Monday, January 3, 2011

Reverb 10's over, now what?

I need to write more than I do now. I've written various things on the internet over the past 15 years, but I really start to feel like Twitter causes this odd decay in the long-form. It goes a little something like "rather than bang out a blog post, half of which is nonsense, why not just cut out the good stuff and post the nonsense straight to Twitter." Not that it's actually a pre-conceived notion, but you get the idea. And that's exactly what it turns into. Nonsense on Twitter.

Don't get me wrong, Twitter's been a valuable asset, and I probably spend more time using it than anything else in my digital life. I check it in the morning as I'm getting up, during the day and at night before I go to bed. It's where I most often learn of breaking news, and also interact with a core group of friends.

But Reverb 10 really helped me to focus on some things to write, drove a fair amount of traffic here via the hashtag and got a lot of complements. And really made me feel good about long form writing.

So what's next? I don't really think I could keep up the pace of a daily prompt (a quick Google search turns up several of them), but I do want to write more here. Perhaps I will come up with my own writing schedule and map out some things I want to write about. I don't just want this to be a "what I did blog", because frankly, I doubt many of you want to read about changing poopy diapers and I already have a blog that I should be writing in for my daughter.

Anybody have any other ideas for what keeps you motivated to keep writing?