A while ago, I introduced the concept of “not breaking the chain”.
In this context, I had set a goal for myself, to write at least one post per week. As avid readers would know, I’ve now in fact broken the chain… – I “missed” a post two weeks ago. Technically, I did in fact start my previous post “on schedule”, but then became occupied with other matters, and thus didn’t finish it, until a week after it should have been posted.
At first I was a little bit annoyed, but then I just decided, not to let it bother me. Small bumps on the road (of life) happens all the time. We tell our kids that it’s important to try – and fail – rather than not to try at all. Surely it must be possible, to live by this mantra, even as an adult 😉
I use the Total Balance blog, not only as an account of my journey towards Financial Independence, but also as an outlet for my thoughts, hopes and dreams. Warning: This post is of a philosophical nature 😉
Writing is a process, and I’ve always been fairly good at it, but much like a painting, or a piece of music, it cannot be forced. You (I) have to somehow feel inspired to write. You’ve got to have something (real) to say, otherwise it’s best to not say anything (this is what’s wrong with society today – everyone feel they have the right to speak, even though they don’t have anything real to say…This includes myself! 😛 ).
So naturally, “having something to say” coincide with a weekly post-schedule, can sometimes be difficult!
When I was in school, I used to love writing essays. – But much like now, I needed to “feel inspired”, to write something out of the ordinary. More often than not, my main inspiration source became the pressure of time…When your essay is due tomorrow; you suddenly find the inspiration to write! (HAHA). This is something, which has followed me ever since. The pressure of time seems to be an incredible motivator! – I feel very uninspired to do anything around the house, until my mother in law announces her arrival – then suddenly, inspiration is running through me like wildfire! 😛
Anyway, I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired lately (in general), so finding good meaningful topics for the blog has been difficult. It seems everything worth saying has already been said.
I then decided that I would write one of those “What is FIRE anyway?”-posts, which seems to be required at one point or another (if you’re a serious FI-blogger). But then TheSavingNinja beat me to it (damn Ninja, sneaking up on you from behind! 😛 ). So if you’re still a bit confused about this whole FIRE-concept, go read his post 😛
So, back to the subject of “Not breaking the chain”; I decided that as long as I can manage to write a post or two between my Monthly Updates (which is by far my most popular posts, based on views) then I’ll be happy. Since I enjoy writing my monthly updates a lot (and you guys seem to enjoy reading them), those are really the pillars of my content – so I will let them act as my main chain-links, and the posts in-between can thus be those quirky looking “charms”, dangling from the main chain 😛 (see what I did there? – UNAGI!)
I know that I really should have some sort of “Master plan” for my blog, but I really don’t. It’s important to me that it remains as “unrestricted” as possible, so that I can write what I want, when I want. I normally don’t plan (too far) ahead, so I really don’t know what the next topic will be (right now I kind of do though – but that rarely happens!), and I kind of prefer it to come off like one big long stream of thoughts. – Like when I read through some of my older posts, there is a clear progression, which is awesome – because it tells me that I’ve been moving (somewhere).
Where ever you might be going, you will face a few bumps and obstacles on your way. You clear the bumps/obstacles, and continue to move forward. It might require you to move backwards for a little while, but in the grand scheme of things, taking one step back to take two steps forward, is still moving forward…