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I’m quite often asked how I manage to blog on pretty much a daily basis, and my answer is pretty disappointing I’m afraid – I write them all upfront and then use the Schedule button to get them all lined up, Monday-Friday.
But the second question is then most often: But how do you come up with five different things a week to write about? Do you just re-use old material? Well, allow me to let you into a secret.
As a child I remember how exciting it was to go to a New Year’s party, to be allowed to stay up until actual midnight! But I wasn’t the sort of child who would let my excitement stop there; I wanted to achieve something greater. So, I set myself the target of being the first person in whichever year it was to speak a certain word. I’d wait until Big Ben chimed the new year in, and while everyone was cheering I’d be speaking out a list of as many random words as I could think of:
‘parachute, overalls, Neapolitan, pepper, tricycle, telephone exchange!’
To be honest, that’s pretty much been my target every year; I’m reasonably certain I was the first person in the whole world in 2003 to say the words ‘yoghurt pot’ together.
But I discovered recently that every individual apparently speaks something like seven sentences that have never been spoken or written down before, so I seem to have set my goals quite low.
But what that does show is that there is a virtually infinite amount out there to think and write about, so me coming up with five unique thoughts each week and communicating them isn’t actually that big of a deal. Particularly when you realise that lots of my ‘thoughts’ are just quoting what someone else said.
In any case, I’m going to keep on blogging, and I hope you keep on enjoying it (if you do enjoy it…if you don’t, why are you even still reading this? I’ve been writing for ages!).
So not a particularly profound post today, but don’t underestimate the value of what you have to say, you may be the first person in history to say it. And don’t underestimate the value of listening to what others have to say; you may be privileged to experience something no-one else in history has ever experienced.