Boringness and irrelevancy are better than nothing. Plus a picture of me from a million years ago.

I’ve been at Heart of Business’ Path to Profitability retreat. Lots and lots of awesomeness over the five days. I’ll be sharing specifics with you soon. But in the meantime, I’ve been catching up on my favorite blogs.

This morning I was over at The Fluent Self getting a good dose of Havi. Her recent post on taking the scary of out blogging really hit me over the head. Well, actually since this is Havi, it was more of a gentle tapping on the shoulder that said, “Hey, how are you? Any of this ring a bell?”

Ding-ding-ding (finger tapping nose). Yep. Posting is sporadic at best over here at Chez I think of all this great stuff, but it hardly ever gets into a post. After a little thinking on it, this is what I realized:

I find myself pre-editing my blog posts. By this I mean I get an idea. I start writing it in my head. I start editing the writing that I’m doing in my head. I begin to wonder if this is a cool enough idea to share with you. More often than not, I decide it isn’t. So no post gets written.

It’s a little crazy that I let this sadistic, idea-smashing, exploration hating editor in my head. Hmpf. At any rate, he’s been having a great time wreaking havoc in there and leaving everyone else out in the cold.

So you know what I did? I fired him and hired a new guy. That crazy bastard has been replaced by my favorite Uncle as my new mind editor. He thought everything I ever did was wonderful! Amazing! Beautiful! Brilliant! So he’s the new boss of what gets written.

So there may be boringness. There may be irrelevancy. And there will be something to read. YAY. Besides, I’m the boring, irrelevant coach. Just ask Havi.

11 comments to Boringness and irrelevancy are better than nothing. Plus a picture of me from a million years ago.

  • Yey for Shannon! Yey for Havi! Yey for more blog posts! Yey for breakthroughs! :)

  • I so wanted to be at Mark’s retreat and I would gotten to meet you! I’m doubly sad now I could not go – but it was homecoming week for my daughter so no go. re: boring. I just read some great stuff about boredom last night in Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris – turns out the desert fathers thought it was the best path to God. Who knew?

  • Yes! I so get this. Pre-editing posts, I know exactly how that goes.

    WTG Uncle Speedy.

  • Yay for Havi helping with the destuckification! As you may notice from my link, I’m just a teeny bit stuck and your post struck a chord with me big time. You go Shannon, I’m subscribing to your blog and am sure that boringness will not be an issue :)

  • Lynn Crymble

    Sorry – didn’t even type in the right url for my blog – haha – I’ve forgotten it since it’s been so long since my last post.

  • I was thinking of you all during the retreat — there in spirit.

    And yay re your blog breakthrough! I think your recently-fired editor has been living in my brain part-time. Can I borrow your uncle?

  • Yey for @James!

    @Jennifer That’s so interesting about boringness being the best path to God. Hopefully my new non-boring breakthrough won’t have me in a handbasket, on my way somewhere else.

    @Sonia God it’s great to not be the only one. And, you’ve figured out how to not let it stop you.

    @Lynn Just checked out your blog. And now it feels easy for me to say, but keep writing. Please?

    @Janet Yes! Call on the power of Uncle Speedy. He’s the best!

  • Diane

    There are a lot of us out there who think what you do is amazing, and don’t want you to edit so much! This is the only blog I read!

  • @Diane That’s so sweet and a little sad! There are many, many amazing blogs out there. Funny, thoughtful, idea-stimulating…

  • Bill Bartmann

    This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read…:)


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