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Here’s Another One

I’m writing again!

In this blog!

And it hasn’t been that long since my last post!

Maybe every sentence should have an exclamation mark!

Okay, maybe not, but I was on a roll. And when you’re on a roll, you should keep rolling.

Why am I doing this?

Because I can.

I’m paying for this domain and web site, so I should probably use it.

Maybe that’s the real reason. I don’t want to waste my sunk costs.

Too late!


Years of very few posts. No readers (except you), and powerful features just lying there not being used.

This just hit me.

That’s why I write.

Because I learn things.

I start by starting and keep writing, whether I know what to say or not.

And usually, something funny or useful comes out.

So there you go.

Here’s another one.

Thanks for reading.

(But it wasn’t for you. It was for me.)

(But still, I appreciate you checking it out.)


Just Write

I’m writing this in public as a way to sharpen my mind and improve my writing.

I’ve been writing privately for many years. You know, a journal. I use both paper and pencil and a digital platform called because I like the tactile nature of actually drawing words on paper. Sometimes I like to draw abstract art too. I use a notebook with no lines so I can write as big or as small as I want, or in circles or sideways. It’s my art.

I also use because it’s digital and I can type faster than I can write. It’s saved up in the cloud (funny, the cloud is not up 🙂 and it has a whole system that helps you to write every day. So, I’ve been trying to keep a streak of writing every day. Some months are better than others, but I’m mostly doing it… writing at least 750 words every day. I’ll miss a few here and there, but I’m writing a lot.

But it’s not good writing. It’s dumping my thoughts in a free form ramble, which is good to get the stuff out, but it’s not something for public consumption.

This stuff here, on the other hand, is public (even though only two of you read it.) This is published. So, it requires at least a little bit of thought. Maybe. But as you’ll see, I think years of rambling text in my private space will influence this public stuff pretty easily. Maybe like this post here.

Another tactic is just to start writing, because it takes too much effort to think about what I’m going to say and come up with something super smart. It usually comes to me after I start writing. Because I have to come up with the next sentence.

Like this one here. See how easy that was? It doesn’t have to be smart.

Stupid is smart.

This is a stupid post.

And there it is, another post about how I don’t write in here very often. (I tried not to do it, promise.)

Stay tuned. There might be another post soon, or 6 months from now.


What to say?

Hey. Do you think it’s possible for someone to have something to say every day?

Do you say something every day?

Do you talk to at least one person every day? (Even if that person is yourself?)

Then you’re probably thinking and processing information every day.

Granted, posting a blog is like talking to yourself, because no one is there… yet. And you have no idea if anyone will even see it. So yeah, it’s weird.

But it’s a recording of your thoughts.

And you think every day. I promise.

Me too.

(I didn’t even know what I was going to say in here, but when I started writing, it got me thinking. Writing can do that. Try it out.)

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Use Your Words

Words are always important.

There are so many to choose from.

And when you put them in a certain order, they create meaning, a message, or a feeling that can affect another person significantly, either positively or negatively.

That’s why writing is so important. And learning to write well is a valuable skill.

We are a text based generation. So much communication is by text. And because we can remove ourselves from the words, they can be quite damaging. They can contain less feeling, compassion, and human connection, which ultimately can cause strife and conflict.

For the peace of humanity, let’s become better writers.

It is possible to use a better choice of words in the right order to convey feeling, connection, and compassion.

Thank you so much for reading this. I really appreciate it.

(See, that wasn’t so hard.)

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Always Something To Write About

Every day is a new adventure.

That’s why it should be easy to write something every day.

Of course, some days are more exciting or interesting than others.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to tell you about my day today.

I’m just telling you about about my day. (I just made that up, about about.)

I’m telling you that today was different, and interesting (probably not to you) and different than yesterday. Sure, that may be obvious, but the point is that you can write about something every day, even if all you did was lay in bed all day. You could write about that.

So, if you could write about the things that happened that day, or what you learned that day, or even about about that day, the meta, or higher concepts that that day represents, then you pretty much have an unlimited amount of material to write about.

See, I didn’t even tell you that I went for a walk.

(Because it wasn’t interesting.)

(Although very sunny. Which is interesting around here 😉



How to be prolific

It’s true. You can have a blog and write every day and no one will see it.

You actually have to tell people about it. You have to advertise. But only if you want people to see it.

I’m not sure I’m there yet.

I do like people seeing my stuff and commenting and me being able to interact with them, but you know what it is? I don’t think this is good enough.

And that’s the Resistance talking.

This is just my scratch pad, my practice space. I’m not trying to be super wise, solve someone’s problem, be entertaining or interesting. I’m just writing, or talking something. Anything. Just so I can practice doing it every day.

Maybe someone will see it. Or maybe I’ll be brave enough to tell someone about it. Or maybe once I get the every day habit down, I’ll start a different one.

Or a bunch of them.

I could literally have 7 different blogs where I post once a week on each one by writing every day.

That actually sounds fun.

That would be being prolific.

But it would need to be seven different topics.

Well, watch out.


Write to write

When you want to write something and don’t know what to write, the best thing to do is…


Seth says there’s no such thing as ‘writers block’. It’s like saying you have talkers block. Do you ever get the experience that you just can’t talk because you have nothing to say?

Sure, you can choose not to talk because you don’t have anything meaningful to say, but it’s a choice. Not some ethereal thing that is forcing you to not talk.

It’s the same with writing.

That’s what I did just now.

I didn’t know what I was going to write. So I started writing that idea that I had learned from Seth Godin. Everyone knows something about something. Pick a subject.

The problem is that we don’t think it’s good enough. That’s why we choose not to write. That is what blocks us. So it’s more like perfectionism block. Or insecurity block.

But writing is like speaking. You know how to open your mouth, push the air through and form words with your lips and tongue. You also know how to push on little buttons that have letters on them in a certain order to create words.

Just do that.

Zebra. Jack-o-lantern. Purple. Wind. Meaning. Help. Curious. Love.

See, I did it.

It doesn’t have to make sense.

You could probably put words in a better order than that.

In fact, the job of choosing words, and putting them in an order that makes sense is what you have to do when you talk. So, that is not unique to writing. Writing is just a different medium to transfer meaning using words.

So if you think you have writers block. Just start talking. Then transfer that to text.

There’s no such thing as talkers block.



It’s one of those mornings where I wake up way before my alarm clock.

I woke up thinking about one thing. This blog. I thought, “Why don’t I write here more often?” I’ve had this for years and totally neglected it. But I keep paying the annual fee for the domain name because I don’t want to lose it.


Because it’s historical. It’s my legacy. It is what I was thinking about or what was important to me during a particular time.

Now, sure, I have lots of journals that are full of more of my thoughts and feelings throughout the years. And I even have a bunch written in over the years too because that’s a private, online space that drives you to write at least 750 words a day. So, I’ve been writing in there recently for the past few months to try and get into a practice of writing every day. I have entries as far back as 2011.

But here, this is different. Kind of.

This is public.

Someone could actually read this. Not that they would, or that many will find it. It might as well be private if I don’t advertise it. ‘Security by obscurity’ I say. This is like a grain of sand on the beach. Someone could touch it, but it’s unlikely anyone will.

But still. They could.

So, you write different when it’s public. You’re a little more careful about what you say, and you pay attention to the quality.

I think that’s why Seth says to do it every day.

Write something worth reading. Write something that people might read.

And write poorly. At first.

If you keep doing it every day, you’ll get better. You can’t help but get better. How long will it take? It depends on how much effort you put into getting better. But showing up every day, whether you feel like it or not, that’s how you do it. That’s how you become pro.

And that’s the subject of his latest book, The Practice.

I haven’t even read it yet (because it hasn’t been released or come in the mail) but listening to his interviews and podcasts he’s doing to talk about it I can get the hint. Plus, it’s something he’s been saying for years.

So, here’s the start of my practice… Again.

You can see all my previous starts on this blog dating back to 2008.

They are other places too. On YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Periscope, Tumblr, TikTok, along with other personal web sites with different domain names.

I dabbled, and played around with each of those when they first came out. Because I like to create and connect with people. But I never went deep, or stuck with them.

I don’t know why.

Maybe because, at the core, I’m a creative person, and I don’t always like to do what everyone else is doing.

Or, I can’t keep up with the practice.

So, here I am again. What’s old is new. I’d like to start practicing. On my own space.

We’ll see what happens.

On the road

Episode 10 – Create together



750 Words

Here’s the site I mention:


Doing Something Curious


I Think I’ll Write a Book


Got a Book in You?

Jim Kukral’s “How to Catch Happy” ebook

Pat Ferdinandi’s “How to Get Published” video series


Ideas Come and Go – Give Them Life

There are a lot of things I haven’t done.

Let me re-phrase that.  There are a lot of things I had the idea to do, planned on doing, then just didn’t follow through with it.  (There are even more things I haven’t done that I haven’t thought of doing yet.)


There are a lot of things I have done.

So, have I done things because I’ve thought of a lot of things to do, and at least some of them have happened?  Does the principle that the guy with the most home runs has the most strike-outs apply here?  Or he who has the highest number of stolen bases also get thrown out the most?

Does a lot of success necessarily mean a lot of failure?

I saw a quote today that says, “Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not.  They’re companions – the hero and the sidekick.” by Laurence Shames

To me, that means that in order to do great things, you need to do a lot of things. 

And the way to do a lot of things is to get the ideas from your head out into reality, so they have some form and substance.

And the way to do that is to write.

That’s why blogging is so good for you.


Birthing Hurts (but it’s exhilarating too)

There’s something really amazing about writing.  Do you know what it is?

It’s like giving birth.

Kind of.  (I don’t want to get too deep into the analogy here.)  It’s like creating something, producing something.  It’s taking your thoughts and pushing them out onto the paper (or screen.) 

And sometimes it’s painful.  It doesn’t come out right, or we might be a little ashamed of it.  Why is it always uncomfortable when someone is standing over our shoulder, watching what we are writing?  (Everyone knows the old trick of cupping your hand or holding your arm real close to your pencil when someone walks by or tries to look at what you’re writing.)  Only after you are complete are you ready to show it to someone.  But even then, it’s still a little unnerving because you hope they don’t make fun of it, or criticize it.  It’s your baby.

And most people are sensitive to that with real babies.  They don’t say, “Well that’s an ugly one, what did you create that for?”  (Even though they may be thinking it.)

Everyone realizes that the process of giving birth and bringing a new child into the world is so amazing that it doesn’t matter what it looks like, this mother has done such a tremendous thing, she should be praised and honored.  And what she produced should be loved, protected and handled with the utmost care.

Shouldn’t we treat other things that people create in the same way?

It’s Exhilarating

The other point is that producing something is exhilarating.  Maybe because it’s so painful.  Just like any great accomplishment.  If it takes hard work, it feels good when you’re complete, and you can take pride in what you’ve accomplished.

If it’s easy, there’s no reward.  No pain, no gain.

So I’d like to create more.  I’d like to have more babies – mind babies – getting ideas from my mind out into the world. 

That means writing and making things happen.

What about you?