How is it that, in almost 2 years of blogging daily (uuuuuuh?) about writing, I have never run out of things to write about?
I mean, there’s only so much you can say about writing. Writing is tough. You need to be dedicated to succeed. Making money is hard. People won’t respect you and that’s OK.
Yet I still do it. Every single day. And I love it.
It doesn’t seem boring to me. Ever.
Sure, sometimes subjects overlap. Sometimes I complain about freelancing (because, let’s be honest, complaining gets you through the tough times when nothing else will). Sometimes I take small mentions from posts and expand them into posts of their own. It’s not to fill space. It’s to widen the spectrum of information available to you, the 2.5 people reading this blog.
(I’m never going to stop using that joke. It’s been 8 years. It will never end.)
Ideas are weird. You think you have one isolated, central idea … but it multiplies into dozens, maybe eventually even hundreds of different ideas the more you write about just a few of them. Ironically, the idea for this post popped into my head just from wondering if I will ever, one day, run out of things to say on this blog.
The places from which your ideas come from are also always growing, updating, and changing. I’m subscribed to so many podcasts right now I don’t have any storage space left on my phone. But I subscribe to new podcasts because they give me new ideas, and new ideas sometimes lead to inspiration for new blog posts. I’ve also unsubscribed to plenty of podcasts because I found I no longer benefited creatively from listening to them. (That, or they simply stopped production — Invisibilia please hurry back ASAP).
The circle of people with whom you associate, share ideas, and agree/disagree with — your environment in general — is also always changing. In college, I had a lot of ideas inspired by the Christian faith — I lived, learned, and worked on a Christian campus. It was inevitable. Those things haven’t necessarily disappeared, but I’m much more heavily influenced day to day by news and things I read/watch on the internet — because that is, essentially, where I now live, learn, and work.
We, as people, are also constantly changing. Our interests change, though not quite as fluidly the older we get. We learn new things, we survive different experiences. As we move through our lives, we find new ways to document everything that happens to us. We share new ideas inspired by the events that shape us. We stop writing about things that used to be our central focus, and write more about things that relate more closely to our lives in the present.
It amazes me, still, that the internet allows so many different people with so many different ideas to publish their thoughts. It’s not always a good thing, but for you, reading this now, it probably is. I don’t know if I would have gained enough confidence to start sharing my writing with more people if it weren’t for the internet. I love saying things. I hope I can continue doing this for the rest of forever.
And I hope you can, too.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.