I really enjoyed Gini Dietrich‘s post yesterday on Spin Sucks titled “Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts” . Besides the many great tips offered it really got me thinking about writing. My favourite tip was “Write every day”. I agree. She adds “Even if you don’t publish every day, you can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t write every, single day.”
So as I began thinking Do I write everyday? I also started to ponder: What constitutes as writing for me?
I post 2-3 times a week on my blog. Some weeks I feel like I could post more often but to keep consistent, for now, I aim for 2 -3 posts a week. Having said that I am on my site every day editing posts and generating ideas for new ones. Does that count as writing?
So after some thinking and reading others’ comments on Gini’s post I came up with these lists for myself:
No, of course it doesn’t count as writing:
- Birthday cards
- Teacher Thank you notes (it is that time of year)
- Grocery lists or any other to do lists
- Sticky notes reminding my husband to run an errand or make a call
- Filling out forms
- Comments on other Blogs
- Comments on Facebook posts
- Notes and new ideas generation
- Minor Blog edits
Yes indeed, this is writing:
- Blog posts
- Assignments or case studies for my Social Media Certification courses
The Grey Areas:
- Major Blog edits
Ah! The grey areas. Do edits really count as writing? At this stage in my Blog writing journey sometimes I am adding full paragraphs in edit mode. Unlike Gini, it takes me well over an hour to produce a final Blog post. So maybe for now my major edits do count as writing.
Email is grey for me because it really depends on the nature of the email. If I am responding to or writing a query of course I don’t count that as writing. But sometimes a long, detailed and heart-felt email to a good friend looks and sounds a lot like a Blog post. Totally authentic, totally me, telling a story, giving my opinion and hoping for feedback and conversation in return.
As I practice the ”Write Every Day” tip each day these grey areas may begin to fade into the “no, this isn’t writing list” for me. But for today, I am leaving them in this grey area.
How about you? What constitutes as writing for you and if you are a writer do you write everyday?