One of the challenges of publishing, or more specifically in this context, blogging, is creating content. I’ve never been a fan of creating content for the sake of it. As I’ve said in the past, here, here and here, writing and blogging have been primarily notes-to-self. Blogging has been a way for me share my failures and wrestle with ideas and various issues.
When I have no inspiration to write or blog, what should I do? That’s a question I have to answer often when I write. I simple answer is: I write. This is something that I picked up from Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art“. Steven labels something many creators, like me, have struggled to label. He calls it, “resistance”. How apt.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while (if that’s you, thank you) you’d know that I love writing and reading. I love books; both reading and writing them. I love biographies. Biographies are great repositories on wisdom for both life and leadership. How people not only led themselves but the impact they had on others, and the world at large. I’ve recently completed two biographies. As I was about to review one of them, I thought it might be helpful to think, “What makes great biographers and biographies?”
Life can be full of drama. You can be so busy living, working, ‘familying’ and many other things that squeeze out other things. This is not a question about what how important the other stuff is. It is just a reminder of how we can go through seasons swept away by different tornadoes. I’ve been on the go recently and one of the things that suffered in the stranglehold of the ‘ings’ was writing. Getting back into it I realise how not writing often hurts.
We tend to use the successful as templates. There’s nothing wrong with this. We have to start somewhere. After all, it would be nothing but stupidity ignoring what others have achieved. Gleaning from their experiences can save us pain, loss and many resources. Anyway, most of our learning is already learning from other people.