The BBC have been showing a series of programs on Punk, and more generally the punk attitude. I am a product of that era. I emerged a teenager, inspired by the I can do anything and I don’t respect authority attitude. Or, in marketing parlance a typical Gen X.
With this in mind I am now writing this post. As has been said by many, including Chris Brogan (and do take a read through his stuff, it’s great and inspiring) you shouldn’t write an apology for not posting post. Well it is time to break a few rules once more, something CEB encourages anyway.
It has been a while since this beloved site saw some love from me. It isn’t due to a lack of inspiration, or even motivation. or even applying a bit of perspiration and hard work. Ideas have been flowing freely and they still are. Perhaps that is, or rather was, the problem.
What I have lacked is the motivation to organise those ideas into anything substantial. I had google docs all over the place, I had lists littered on a plethora of productivity sites. In fact, I was being overwhelmed. I needed a plan, as Hannibal would say.
And so last weekend I cleared the decks. I pulled all the missed deadlines off of to do lists. I pooled together all the documents I had. I created a spread sheet and added all the ideas. The spread sheet was based on the blog editorial calendar developed by Stephanie Schwab, again certainly worth looking at.
After all this, and through a lot of gritted teeth and determination. I ended up with a plan. And what a plan it is. I have content planned for a considerable time ahead.
The take away?
I learnt that even though I have missed self-imposed deadlines, even though I have been sitting on ideas for an eternity, even though I doubted I could ever sort all this stuff out. I can sort things out and organise the seemingly impossible. And if I can do it, you can too!
Pull everything together and either dump it, chuck it away and never think about it again, or go through it all and decide what you will do. It’s hard work, but it is worth it. I look forward to seeing what you create.