To focus on the right thing is very important.
Because if you don’t really know what to focus on, you end up doing nothing but waiting for the right moment. When does this moment come? The answer?
Never. There is never a moment as good as now, to decide what to focus on.
One example is this blog. I started it at this domain monkeyofhope.com at February 1st 2008 (where my german blog was located, which is now at www.rilinger.com/de.) Thats two years! Two years since i startet my blog back in 2008. I had great visions on it. I wanted to blog and blog and blog and rock the internet. I thought „Life“ would be a good topic. And yes it is. Life is all about Life. I want to give the reader something worth reading and i want to write something i like to talk about. The thing is. I love it all. I read a lot of blogs. I read how to become a professional blogger, how to get readers and i always read that just producing good content is the main part for a successful blog. That’s partly true. The most important part of anything to focus on is: Just do it. Do it. Don’t always think about how to get better, how to be perfect. No! I think the development to a good writer is something that is far away.
The focus should be on: Do it, no matter how badly.
That said, i want to produce good content on this blog. Something worth to talk about. But be aware, my english is not perfect. And as silly as it is: Sometimes i only think about my english and that i can’t write like a native speaker and writer and because of this i don’t write anything. But hey. It’s better to write something in a bad english than not to write it. Not writing it means: Beeing afraid of making a mistake.
I’m ready to make any language mistake in history, so feel free to give me advice. I listen to you.
I just want to do it, no matter how badly.
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At first it sounds quite easy for me to be myself. To be exactly what I am. To feel: Hey that’s me. But it’s not always easy.
First of all you have to listen to yourself, what you want, what you love, what you like. But that’s too much to write about here, so today I want to focus on being myself in writing.
Writing can be a thing that gives joy and happiness to my soul, cause being creative and generating some new shiny sentences is just wonderful. But it’s not always easy. During writing for the Web I often think how it is to be the reader of my articles. So I start seeing my articles through the eyes of other people.
– You may think „Yeah good point, focus on the readers.“ But i tell you to do the opposite. Just focus on yourself, on writing for yourself. You should like your own writing at first. Be your own fan. –
And then I focus on myself, focus on the thoughts in my head, feeling the inside stream of information flowing from my brain right to my fingers. Sometimes the thoughts create words -magically- in front of my eyes. Thouse are the moments, that I love on writing. Words create themselves. Me reading them live. Thinking. And wondering.
I think it is automatically after a while that my writing style and the topics of my articles are loved by my readers, cause readers who love them come back.
It’s better to have 10 readers and I write what and how I want it than to have 100 and I don’t feel being myself. To develop my own lovely writing style it’s a long way I think. But the most important reader should have fun reading my articles: myself.
So be your biggest fan, write for yourself, be yourself. Your audience will find you.
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Just one hour ago i got an idea that stuck in my head: I don’t need to be perfect.
Why on earth am i not writing articles for my so important project called: monkey of hope blog?
Because i want to be perfect. And by beeing perfect i don’t talkt about perfect use of the english language or perfect articles or so on. I talk about beeing perfect in a way that i write usefull content. And yes. Thats what i still want to do, but not the perfect way, just the imperfect way. Because if perfect means not to write and wait till another day, cause you have no perfect ideas or you don’t have time to describe your ideas or whatever or if you think… you should write articles for the future to have articles in the background which you can use when you need them. This all means, that you don’t write, because you just have wishes how it should be.
To write or not to write thats the question.
So beeing imperfect is the way of writing i want to follow. To write about things you love to write about and having fun, even if nobody wants to read them, thats a way better than to write nothing.
Having fun is the key.
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Writing is fun.
To write down your thoughts, only limited by your imagination and the ability to express what you want to say is awesome. To write focused on a special topic is not that easy. And the topic you write about in a series of articles should not put you in a cage. You want to develop your writing? So what to do?
So the first step is to feel free in writing. Without the feeling of freedom while you write, writing is no fun.
On the other side, to be totally free makes you write about everything and nothing and for every publicum to no one. So it’s still important to focus on a topic and keep the people in mind you are writing for. And of course: the motivation behind your writing is also important. I want to write helpful articles, that people read and get something out of them by having fun reading them. So writing is more fun, if your readers have fun as well.
And the more articles I write, the more I can answer why writing is fun. I’m still at the beginning of this blog and more articles are going to be written, but here are my expectations why writing could be fun:
- you learn something from your own writing by writing down your thoughts in an accurate way
- you read topic-realated articles and books you write about and by that learn more and more
- you grow in your writing and feel the process of development
- you learn a better english and because of that have mor fun writing in english (especially as a non-native-speaker)
- you can read old articles of yourself just to see how you expressed yourself decades ago
- you may interact with your readers and by that get fresh ideas
- you may produce something of value and feel the success of of your own writing independently of readers or people, but simple by the fact that you produced something new
- it’s fun, because its communikation
- it’s your voice to the world
- you feel integrated in the big group of writers, bloggers and thinkers all over the planet
So writing is fun, cause i like to write. I really love it. To write something usefull is even more fun. And to write to a bigger group of people and not only one person is a different type of communication. I love communication and this special type of communication is much fun.
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