Halloween, but not published till the follow­ing year’s festiv­it­ies are about to happen in one approach. Publishing after the fact is no good. Timing is everything in the on-line publish­ing community. This is how you can appear ready, by knowing the events that happen­ing in your industry and planning your work around them. 
 
The reason newspa­pers and magazines can publish things instantly is because they have already performed all the ground­work. Completed all the neces­sary research. They are ready for every eventu­al­ity. 
 
For example at the past US presid­en­tial election they had written the article showing Hillary Clinton as the victor. They had done all the research for that eventu­al­ity. The work abandoned as soon as the results were known. With a few, minor, adjust­ments they would be ready to publish whatever the result of that poll.
 
 

Thought is Required

Thinker Idea by Comfreak CC0 Public Domain from PixabayMost 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.

 

A Question

 

I have to wonder if, with all the need for instant grati­fic­a­tion, some people have given up the need for any thought at all. As a keen observ­er of the human condi­tion this seems to happen all too frequently. The stupid comment on Twitter that nobody under­stands probably started this way.
 
The reason for the headline wasn’t due to writing in a sleepy daze. Part of the reason this included a little discus­sion of power naps is that they are not accep­ted into out every­day culture. Sometimes ideas must challenge the status quo and stand in line await­ing accept­ance. Inventive people use power naps them to great effect. They can be used to empower thought, which in turn is part of empower­ing writing. 
 
The grati­fic­a­tion we get from the hard work, research, patience, being in the right place at the right time and the ability to act with thought will be all the great­er. Much more than from react­ive writing. Much more than from sloppy work. You readers will appre­ci­ate you all the more because of the extra effort that you have made. 
 
I am not tired, not worn out. I am always looking ahead and planning future public­a­tions. This is an import­ant element of blogging.

 

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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