As you've probably noticed, I haven't been able to publish as frequently recently. The 3-posts per week pace that I was once hitting consistently is a rare occurrence these days. But, I think that's a good thing. BlakeWrites is hitting a point of maturity where the content is more cohesive, we know what works for us, and our readers know what to expect. There's not the pressure to throw content at the walls and see what sticks.
In short, we can focus more time on the projects we want to work on and aren't tying our success exclusively to the number of posts we can share in a given month.
Sometimes I still beat myself up for not taking the time each evening to write up several blog posts at a time, but I also have to remind myself that (a) I'm allowed to rest and (b) when I force myself to create a bunch of content just to have that content present, it's usually not as good. And then, twice per year when I go through and audit all of the content that lives on BlakeWrites, I have a bunch of hastily written posts that get scrapped. Why waste my time writing posts that are just going to be scrapped when I can be unwinding and snuggling with my pups?
As a result, I'm going to be putting more time and energy into creating a couple of longer pieces that may ultimately be worked into a series or downloadable guide.
Currently, I'm quite curious about the topic of focus and technology– I frequently find that my own productivity and ability to focus is fractured by the amount of digital interference in my vicinity. For example, one of my biggest roadblocks to writing regularly is that when I sit down at the computer, my mind goes in a dozen different directions. It's why I frequently find myself wishing that it was easier to send handwritten documents or pieces created on a typewriter to my computer; that way I could write in a low-distraction environment and then publish it from my computer. Perhaps that's more context and backstory than you asked for, but it's all to say that that's one of the series that I'm going to be working on and documenting over the next couple of weeks.
As I'm researching and writing, however I'm curious how often you find yourself caught between the helpfulness and hindrances of your technology. Particularly:
- Do you listen to music or videos in the background while you're working?
- Do you find it easy to stay on task when working on your computer?
- Do you have any tactics currently for keeping yourself focused?
- What do you do when you realize you've lost focus?
- Do you do better with a strict schedule or when working on your own schedule?
Please leave your answers to any (or all) of the questions in the comments below, or you can always email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm not looking for anything scientific or super thorough. I'm just curious how our readers are currently approaching this topic.