[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time3 min read

Have you ever stumbled upon someone’s blog and after reading a few posts ended up wishing your own blog had content that good?

Have you ever read a piece that was so wonderfully written that it made you feel like an amateur?

Now for the big questions:

  • Why aren’t you writing content that good?
  • Why isn’t your content profound?
  • Why can’t you write thought-provoking content that will send your blog to the stratosphere?

Are you satisfied just to shake it a little instead?

I know what you’re thinking. “Wait a minute, pal. We’re talking about people with seriously insightful thoughts! I’m just a blogger. I can’t think up great ideas like that!”

Oh, really?

First of all, you’re not “just” a blogger. We use and abuse just as an excuse for our own limitations, especially those we are not willing to address.

Be honest with yourself. You want to captivate, evoke, and provoke. You want to see your blog’s stats shoot through the roof.

So why aren’t you? I’ll tell you why: you don’t take the time.

The human mind can’t hold everything. Thoughts, memories, ideas… Your brain has a limited storage capacity. It has to let some stuff leak out to keep in the more important thoughts.

Forgetfulness seems to be a catching disease these days – and it’s no wonder. Our brains are saturated. There’s no more space. The world bombards us with stimulation nearly 24/7.

Add the crazy pace of new content released daily into the virtual world, and it’s no wonder you struggle to write engaging content. You’re continually filling your mind up with someone else’s thoughts.

Where are you going to store your own?

Oh, wait – I bet you have a handy to-do list nearby so that you don’t forget a thing.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you spent a couple of hours just thinking? You have a brain; use it. Get away from the computer. Put down the books and magazines. Burn your to-do list. Cut off your feeds. Stop rushing around for a while. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you slow down.

Do as the pros do – think before you write. Schedule time to think if you have to. Take a long drive with no music on. Plunge deep into your own thoughts. Examine your ideas as if you are scrutinizing a diamond for quality.

It’s not all about the things (or people) who inspire you, but also taking time to just think.

I read it somewhere that it takes about 12 hours of thinking about ideas, topics, etc. for every hour spent writing.

If you don’t give yourself the time to think, if you seize an idea and slam it out before you forget, then it’s not going to be worthy of too much admiration. It may be okay content, but it’ll never be that insightful, well thought-out content you hoped for.

Don’t rattle off what everyone already knows. Shape your content. Take the time to observe and to think, then put forth unique, valuable content that will leave your readers begging for more…

So just think. You never know what you might come up with – if you give yourself just enough time.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

21 thoughts on “[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time3 min read

  1. Something I’ve definitely learned since I started blogging. It is about sparking something within the reader. As with anything in life it takes time to hone the skills of writing and crystallizing thoughts. Awesome post. Thank you for your awesome blog

  2. The observation that “you are continually filling up your mind with someone else’s thoughts” shook me. It is a recurring message in my blog and I couldn’t agree more! Though, if I may, I would follow it up with “So put down that f***ing phone!”

  3. I think that may be true, that it takes 12 hours of thinking for each hour of writing. If not 12 hours, certainly a lot.

    I am often astonished how long it takes to create what seemed to me to be a simple post. In those cases it turns out that I have to work through a lot more clarification of my own understanding of the subject than I realized. And in those cases, that’s pretty much the point of writing the post anyway. With any luck, what I wrote will help bring clarity to someone else as well.

  4. i do the contrary
    i blogged on the inspiration of the moment
    and a few minutes after i had forget it
    when somebody comment it
    i had read it again rapidly
    to understand their comment

  5. It is always interesting trying to figure out which blog is going to entertain, educate or motivate people.
    You are right about taking your time, putting your thoughts in order and then writing. Nice article.

    1. I think it’s always the ones we think least of that inspire the most, or make people laugh. For instance, there are moments when my writing is meant to be serious, yet people tell me they’ve laughed their hearts out. Don’t know. Our words always mean something else to those who read us.

  6. A lot of good tips in there Cristian. I agree, it takes time and commitment to fully map out a good blog post. What I like to do is write 3 or 4 of them (in notebook) leave them and think on them for a few days. Then re-visit each some days later to gain a fresh approach with new insights. Doing this, I also find editing becomes much easier and more apparent. I’m still pretty new to the world of blogging, but my advice is — never post it on the same day you write it.

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