How To Write The Perfect Blog Post Part II

Don’t know about you but I am guilty of trying to dance like Mick Jagger. I can’t do it when people are around because I become entirely too self conscious but when I am alone…that is an entirely different story.

I strut, prance and stick out my jaw in ways that probably make stupid people look smart. But I can assure you that these moments are filled with unadulterated joy and pleasure. That is the sort of feeling that I always try to create in my blog posts. It is something I strive for because if you want to write the perfect blog post you most take your reader to place where they submit to your authority and release their inhibitions.

Did you dance or sing along with Mick? C’mon, raise your hand admit it.   I did. Stood up in the middle of my office and let go of all restraint. And then when I finished laughing I sat back down and started typing again.

I don’t know about you but even though I strive for perfection I don’t know that I am ready to write the perfect blog post. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to or that I don’t think about it because I do.

Truth is that I look at blogging as one big journey and that the end product isn’t a single post but a body of work. When I take time to read and revisit the words of the past I find nuggets of wisdom intermixed with radioactive waste that is simply awful. Really some of the posts that have made it past the editors are simply horrible works of wonkery.

But I don’t delete very often, if ever. Deletion of old posts dilutes the power and permanence of the better posts. Deletion denies the opportunity to see and experience growth. I am a better writer today because of the posts that came before.

Those experiences in the trenches have made it easier to make things happen now and I am grateful for them.

When I look at my work now and ask the hard questions I find that one of my biggest challenges is tied into mood and time management. What that means is that I have had an ongoing issue with having very small chunks of time to use for writing.  Those minutes seem to be consistently peppered with interruptions that prevent me from establishing the sort of rhythm and flow that I prefer to use when I write.

If you want to use a cruder description you could say that you are almost at the point of orgasm when something happens and you lose that feeling. It irritates the hell out of me but it is part of being a writer and I need to find a solution.

One would be to find a patron or sponsor who in the name of art would provide a substantial stipend so that I could have a place where I don’t worry about “writus interruptus.”  That would make one hell of a Chanukah gift but I don’t have much faith that money is going to be showered upon me any time soon so I am trying to focus on other things.

Other things being the euphemism I use for a locked door and ear plugs.

It is getting quieter around the blogosphere. The holiday season is in full effect and the children are on their winter break. Many people are taking some time to spend with family at home or elsewhere. To me that sounds like opportunity. There are fewer posts being written which provides some of us with a better opportunity to break through the chaos and clutter of the normal cacophony.

And that too is part of why I am doing more writing now. I still write first for me and then for you but if I am to find my own sponsor well then now might be a good time to make some more noise of my own.

So I’ll write about this and write about that and in between I’ll still think about how to write that perfect blog post. The question isn’t so much about whether it is possible to get there but about the good things that come from trying.

“Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” 
― Vince Lombardi

 

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13 Comments

  1. Bell January 16, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Writus interruptus. Yeah, I hate that feeling. It’s like biting into a candy bar and suddenly tasting broccoli.

  2. Mark_Harai December 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

    The song has set the mood, thanks for sharing Jack..

    And cheers to catching excellence!

  3. Lady goo goo gaga December 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Awesome!! Thanks for this – and thanks for the “moves like Jagger” tie-in…perfect!!!

  4. Christine December 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    “works of wonkery” is just great writing. You never disappoint.

    And I love that quote. Vince Lombardi is a sports dude, right? I think there’s a play about him. Now I want to see it.

    • TheJackB December 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      @Christine@QuasiAgitato Hi Christine. It is nice to see you. Lombardi was a football coach. He is best known for his time with the Packers. He has some stellar quotes. Here are two more:

      “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

      And

      “Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

  5. KimDavies December 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Hi, Jack.

    Haven’t danced in almost like 5 months because of this growing watermelon in my tummy 😀 But, boy, did I dance before that! 🙂

    You and I are quite the same in the sense that most of my posts and even my paintings or other creations are dependent on mood. And, I always know when I come out with something crappy and feels bad that sometimes, I can’t help but put them out there.

    But, I hope to grow some more in the coming year (not in the tummy area, oh no, not that!), but in my writing and being able to come out with something better even if I am not in the right state of mind. If that is even possible…:D

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Jack! 🙂

    • TheJackB December 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      @KimDavies Hi Kim. How are you feeling? I don’t remember when you are due but it has to be soon.

      I think that with practice it gets easier to post regardless of our mood or what is going on in our lives.

      • KimDavies December 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        @TheJackB I’m not due until mid to late March yet. 🙂 And yes, with practice, I think we can do just that. I haven’t reached that point though, but I think it will come. 🙂

  6. KDillabough December 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh yes, I am dancing! …Moves like Jagger is also now stuck in my mind…yikes!

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