Every time I sit down to hammer out a blog post each Thursday evening or (more likely, Friday morning), it goes like this:
- Check my list of “blog post ideas”
- Stare at the empty white WordPress box awaiting my words
- Shrug my shoulders
More often than not, I just come up empty.
This is what caused last week’s blog post to spring into being. I was happy to have a few people come out of hiding and leave an encouraging comment. But I still really haven’t come to any sort of decision. The dilemma is the same: do I post something half-hearted once a week or wait until I have something really worth reading and then post?
While I haven’t come to a decision, I have had a realization. And it’s not a new one either. We could even call it a re-realization. The problem with the blog is the same as my problem with everything: I don’t have A Thing.
Everybody successful has A Thing. Actors, writers, comedians, sculptors, the baker at your local grocery store. They all have A Thing. My problem is that I have Many Things.
If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, you know the 10,000 hour rule. If you haven’t read it (or even heard of it), here’s a great summary of it. In short, to become good at anything, you have to have 10,000 hours of practice.
That sounds like a lot, but it’s not. At eight hours a day, that’s less than three and a half years. But, honestly, spending eight hours a day at something that isn’t sleep or your day job is pretty difficult. If you get in a more realistic one hour a day, you’ll see this now takes 27 years.
And that’s just for A Thing. What if you’re interested in two things? Or five things? I’ll tell you what: you’re screwed. 🙂
If all I did was this blog, it would be the most awseomest blog in the whole wide world. But I have all these other competing interests. And all that is still on top of sleep and the day job, two things I’m not giving up.
Hmmm . . . what to do, what to do . . .
Ooo! I know. Go to work! I’m going to be la